Water Bottle Cozy

 Materials: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton or any worsted weight yarn (approx 100 grams)

                   Size 4 mm crochet hook 

                   Elastic band or 1/4" elastic the right size to go around the neck of the bottle

Special Pattern Stitches Used:
Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc):

YO, insert hook from front to back to front around post of st indicated,draw up lp to height of working row; {YO and draw through 2 lps on hook}twice—FPdc made.

Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc):
YO, insert hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated, draw up lp to height of working row; {YO and draw through 2 lps on hook}twice—FPdc made.

(for diagrams/pictures go to: http://www.crochetcabana.com/stitches/ltc-stitches-fpdc-bpdc.htm)  

Ch 5, sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: ch2, 12 hdc in ring, sl st to 2nd ch of beginning ch-2.

Rnd 2: ch2, hdc in same st, * hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around, ending with 2 hdc. Sl st in 2nd ch of beginning ch-2 (20 hdc)

Rnd 3: ch1, * sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts; repeat from * around, ending with a sc in each of the last 3 sts, sl st to first sc. (24 sc)

Rnd 4: ch2, hdc in same st, * hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat from * around, ending with a hdc in each of the last 2 sts. Sl st in 2nd ch of beginning ch-2. (32 hdc)

Rnd 5: ch1, sc in same st, 2 sc in next st, * sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around, ending with a sc in each of last 4 sts. Sl st to ch-1. (42 sc)

Rnd 6: ch 3, using back loops only, dc in each hdc around, sl st to top of beginning ch-3, (42 dc)

Rnd 7: ch 1, FPdc in each dc around, join with sl st to top of FPdc.

 Repeat Rnd 7, 17 - 21 times or until desired height.

 Next Rnd: ch 1, (holding elastic on inside of work), sc in each st, bringing loops around elastic to encase it in the round, sl st into beginning ch-1. (do not break yarn if working handle)

 Handle (optional): With right side facing, dc in next 4 sts, ch 1 and turn.

Row 1: FPdc across each st, ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: BPdc across each st, ch 1 and turn.  

Repeat Rnds 1&2 until desired length, cut yarn and sew handle in place.