Crochet Water Bottle Cozy

Large black water bottle covered with red yarn crocheted cover

Crochet Water Bottle Cozy

Several years ago I was given a water bottle that had a company logo on it – I loved the size and shape of the water bottle but did not like the company logo.

So . . . I covered the white logo with black sharpie but discovered the water bottle needed some spiffy-ing up and that’s when this crochet water bottle cozy was born!

I saw many water bottle cozies made with paracord and macrame stitches that I really liked so I decided to create a crochet-version with Bernat’s Home Dec yarn (one of my favorite yarns!) and I love how this Crochet Water Bottle Cozy turned out – I’ve been using it every day for almost 5 years.

3 water bottles laying on their sides all covered with crocheted covers

You’ll love how the bulky rope-like yarn looks with this project and since it is thick, it goes super fast and is really easy to make for any size water bottle.

The main stitch for this water bottle cozy is a variation of the wonderful half double crochet stitch – I explain it all below but also made a step-by-step video tutorial (see video here) so you can be successful with this project.

Let’s get started!

Skill Level: Easy


Bottom circle: Approx. 3″ diameter

Height of cozy: This can be adjusted to fit any height water bottle

My water bottles are 5″, 7″ and 8″ tall (not including the top) – I just crocheted as many rounds as needed for each bottle – easy peasy!

(Circumference of water bottles in photos: 10-12″)

supplies for the water bottle cozy project including skein of yarn, crochet hook, cord stops, scissors and needle


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1 skein of Bernat’s Home Dec yarn (this project uses a small amount of yarn so one skein is more than enough)

L/8mm crochet hook

Cord Stop

Yarn needle with large eye

Water Bottle– this design works best for a bottle with a lip or curve at the top around the opening

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Notes on the Crochet Water Bottle Cozy:

Project is worked in the round with the Right Side facing


YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Sc (single crochet)

Sl st (slip stitch)

Dc (double crochet)

Hdc (half double crochet)

Green water bottle covered with crocheted cozy made in black, gray and white colors

Special Stitches:

Adjustable Ring-Wrap yarn around hand to create a loop; pull working end of yarn through lp with hk; work stitches into loop and then pull yarn tail to tighten and close up center hole

*Watch a short video tutorial of this technique here*

Back Loop Onlyinsert hk through back loop of each stitch

*Watch a short video tutorial of this technique here*

Hdc2togA (half double crochet 2 together A) for Round 5: YO, insert hk into next st; YO, draw up a lp (3 lps now on hk); YO, insert hk into next st, YO, draw up a lp (5 lps now on hk); YO, pull through all 5 lps on hk

Hdc2togB (half double crochet 2 together B) for Rounds 6 and beyond: YO, insert hk into current sp; YO, draw up a lp (3 lps now on hk); YO, insert hk into same sp, YO, draw up a lp (5 lps now on hk); YO, pull through all 5 lps on hk

Back bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many “V’s” and the chain looks like a braid. Turn the chain over and you see a series of bumps – it is in these bumps that you will work across the chain to produce a cord with even edges along both sides

Click here to watch a short video tutorial on this technique

**UPDATE: Now you can watch a step-by-step video tutorial for this crochet water bottle cozy project:

Instructions for the Crochet Water Bottle Cozy:

by Jennifer

Bottom view of water bottle cozy

Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

Bottom Circle of Water Bottle Cozy:

Round 1: Work 6 sc in an adjustable ring; join with sl st to first st. (6 sc)

**Note: If your water bottle is smaller in diameter than mine, you may want to swap out some of the stitches in Rounds 2 & 3 for shorter stitches. For example, instead of working dcs in Round 2, you may want to do hdcs instead. The pattern will stay the same but by making shorter stitches you will make your bottom circle smaller and it may fit your water bottle better**

Stitch height from shortest to tallest:

sc, hdc, dc, tr

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st; (ch 2, 2 dc in next st) around; ch 2, join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch-3. (12 dcs, 6 ch-2 sps)

Round 3: Sl st in the next st and in the next ch-2 sp; ch 2, 2 hdc in same ch-2 sp; (ch 2, 3 hdc in next ch-2 sp) around; ch 2, sl st in top of starting ch-2. (18 hdcs, 6 ch-2 sps)

Round 4: Ch 1, working in the back loop only, sc in the 1st st and in each ch and st around. (30 sc)

Close up of stitch pattern with the green yarn

**In the video tutorial here I show you an option for how you can work into the back loop and another loop of each of the hdc stitches if you want – click here to see that part of the video**

Sides of Crochet Water Bottle Cozy:

Round 5: Ch 2, [hdc2togA over next 2 sts(cluster made), sk next st, ch 3] around; ending with a ch 3 and sl st in the top of the 1st cluster. (10 clusters, 10 ch-3 sps)

Round 6: Sl st in the next ch-3 sp; ch 2, hdc2togB in same ch-3 sp; (ch 3, hdc2togB in the next ch-3 sp) around ending with a ch 3, sl st in top of 1st cluster. (10 clusters, 10 ch-3 sps)

Repeat Round 6 until cozy length desired – remember this yarn and stitch pattern creates a lot of give so test your cozy by pulling it up to the top of your bottle. Fasten off.

