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V-Stitch Water Bottle Holder – Free Pattern

Water Bottle Holder

This V-Stitch Water Bottle Holder pattern has been a long time coming. I created it a couple of years ago, and have been meaning to publish it for ages. But things kept popping up and it got put on the back burner, again and again.
This week I finally stopped procrastinating and edited the photos and polished the pattern and here we go!
This water bottle holder will hold bottles of just about any shape up to around 700ml.

Please find the free pattern below, or if you would like an ad-free PDF, you can purchase a copy for only $2 by clicking here

crochet V-stitch water bottle holders in pink, green and mustard

Free V-stitch Water Bottle Holder Pattern


10ply, worsted or aran weight cotton.
I used a little over half (55 g)of 1 skein of Knit Picks Dishie yarn,<3.5 oz/100g. 190 yds/173 m>
4.5mm hook
Stitch markers


ch – chain
ss – Slip Stitch
sc – Single Crochet
dc – Double Crochet
V-Stitch – 1DC, Ch1, 1dc all in the same stitch

Main Body

Start with a magic ring or chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to the first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch here and throughout), 12 dc into the ring, join to your first dc with a ss. (12)
Round2: Ch 2, 2dc in each stitch around, join to first dc with a ss (24)
Round 3: Ch 2 *1dc in the first stitch, 2dc in next stitch* repeat from * around, join with a ss (36)
Round 4: Ch 2, In back loops only, 1 dc in each stitch around. Join with a ss ch2, (36)
Round 5: Ch 2, 1 dc in each stitch around, join with a ss (36)

V-Stitch Water Bottle Holder - Round 4, Dc in Back loops only

Round 6: Ch 4 (counts as 1dc and 1 chain), dc in the same stitch, skip 2 stitches V-stitch in next stitch, repeat around, join with a ss into 3rd ch of the ch 4 (12 V-Stitches)
Round 7: slip stitch into chain space of the first v stitch, ch 4 (counts as 1dc and 1 chain) Dc in the same stitch, V stitch into the centre of next V- Stitch, repeat around, join with a ss into 3rd ch of the ch4 (12 V-Stitches)
Rounds 8 -13; repeat round 7. (36)
Round 14: Ch 2, 1dc in the same stitch as ss, *1dc in ch space 1dc in next 2 dc; repeat 11 times, join with a ss. (36)
Round 15: Ch1, sc in each stitch around then join with a ss. (36)

V-Stitch Water Bottle Holder - Round 15 - sc in each stitch

The Strap

Round 1: Continuing on from the slip stitch, ch 131, (or to the length you would like the strap)
Round 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and every ch stitch along, ss into the 2nd sc of the bag body and then ss into the 3rd stitch along, turn
Round 3: sc in the last sc of the previous round on the strap and each stitch along, finish off leaving a long tail to sew the free end of the trap to the bag.
Count along 16 of the unworked stitches on the top of the bag and place a stitch marker in this stitch.
This marks the first of the 3 stitches you will sew the strap to.
Then sew the end of the strap to the body of the bag, starting with the stitch you marked and going across the 17th and 18th stitches.
Finish off and sew in all your ends, and your V-Stitch water bottle holder is complete.

V-Stitch Water Bottle Holder

I really hope you like the pattern. If you had any issues or questions please send me a message.

This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Crochet by Carms.
Please do not redistribute, transfer, or sell the pattern, or alter it to claim it as your own. You may sell any products you create from this pattern. Please credit the designer by linking online listings or tagging @crochetbycarms.

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Fringed Rainbow Wall Hanging – Free Crochet Pattern

fringed rainbow

Who doesn’t love a rainbow? I know I do, and they seem to have become even more popular this year! Not surprising with 2020 being the year that it has been, I think we all need the positivity that looking at a rainbow can bring.

These fringed rainbow wall hangings are pretty simple to make, and you can have lots of fun playing around with colour. I have made the usual rainbow colour, as well as replacing the red with bright pink, a pastel version, and even a natural/earth-toned one. I also have blue and purple-hued ones in my long mental to-do list, as well as revered colours and more, and hopefully will be able to make them soon!

