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13+ Easy Crochet Hot Water Bottle Covers

Is your hot water bottle cover looking a little tired and in need of replacing?  Or maybe you’re looking for a quick crochet gift to make?

I’m sharing some fantastic crochet hot water bottle cover patterns that are suitable for beginners – and if you’ve been crocheting for a while, you’ll love them too.

Montage of four photos showing different crochet hot water bottle covers

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Use up your scrap yarn on these quick and easy crochet projects to give your hot water bottle a brand-new look!

Tips and Advice for using Hot Water Bottles

Before we start with the hot water bottle cover crochet patterns, here are some tips and advice for using hot water bottles safely and effectively:

  1. Quality and safety: Choose a high-quality hot water bottle made from rubber or thermoplastic materials. Ensure it is in good condition without any visible signs of wear or damage.  Do not use your hot water bottle after the expiration date. Your hot water bottle has a daisy wheel printed on the rubber, which can be used to find out the date your hot water bottle was made and help you understand its life span.  The number in the centre of the flower is the year the bottle was manufactured, so a bottle with a 22 was made in 2022.  The twelve petals of the flower represent the months of the year. The number of segments filled with dots shows which month it was made.  For example, a flower with seven petals filled with dots means it was made in July. The number of dots in each petal represents the weeks, so you can get as accurate as to find out which week in what month of what year your bottle was made.  The recommendation is to use a hot water bottle for a maximum of 2 years after its manufacture.
  2. Filling the bottle: Use hot, but not boiling, water to fill the bottle. Boiling water can cause the bottle to weaken and potentially burst. Fill the bottle to about two-thirds of its capacity, leaving enough space for the water to expand as it heats up.
  3. Temperature check: Before using the hot water bottle, check the temperature of the water by placing the back of your hand against the bottle. It should feel comfortably warm, not scalding hot. If it’s too hot, let it cool down for a while before using it.
  4. Secure sealing: Make sure the cap or stopper is tightly secured to prevent any leakage. Hold the bottle upside down and gently squeeze to check for any water leakage before using it.
  5. Cover the bottle: Always use a cover before applying it to your body. This helps to prevent direct contact with the hot surface and reduces the risk of burns.
  6. Children and elderly: Exercise extra caution when using hot water bottles with children or the elderly, as they may have more sensitive skin. Always supervise them during use and ensure the bottle is at a safe temperature.
  7. Storage: After use, empty the hot water bottle and let it air dry thoroughly before storing it. Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Related Home Décor Crochet Patterns

These crochet projects will spruce up your home décor:

Crochet Hot Water Bottle Covers

Clicking on the numbered link before the image will take you to the free crochet pattern.

The majority of these patterns use US Terminology.

For my UK crocheters, the table below is a conversion of basic crochet stitches from US to UK.

US Crochet TermsUK Crochet Terms
single crochet (sc)double crochet (dc)
half double crochet (hdc)half treble crochet (htr)
double crochet (dc)treble crochet (tr)
treble (tr)double treble (dtr)
double treble (dtr)triple treble (trtr)

1. Moonbeam Hot Water Bottle Cover

the side view of a hot water bottle showing the neck of the cover
Jera’s Jamboree

Combining front post stitches with the braided cable stitch, my free pattern will not only keep your hot water bottle snug but also showcase your crochet skills.

I chose to use an envelope closure making it easy to remove for washing.

I used used Aran/Worsted yarn but a smaller hook for denser fabric.

You’ll need:

The hot water bottle cover measures 14” / 35.5cm (h)  X  9” / 23cm (w) to fit a 2 litre hot water bottle.

Prefer working offline? This pattern is available to purchase on Etsy.

2. Owl Hot Water Bottle Cover

crocheted hot water bottle with an owl on the front and pompoms crocheted in mauve and white
Jera’s Jamboree

Use up your yarn stash to make my owl tapestry crochet hot water bottle cover.

I chose a pouch construction with this design with a drawstring closure. This makes it versatile – you can use it to store lots of different things!

Not made a pom pom before? Don’t worry, I show you how with my free pom pom template.

Suitable for beginners.

3. Granny Stripe Heart Hot Water Bottle Cover

hot water bottle crocheted cover in cream and reds using the granny stitch
Photo Credit: Hooked On Patterns

This free crochet pattern uses the Granny stitch.  Must admit, I love this stitch, it’s so easy to get lost in the rhythm!

Using 4 colours to create a gradient effect looks fabulous but would look just as good in any colour.

The free pattern gives instructions on how to change colour if you haven’t done this before.

This cover fits most standard 2 litre sized rubber bottles.

