Today I’ve got a really quick, easy and free crochet bottle cozy for you! Check out the Ridged Bottle Cozy! And as an added bonus, this might just make the perfect gift for those men in your life that are impossible to crochet for. This pattern has been husband-approved over here at my house. I hope you love them too!
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Ok, now credit where credit is due: my husband not only approved these bottle cozies, but he also inspired them. I asked him, what’s something crochet that men might like for Father’s Day. His first (and only helpful) answer was a drink cozy. So I decided to run with that one.
I love the way Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn works up, so I knew that was the route to go. But I also wanted something with nice grip. The Camel Stitch give me exactly the texture that I was looking for! And it creates some cool ridges that I think you’ll like too.
Now there’s nothing too fancy in this crochet pattern, because I already promised it’s quick and easy. But there are a few stitches that you might not be familiar with.
Camel Stitch aka Crochet in the 3rd Loop
So this stitch is completed over a row of half double crochet. If you take a close look at a half double crochet stitch you might notice that you have a front and back loop like most stitches. But just behind the back loop is the 3rd loop. In this pattern, you will half double crochet in the 3rd loop. So essentially, you will insert your hook into that loop behind the back loop and complete the stitch as normal.
My friend Sarah at The Plush Pineapple has a tutorial on this stitch. If you’d like more of a breakdown, be sure to head over there and check it out! And if you would like to experiment with this stitch a little more, try my XOXO Slouch Hat, XOXO Cowl, or XOXO Earwarmer.
So when you’re crocheting in the round, you’re bound to run into a visible seam. Especially with a yarn like this, that shows such great stitch definition. I tried a few different joining techniques and this one was my favorite.
To complete this join, remove hook from the last stitch of the row. Insert it into the top stitch of the first stitch of that row from the back to the front. Put the loop from the last stitch back on your hook and pull through the top of the first stitch. Pull tight. Continue working the next row as written.
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Sl St – Slip Stitch
Ch – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
SC INC – Single Crochet Increase
SC in BLO – Single Crochet in the Back Loop Only
HDC in 3rd Loop – Half Double Crochet in Third Loop
Invisible Join (see Special Stitches)
(With K hook) Working in the round. Alternating between Hdc row and Hdc in the 3rd Loop row. 13 stitches x 12 rows = 4” square
(laid flat) 3.5” x 5”
- Chains at the beginning of the rows do not count as stitches throughout this pattern.
- The base of the bottle cozy is working in a continuous round. The body will be worked in a round with invisible joins at the end of each row.
Using 6.5mm (K) hook.
Round 1: Sc 8 into a Magic Circle. (8)
Round 2: Sc Inc in each stitch around. (16)
Round 3: *Sc, Sc Inc*. Repeat from * to * around. Using Invisible Join, join to first stitch of Round 3. (24)
Your base should now measure approximately 2” across.
Round 4: Ch 1. Sc in BLO in each stitch around. Invisible join to first sc. (24)
Round 5: Ch 2. Hdc in each stitch around. Invisible join to first hdc. (24)
Round 6: Ch 2. Hdc in 3rd Loop in each stitch around. Invisible join to first hdc. (24)
Round 7-16: Repeat Rounds 5-6 four more times. (Note: for a taller cozy, continue repeats of Rounds 5-6 until cozy reaches desired height.)
Tie off and weave ends.
I hope you love this crochet bottle cozy pattern. I’m already over here making another one so we have a set! It’s so quick and easy, I think you’re gonna love it too. Be sure to tag me on Instagram @craftingforweeks and use the hashtag #ridgedbottlecozy so I can see your work!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!