After completing the bunny bottle holder, I crocheted one more (there are 4 of them..🤣) suitable for the same bottle size. In the bunny bottle holder, I was using mole yarn with a weightage of 5-WPI and I did mention in my post that if you are crocheting that using a yarn weightage, you can increase it using the standard incremental formula for the base. Just to give you all a clearer picture, I decided to use a thinner yarn to crochet this bottle cover so that you can see the difference.
Without further adieu, let’s begin to crochet!
Difficulty: Basic (for crocheting), Intermediate (needle sculpting the head portion)
Time Taken: 30-45 min
Abbreviations (US Terminology)
BLO – Back Loops Only
Ch – Chain
dc – Double Crochet
hdc – Half-Double Crochet
sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 stitches Together
sc – Single Crochet
scinc – Single Crochet Increase (crocheting 2 stitches into one stitch)
slst – Slip Stitch
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
I am using 100% polyester nipper yarn with a weightage of 8 to 10-WPI (Bella Baby) and a 5mm crochet hook for this bottle holder. The bottle holder has a base diameter of 8.5cm and a height of
FRONT: 13.5cm if you measure it from the head of the teddy bear to the bottom
BACK AND SIDE: 11.5cm excluding the height of the teddy bear’s head
The length of the ears is 2cm.
Other materials: Big eye needle, 2 safety eyes (5mm) with studs, and 1 safety nose preferably with stud (10mm)
Things to take note of during crocheting this pattern:
- A stitch marker is recommended (especially for the first few rounds) in the first stitch crocheting using this yarn even if we are going to doing a “slip stitch” at the end of each round and a “Chain 1” to begin a new round.
- The first stitch of each round is to be crocheted into the same stitch as “Chain 1”
- I would be using more than 1 stitch marker to indicate some slip stitches as a guide when we are doing stitch counting because the slip stitches are often easily overlooked.
Round 1: Ch-2, 6-sc into the second loop from hook, slip stitch back into the first stitch (6)
Round 2: Ch-1, 6-scinc, slip stitch back into first stitch (12)
Round 3: Ch-1, 12-scinc, slip stitch back into first stitch (24)
Round 4: Ch-1, (3-sc, scinc) x 6, slip stitch back into first stitch (30)
In this pattern, you can see that the base of my bottle holder is completed in 4 rounds instead of 3 rounds when I was crocheting the Bunny bottle holder. Do note that it is okay to have the base slightly bigger or smaller than the bottle base.
Round 5: Ch-1, (BLO) 30-sc, slip stitch back to first stitch (30)
Round 6-7: Ch-1, 30-sc, slip stitch back to first stitch (30)
Round 8: Ch-1, 28-sc, sc2tog, slip stitch back to first stitch (29)
Round 9-10: Ch-1, 29-sc, slip stitch back to first stitch (29)
Round 11: Ch-1, (12-sc, sc2tog) x 2, 1-sc, slip stitch back to first stitch (27)
Round 12-14: Ch-1, 27-sc, slip stitch back to first stitch (27)
If your bottle is taller than 9.5cm, just increase the rounds of 27-sc and estimate enough space for the last three rounds where the head and ears are crocheted.
HEAD AND EARS
Step 1: Ch-1, 11-sc, 1-slst (place a stitch marker into this slip stitch – “ST-1”) skip one stitch (12)
Step 2: 6-hdc into the next stitch, skip one stitch, 1-slst (place a stitch marker into this slip stitch – “ST-2”) (7)
Step 3: 11-sc, slip stitch back into first stitch (11)
Step 1: Ch-1, 11-sc, 1-slst into the stitch marked by “ST1” (place the stitch marker back into the slip stitch) (12)
Step 2: 6-scinc, 1-slst into the stitch marked by “ST2” (place the stitch marker back into the slip stitch) (13)
Step 3: 11-sc, slip stitch back to first stitch (11)
Step 1: Ch-1, 11-slst, 1-slst into the stitch marked by“ST1” in Round 16 (12)
Step 2: 2-slst up the slope, (1-sc, 2-hdc, 1-slst) into the next stitch (6)
Step 3: 6-slst, (1-sc,2-hdc, 1-slst) into the next stitch (10)
Step 4: 2-slst down the slope, 1-slst into the stitch marked by “ST2” in Round 16 (3)
Step 5: 11-slst, slip stitch back into the first Ch-1. (11)
Round 18: Make a final round of slip stitches. Do not slip stitch along the ears but insert your hook into the center hole (the stitch where you crochet the ears in Round 17) so that you can get the effect of the ear behind the head (See photos below). After completing the slip stitching, cut and weave in the tail.
As this bottle already comes with a strap, I don’t have to crochet any straps for it. However, there is a hook on the back of the bottle so I decided to make a strap to further secure the holder to the bottle (just in case).
AFTER COMPLETING ROUND 18:
- Make a chain with a length of 10cm and single crochet all the way back, weave the tail in.
- You can attach the buckle at the tip by making a few single crochet into the bucket before crocheting back up the strap.
- Leave a long tail after finishing crocheting the strap, and bring the tail to the body in order to attach the other part of the bucket using the tail.
- If you are not comfortable with doing the above, you can always sew the buckets separately after finishing crocheting the strap.
ENHANCING THE HEAD VIA NEEDLE SCULPTING
If you are still new to amigurumi, this is the part that requires some experience in crocheting amigurumi. It is difficult to describe the process but I can provide some of the basic steps in this tutorial.
I would twirl the yarn around the stitches (instead of inserting the needle through the stitches) of the ears and the top part of the head to make them rounder. As the nipple yarn is very soft, by doing so, you can “stiffen” the edges so that the ears can stand up better and you will get that “spiral effect” as seen in the photo below.
To be honest, this is the first time I am crocheting a completed workpiece using this yarn, therefore, the process of producing this cutie was quite a bittersweet experience. Initially, I was planning to just sew in two ear patches, just like what I’ve done with the Bunny holder, and I’ve gotten a frog/turtle (that’s what my sister told me) 😣!
With proper needle sculpting, I think this froggy might just work. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any green nipple yarn therefore I had to revert back to Teddy Bear. If this design interests you, why not just give it a try? For the eye patches, just form an AMR and make 6-dc into the AMR then pull it tight to get a semi-circle.
You may make and sell items made from this pattern but please do not sell, share or reproduce the actual pattern.
Hope all you lovely souls enjoy crocheting this Teddy bear (or froggy) bottle holder.
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