The finished flat measurements are approximately 23cm (9”) in width, 28cm (11”) in length excluding neck, and 35cm (13.75”) from base to top of bottle neck.

This pattern is available to purchase as a PDF on Ravelry.

4. Basic Hot Water Bottle Cover

crochet hot water bottle cover in shades of blue
Photo Credit: Emma Ward

This is a solid cover meaning there are no gaps to burn fingers.

I think this is a great starting off point to help you design your own hot water bottle covers and customize them. 

The basic stitches used in this pattern are chains, single crochet, half double, front post half double and back post half double (US crochet terms). The pattern does include tutorials on how to do those stitches so if you haven’t worked the post stitches before, don’t worry.

Use this free pattern to guide you for how to make a cozy to fit whatever size bottle you have.

This crochet pattern is a FREE PDF download on Ravelry.

Best gifts for crocheters? Get inspired with my gift guide

5. Sparkly Stars How Water Bottle Cover

crocheted hot water bottle cover in olive and cream border with stars around the neck
Photo Credit: Kate Eastwood

This hot water bottle crochet pattern fits a two-litre hot water bottle, measuring around 20x32cm, with a straight edge along the bottom of the bottle.

You’ll need:

  • 1x ball worsted weight yarn in colour 1
  • 1x ball worsted weight yarn in colour 2
  • 4mm crochet hook (for the cover)
  • 3mm crochet hook (for the stars)
  • Small amount of coordinating ribbon

Step-by-step instructions make this a very easy pattern to follow and to customise.

You’ll have hooked your new hot water bottle cover in no time!

6. Rubber Hot Water Bottle Crochet Cover

hot water bottle cover crocheted in olive and white
Photo Credit: Top Knot Crochet

How effective is this pattern!  I love how the addition of mini bobble stitches in this pattern make it pop.

Size fits 13″ x 8″ [33 cm x 20 cm] bottle.  Clear instructions are included on which rows and stitches to miss out for a smaller hot water bottle.

The front piece is worked by following the chart with written instructions for the back and neck.

This free crochet pattern is worked in sport/fine weight yarn and a 3.5mm hook.

 If you haven’t crocheted a bobble stitch before you’ll be adding to your stitch library.

7. Matching Hot Water Bottle Covers

2 hot water bottles - one crocheted with spots, one crocheted with stripes in reds, grey and cream
Photo Credit: LoveCrafts

Have you got DK yarn in your stash?  How about his ‘n’ hers hot water bottle covers?  No arguing and no sharing 🙂

Both covers are made in co-ordinating colours and the pattern fits a 2L hot water bottle, measuring approx. 20cm x 32cm, with a straight edge along the bottom of the bottle.

The design of the cozy allows you to fill the bottle from the top without taking the cover off, but there is also a fold-over flap at the back so the cover can easily be removed for washing.

Crochet the spots and stripes in your favourite colours, snuggle up with your latest read or watch that movie that’s been on your list for ages.

8.  Granny Square Hot Water Bottle Cover

hot water bottle crocheted in granny squares in turquoise, orange, blue
Photo Credit: Taomi Tucker

Granny squares make the best building blocks for all sorts of crochet projects don’t they!

Each sunburst granny square in this free crochet pattern for hot water bottle cover measures approximately 9cm square and you’ll need to crochet 12 of them.

Worried about joining the granny squares?  Instructions are really clear and if you haven’t joined squares before, you’ll be adding a new crochet technique to your skills.

Follow the colour scheme in the pattern for a bright addition to your home or choose the 4 colours to match your décor.  Either way, you’ll love showing off your cover.

This hot water bottle cover pattern is a free PDF download.

9. Hot Water Bottle Cover With Heart Pocket

hot water bottle cozy crocheted in pink and white with a pink heart on the front
Photo Credit: The Knitting Network

I love the heart-shaped compartment for secret messages in this beginner crochet pattern. 

Just think how uplifting it would be if you’re not feeling so good and you find a message just for you tucked into the pocket.  This would work great for kids and adults!  You could tuck away a positive affirmation too.

This hot water bottle cozy has a zip fastener.  If you haven’t added a zip to your crochet projects before, you’ll be adding to your skills.

Measurements: Width across 22cm/ 8¾in and 35cm/ 13¾in long

To complete the crochet pattern for this gorgeous accessory, you will need:

  • 2 x 50g (120m) balls of Merino DK in each of your coordinating colours for the front and back  and 1 ball of a different colour for the heart
  • 3.50 crochet hook
  • 20cm zip fastener
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Novelty zip pull (optional)

The coordinating colours used in this pattern look great but you could also use your favourite coloured yarn.

This is a paid pattern.

