The pattern is fairly simple. (If you're not a crocheter but would like one of these, I sell them in my Etsy shop, Zizi Rho Designs.)
- Worsted weight yarn (I've made this with various yarn brands)
- Size I hook
- Tapestry needle
16 sts and 7 rows over the mesh pattern for the bottle (1 dc, ch 1 repeated over number of stitches every row)
Start at the bottom:
Chain 3. Slip stitch into beginning chain making a loop.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st double crochet), then work 9 more double crochets into ring (total 10 dc in ring). Slip stitch into top of ch 3 at beg. of round.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc). Work another dc into that space. Then work 2 dc into each dc from previous round (total 20 dc). Sl st into top of ch 3 from beg. of round.
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc). *Work 2 dc into dc from prev. round, work 1 dc into next dc, repeat from * ending with a 2 dc into dc from prev round (total 30 dc). Sl st into top of ch 3.
Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc). Work a dc into back loop only of every dc from previous round. Sl st into top of ch 3.
Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc). Work 2 dc. (Dc, ch 1-skip one stitch) repeat 5 times (leaving 6 open spaces). Work 3 dc. (Dc, ch 1-skip stitch from below) repeat 5 times. Sl st into top of chain 3.
What you should end up with is four dc, six open spaces, four dc, and six open spaces.
Rounds 5-11: Work mesh pattern
Rounds 12-14: Work sc into each dc and chain space from previous round
Rounds 15-17: Work mesh pattern
Rounds 18 & 19: Work sc into each dc and chain space from previous round
Note: The number of mesh rounds and be increased or decreased depending upon size of bottle you're planning on using. This pattern was created to be long enough for about a one-liter bottle.
Leave the last slip stitch on the hook.
Ch 1 (does not count as sc). Sc into same space as ch 1. Sc into the next 3 sts. Turn.
Repeat previous row: 4 sc across row, turn. Work this row until strap is desired length.
Note: Since this strap is rather stretchy, make sure to take that into account as you're working the strap. 36 inches is a pretty good cross body length.
When strap is desired length, cut yarn leaving about an 8 inch tail, and secure final loop. Using tapestry needle, sew strap (careful not to twist) to the opposite side of carrier where the column of four double crochets meet the top.
(Yes, you could slip stitch the strap to the other side, but that leaves a seam, while sewing the strap to the other side does not.)
Then all that's left is to wind in the ends.