Monday, 9 September 2013

Crochet Hand Gel Cover Pattern

Good morning everyone

I have finally written up my Hand Gel Cover pattern and have posted it below




Please note that this is my own pattern for your personal use, so please do not copy or re-produce it in any way

These will make super little tree presents for Grannies, Mums, Sisters, Dog Lovers, New mums or Aunties and are so quick and easy to make

I have written the pattern in UK crochet terms and in such a way that hopefully novice crocheters can understand - I am however nearly always on hand to give advice so just message me below if you have a query and I will do my best to help you



List of things you will need

Oddments of wool - I have used DK cotton (Personally I think cotton works best for this project as it keeps it shape better than acrylic and doesn't bobble - this can happen due to how many times it will be put in and taken out of your bag !)

4mm Crochet
Stitch Marker
Scissors
Button
Wool Darning needle
Swivel Clip
Keyring Ring (Split Ring)

Right - let's begin


Firstly make a slip knot and work a further 12 chain - Form a ring by doing a slip stitch in the first stitch(the one furthest away from the hook)

Top Tip - when you make a foundation chain, try and make it fairly loose as not only will it be easier to work with, there will be more give in it and it will slip on and off the bottle better





Next - ch 1(this doesn't count as a stitch) and work 12 dc's into the ring (do not join them as this project is worked in a continuous round) -12sts




On this next row we need to increase to allow for the shape of the bottle so we will end up with an 18st round
To do this we need to increase stitches evenly around the row
Work a dc into the first stitch of the previous row and place a stitch marker in the stitch




Work another dc into the same space as you have just done one (this is our 1st increase) then do 1dc in the next stitch and continue in this way 5 times more (2dc into same stitch then 1dc) so you will now have 18sts in your round and hopefully you will have got back to the stitch marker as below





That's the hard bit done but before you continue it's wise to just try your work on the bottle just to check that it fits




The next is personal choice - if you want to use a stitch marker and place at the beginning of each round that is fine, but I find that for me, I just keep going round until I have it the length I need - the great thing about this method is that there is no beginning or end - just keep going round and round
Work in dc (just 1dc in each stitch) there is no increase or decrease in this part




At regular intervals, keep checking to see if you have worked enough stitches - the top of the bottle should be the same height as your work and when you have reached this part, make sure that you finish to the left hand side at the back of the bottle

Top tip - this may sound strange me saying what I did above, as I have just said there is no beginning or no end so you would think there is no back or front, but I like to have the tail of the ring(that we made at the beginning) towards the back - not essential, but it makes it look neater - even when the tail end has been sewn in it can show slightly so no-one will see if it's towards the back of the work

We now have to make the flap to keep the bottle safe and snug
Work 8dc along your work (make sure you have taken the bottle out)
These 8 stitches will form our flap so we will only be working on these now




ch 1 and turn your work and go back along the row working 8dc (1 in each stitch) making sure that you work into the stitch that is to the base of your first chain
Work a further 6 Rows in this way (ch1 and 8dc along row)

Top tip - I prefer a deep flap so 8 rows in total works for me, but you can do less if you want, just make sure that before you start your decrease, the flap actually covers the top of the bottle completely

We now need to start decreasing so that the flap comes to a point ready for the button - I suppose you could just continue straight, but the flap would curl up at the sides so it really is worth decreasing and it's not hard - I promise




We need to decrease one stitch at each end of the row so the next row is as follows

ch1- turn your work - decrease 2 together - this is done by inserting your hook in the first stitch, yo and  pull 1st loop through, but before you complete this dc, you simply put your hook in the next dc, yo and pull 1st loop back over (so you will have 3 loops on your hook), yo and then pull all 3 loops over leaving you just 1 loop - work 4 dc (1 in each of the next 4 stitches) - you will now have 2 stitches left on this row, so decrease these two together with the above method - 6 sts

Next row - decrease one at each end again so ch1, decrease 2together, work 2dc (1 dc in the next 2 stitches) decrease in the last 2 stitches - 4sts

Next row - ch 1, decrease in the next 2 stitches and then decrease in the next 2 stitches again - 2st

Next Row - ch1 and decrease the last 2 stitches together, cut yarn leaving enough to sew in comfortably, then yo and slip stitch the two loops off pulling yarn back through to secure

Top tip - If you are making one to fit a different size bottle, it is always best to have a even number of stitches in the flap so that as you decrease you are finally left with 2 stitches making the top of the flap neater





To neaten off the flap, lay your cover face down - rejoin yarn at the base of the flap at the right and work dc stitches evenly up the right hand side of the flap

Once you have reached the top, you will need to make a loop for the button





Create a chain - I have done a 7ch as my button is medium size but this will really depend on how you crochet and you may find that you have to unpick it a few times before you get the loop the right size - noting that the wool will stretch slightly so don't make it too big or it may slip off




When you are happy with the chain, secure it to the left hand side with a slip stitch






Continue to work dc down the left hand side and try to do the same amount of stitches as you did on the right so that it is nice and even. When you get to the bottom of the flap, break off yarn and slip stitch pulling yarn through to secure it




Put the bottle back in the cover to see where you need to place the button and then carefully remove the bottle, trying to keep the button in the right place and sew button on securely


If you would like your bottle to hang from your bag then all you need to do is fit a ring and clasp on it - I tried several ways and most were time consuming, so in the end I decided on this method






Get a ring (like the ones that you get on key rings and opening it up slightly,  feed it through the stitches at the back - this is entirely up to you how many you go through but try and keep it central

Finally attach a swivel clip and you will now have clean hands where ever you go






I have made this for one of the smaller bottles that you can buy but most of them have roughly the same cap size so it's really just a case of making a longer body to fit the bottle
If however you want to make it for a much bigger bottle just work along the same lines but using more stitches and make sure that the neck increase is even

Happy Crocheting and remember if you want any help you only have to ask
xxx