10.  Personalised Hot Water Bottle Cover

hot water bottle cozy crocheted in brown with an embroidered initial in white on the front
Photo Credit: creJJtion

The easy step-by-step instructions show you how to crochet a hot water bottle cover.

Instead of using tapestry crochet to add an initial, you’ll be using embroidery to finish up this free crochet hot water bottle cover.

Add any initial onto your crocheted cover to make this a perfect personlized gift.

11.  Granny Square Hot Water Bottle Cover

Hot water bottle cozy crocheted in granny squares in cream, orange, blue, red and green
Photo Credit: Sew Happy Creative

Here’s another crochet hot water bottle cover pattern based on the traditional granny square.

The pattern also uses 12 granny squares but this time, they’re joined using a continuous join for a smooth finish. 

The pattern includes a tutorial for how to crochet granny squares together so if you haven’t joined granny squares using this method, don’t worry!

It’s great to try different joining methods for you to know which suits you best.

Measurement: Designed to fit a 2 litre hot water bottle

The pattern is written in U.K. terms. You will need to be familiar with the following stitches:

UK English. US

  • ch = chain chain
  • ss= slip stitch slip stitch
  • tr = treble double crochet
  • sp = space space
  • htr= half treble half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet single crochet.
  • beg = beginning. beginning
  • bl = back loop. back loop
  • fl = front loop. front loop

You will any DK weight … ideal for using up small amounts of your stash. You will need 2 balls of the main colour for joining.

You will also need:

  • 4mm hook
  • Wool needle
  • Scissors

The crochet pattern has a full photo tutorial to guide you.

This is a paid pattern.

12.  Granny Square Hot Water Bottle Cover

hot water bottle crocheted with granny squares that pop - crocheted in pink, lime green, neon blue, yellow and white
Photo Credit: Marrose

This granny square hot water bottle cover is different from those above.  Using buttons to secure the bottom of the cover, this is a great design feature to play around with.  Match the buttons with your colour scheme or add different colours to make your work pop.

The granny squares are also join as you go with a link to a tutorial.

If you haven’t worked a picot edging, the simple picot in this crochet pattern will give you experience on a smaller project and is something you could use on other crochet projects in the future.

13. Valentine Hottie

Hot water bottle cozy crocheted in pink with white embroidered hearts on the front and white borders
Photo Credit: Cherry Heart

Prefer to crochet in the round?  You’ll enjoy working this cozy.

The opening is buttoned at the bottom making it easy to get in and out.

You’ll be adding cross stitch to this hot water bottle cover.

Materials needed:

  • Super Chunky Yarn x 2
  • A few yards of two contrasting color yarns
  • Crochet Hooks size 10mm and 7mm
  • Yarn needle (blunt tip)
  • 3 buttons approx 1.5cm diameter
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Sewing needle and thread

Written in UK Terms with US stitch names listed for reference, this easy crochet project has photo tutorials as well as a full written pattern with clear instructions.

The cross stitch pattern is included as well.

This pattern is available as a FREE PDF download.

14. Patons Color Wheel Hot Water Bottle Cozy

hot water bottle cozy crocheted in granny squares - predominantly grey with yellow, red and mauve.  The front is all granny squares but the back has stripes of the same colours from the bottom to a third of the way up
Photo Credit: Yarnspirations/Patons

12 motifs join together to make the front of this cozy with 6 more and stripes of colour for the back (the neck of the hot water bottle is left uncovered).  The stripes form part of the opening and is secured with 4 buttons.

Download the free PDF pattern for this hot water bottle cozy and get hooking with colour to uplift your mood.

15. Cozy Cable Hot Water Bottle Cover

crocheted hot water cozy in grey with a full cable stitch running through the middle and smaller cables running either side
Photo Credit: Hooked on Patterns

The final pattern I’m sharing is for you to challenge yourself.

Cable hot water bottle covers are in trend (and the majority of them are knitted). 

Stand out from the crowd with this crochet cosy cable knit style hot water bottle cover from Hooked on Patterns.

There is a photo tutorial to help alongside the written instructions.

Crocheted in chunky yarn on a 6mm hook you’ll have this project finished in no time!

This design has a stretch ribbed neck for fitting over the hot water bottle without the need for drawstrings, buttons or other attachments. The cover has the same cable stitch design on both sides.

Designed to fit a standard sized hot water bottle the finished cover approximate measurements – Width 9″ x Height 11” up to neck height 15” including neck.

You will need:

  • Bulky (UK Chunky) or 2 strands of DK yarn in any colour you choose – approximately 200g
  • 6mm crochet hook or size needed to achieve correct gauge
  • Yarn needle & scissors

This paid pattern is written in US crochet terms and includes a chart to convert into UK terms.

Happy Crocheting!

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