Father’s day is only weeks away (Can you believe it?), and with that in mind, I have something a little different just for the special dad or father figure in your life. The Jute Force canteen carrier (or water bottle holder) uses jute instead of yarn, for a unique look that is also multi-functional. According to my outdoor-loving husband (who originally requested this to hold his Klean Kanteen), having items with more than one function is important especially when heading out on a hike or camping trip. 😉 How does this carrier have multiple uses, you ask? Jute is a natural fiber that can be used for cordage in an emergency camping or backpacking situation (the holder can be unraveled and used to string up a tarp for shelter or tie sticks together to make a framework for a shelter), and it could also be used as tinder to start a fire if you needed to stay warm. Pretty nifty, huh?
While I designed this to custom fit my husbands bottle, this easy pattern should work for a variety of canteens, thermoses, and water bottles. If your dad, or husband is a rough and rustic, outdoorsy kind of guy, there’s a good chance that this holder would make a welcomed gift this Father’s Day! Just be sure to use heavy duty garden twine. The crafting jute (such as you see on cards, or braided into necklaces) is too thin.
Let’s begin, shall we?
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200 yards heavy duty Jute garden twine (you don’t want the real thin crafting stuff.)
6.5mm (K) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
A dad, or father figure who loves the outdoors
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
BLO = back loop only, work all stitches for the round in the back loop.
Finished water bottle holder should be 8 1/2″ tall, and should fit a water bottle up to 11 1/2″ in circumference.
4″ across after round 2, or 9 dc stitches in 4″.
-Despite my concerns about my hands holding up to working with jute, I found it very easy. The most important thing to remember-use loose tension! Rubber gloves might help if your hands start to chafe.
-This pattern might also work with a bulky yarn, but instead of doing sc for the strap, I’d recommend going with dc instead. This will increase your yarn yardage requirement a little bit, but should also make it stronger.
-If you want your canteen carrier/water bottle holder about 2″ shorter, leave off rounds 6 and 11.
Jute Force Canteen Carrier (water bottle holder)
Round 1: 12 dc in magic circle. Join with sl st to first dc (12)
Round 2: ch 1, 2 dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first dc (24)
Circle should measure 4″ in diameter
Round 3: ch 1, working in BLO, dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first dc (24)
Rounds 4-6: ch 1, dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first dc (24)
Rounds 7-8: ch 1, working in BLO, sc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc (24)
Round 8: ch 1, working in BLO, dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first dc (24)
Rounds 9-11: ch 1, dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first dc (24)
Round 12: ch 1, working in BLO, sc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc (24)
Begin handle or body strap. This can be as long or short as you like:
Note: A very short handle or loop can be paired with a carabiner to clip the holder to a backpack or belt. I’d recommend not making the loop longer than 12 ch. Sew the loop back on itself, instead of trying to stretch it across to the other side of the holder.
Ch 117 for a cross-body strap, (48″ long), or 13 for a short, 5″ loop. sc in second ch from hook, and in each stitch across. Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Cut 12″ length of jute and sew the strap end to the opposite side of the top of the bottle holder. The small loop can be sewn back on itself and a carabiner put through to clip the holder to a backpack or belt.
Knot it off using a square knot, leaving the tails just long enough so they can be undone in an emergency. You can weave the ends in if you don’t plan to use this as cordage or tinder in case of a backwoods emergency. 😉
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This water bottle carrier pattern was made to be used by individuals, and small business crocheters alike. Selling your finished pieces in boutiques, at farmer’s markets, craft shows and other events is encouraged! The only thing I require is that it not be used commercially to produce millions of copies.
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