For my 7″ tall water bottle I completed 7 total rounds of the special stitch (hdc2tog)

Securing Cord:

Ch 30 – fasten off.

crochet water bottle cozy laying flat on a table

Optional Handle:

Ch 70

Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in the 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Fasten off. (69 sc)

**If you would like a longer handle so that you can carry the bottle across your body, simply chain the length that would work for you and then mark with a stitch marker. Continue chaining until the first length is doubled; Then, work sc as described above – Remember the handle will stretch quite a bit! **

Crochet water bottle cozy shown with someone's hand holding the handle above it

Finishing your Crochet Water Bottle Cozy:

Weave securing cord through last round’s ch-3 sps going in an under/over pattern

Using yarn needle thread both ends of cord through cord stop

Tie knot at each end of cord and trim off excess

Thread one end of handle through a ch-3 sp at top of cozy; Thread other end of handle through a ch-3 sp on opposite side of cozy; Sew hand ends together and then sew to center of handle length

Slide cozy onto bottle and tighten cord at top

Tada! Your Crochet Water Bottle Cozy is complete!

3 crochet water bottle cozies standing next to each other made in red, black/gray/white and green

I love how this water bottle cozy really looks like it’s been macramed with paracord! This cotton yarn works well to absorb any condensation or drips and is very sturdy. Plus, as you can see in the photo of several cozies, it is quick and easy to make this project in a variety of sizes – that way you can make a Crochet Water Bottle cozy for everyone on your gift list! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed crocheting this project – If you enjoyed working with this yarn, I invite you to check out the Easy Textured Baskets – a FREE pattern here on the blog using one of my favorite stitches!

Happy crocheting!


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44 thoughts on “Crochet Water Bottle Cozy

  1. I have been wanting to make something like this for when I’m hiking with a heavy backpack and don’t want to add water to the heavy load.

  2. This pattern is so different to any other water bottle cosy I’ve seen. I love its rugged outdoor look and think it’ll make a great gift for my eldest son for his wild-camping excursions, particularly if I use olive green or other suitable outdoorsy/camo colour.

    1. Sounds like a good idea! Please send along a photo of your completed cozy – would love to see it done in camo colors! 🙂

  3. This looks very pretty! It almost resembles a bee’s honeycomb… I think when I make one I’ll try using a golden colour with a dark bottle just to keep with the honeycomb effect lol!

  4. Great design. My water bottle is white with green cacti all over it. I like I’ll be able to see my lovely cacti thru the holes.

  5. Love that! Especially love I can wash it. My favourite water bottle is a bright teal blue so I think silvery grey or black for mine.

  6. I think I would make in a olive green,cammo or black for hubby. Perhaps it will prevent him from dropping his water bottle so regularly. Thankyou for the pattern.

    1. I love the choice of the home decor yarn. I feel that it would best suit the weight and the condensation. Very unique design as well.
      Thank you for sharing!

    1. That’s a great idea to add a handle for carrying – I’ll think about adding that to the pattern. Thanks, Renee! 🙂

  7. I would make this in light pink or light blue and use it with my purple water bottle. I think either of those colors would look good with the purple. If I were to make it for my husband, I would make it in light gray or light yellow or maybe light green to go with his black water bottle.

  8. I was thinking if I were going to make this fora boy to take to school, I would do it in camo. Young boys like that. I would also do it in pretty little girl colors. But since I don’t have kids at home anymore I will do one for daughter’s new boy friend in variegated greens ( his favorite colors) to go with the other things I am doing for him from your patterns. He is into Celtic anything. My grandson likes blue to so his will be blue. I like making small useful things for my “kids”.

    1. You could use a thin paracord for this – I’ve seen paracord in various thicknesses. There is also several types of craft cord that could work, too – Have a nice time away!

  9. I would make the Crochet water bottle cozy for my husband. As he drives a truck all day and this way he could carry it with him when he got out of the truck. I would make it in a ocean blue color.

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