This easy water bottle holder pattern uses jute instead of yarn to crochet a unique looking carrier that is also multi-functional. It uses single crochet and double crochet stitches, so even a beginner can make it. A simple strap is also included in the instructions so you can create a sling.
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. While I designed this to custom fit my husband’s bottle, this easy pattern should work for a variety of canteens, thermoses, and water bottles. If your dad, grandpa, 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!
A water bottle holder with many uses
According to my outdoor-loving husband (who originally requested this crochet water bottle carrier 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 water bottle holder 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?
Tips for crocheting with jute
If you have never crocheted with jute before it is important to keep a few things in mind:
1. Use relaxed tension since jute is rougher than yarn. This will save the skin on your hands.
2. Take a break if your hands start aching. Trying these stretches before you crochet may help.
3. A little itchiness is normal when working with twine, but if your hands stay red and itchy then you may have a sensitivity to the jute and should use a different material, such as hemp, or cotton cord, to crochet this next time.
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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, grandpa, 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 have very sensitive skin), I found it easy. The most important thing to remember: use loose tension, and take breaks if your hands start to hurt.
-This pattern might also work with a #5 chunky 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 Pattern (US Terms):
Round 1: 12 dc in magic circle, join with sl st to first dc. (12)
Round 2: ch 1, 2 dc in each st 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 st around, join with sl st to first dc. (24)
Rounds 4-6: ch 1, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first dc. (24)
Rounds 7-8: ch 1, working in BLO, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (24)
Round 8: ch 1, working in BLO, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first dc. (24)
Rounds 9-11: ch 1, dc in each st around, join with sl st to first dc. (24)
Round 12: ch 1, working in BLO, sc in each st 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 st 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 (only works with jute twine) in case of a backwoods emergency.
I would love to see a picture when you’re done, so please feel free to come by my Facebook group and show off your project! Be sure to tag @kirstenhollowaydesigns when you share pictures of your finished water bottle holder on Instagram, and use #juteforcecanteencarrier!
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