Fringed Rainbow Wall Hanging Crochet Pattern


  • 4mm hook
  • 8ply/DK acrylic yarn of your choice of colours, I used 6 different colours, and none require a full skein.
    Purple (c1), Blue (c2), Green (c3), Yellow (c4), Orange (c5), Red (c6)
  • large eyed yarn needle – for sewing in your ends
  • scissors

Abbreviations (US)

  • ch – Chain
  • st – stitch
  • DC – Double Crochet

Finished size

30cm wide x 28 cm tall


The Chain 2 does not count as a stitch, so the first DC of each round goes into the same stitch as the chain.
When finishing off with a colour, leave a long tail, and you can then knot it into your fringe and save yourself some ends to sew in.


Using c1, create a magic circle, or ch 4 and slip stitch to first ch to make a loop

  • Rnd 1: Chain 2, 6 DC into the loop/circle, ch2 turn
  • Rnd 2: 2DC in each stitch ch2, turn (12) change to c2
  • Rnd 3: DC in first stitch, 2DC in next stitch repeat x6 ch2, turn (18)
  • Rnd 4: Dc in first 2 stitches, 2DC in next stitch repeat x6, ch2, turn (24) change to c3
  • Rnd 5: Dc in first 3 stitches, 2DC in next stitch repeat x6, ch2, turn (30)
  • Rnd 6: Dc in first 4 stitches, 2DC in next stitch repeat x6, ch2, turn (36) change to c4
  • Rnd 7: Dc in first 5 stitches, 2DC in next stitch repeat x6, ch2, turn (42)
  • Rnd 8: Dc in first 6 stitches, 2DC in next stitch repeat x6, ch2, turn (48) change to c5
  • Rnd 9: Dc in first 7 stitches, 2DC in next stitch repeat x6, ch2, turn (54)
  • Rnd 10: Dc in first 8 stitches, 2DC in next stitch repeat x6, ch2, turn (60) change to c6
  • Rnd 11: Dc in first 9 stitches, 2DC in next stitch repeat x6, ch2, turn (66)
  • Rnd 12: Dc in first 10 stitches, 2DC in next stitch repeat x6, ch2, turn (72) Fasten off


For the fringe, you will need 16 strands of each colour yarn, each approximately 35 cm long. To make things easier find an object to wrap the yarn around to get the appropriate length such as a book or small box.

Using 4 strands of the same colour, fold them in half and pass the folded loops from front to back over the bottom stitch on the rainbow, then draw the ends through the loops (this is called a larks head knot in macrame). If you are having trouble feeding it through, using your hook to grab the loops is a big help.
complete those steps on the beginning and end of each row, so you have 4 lots of fringe for each colour, 24 in total.

Then trim your fringe to the length you desire. If your yarn is a little wrinkly (for want of a better word), I found using a hair straightener on the fringe makes it look fabulous, and easier to trim.
Then just add a string to the top to hang it and your fringed rainbow wall hanging is complete!

Hope you enjoy the pattern, and if you post your finished product on social media, please tag me @crochetbycarms so I can praise your creation!

Love Carmen

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Wednesday WIP #5 – Call the Midwife Blanket

Wednesday WIP #5 - Call the Midwife Blanket

Wow, that was a long time between posts, wasn’t it? My bad, things just got crazy, and then I just wasn’t in the right headspace and got lazy. Rest assured though that the crochet continued!
A lot has happened since I last posted and a lot of items have been crocheted in that time. One WIP that has taken quite a long time already is my call the midwife blanket.
I’m not even sure when I started this one as it was so long ago. I know it was over 18 months ago though as I posted about it on Instagram in December 2018.

My Call the Midwife Blanket

The pattern I used is from the Little Monkeys Crochet blog, I created a longer starting chain so that I could get 10 of the pattern repeats across the blanket.
The yarn I am using is Bendigo Wollen Mills 4ply Cotton in pink rose, with a 3.5mm hook.
I have managed to get quite a bit done in the last couple of weeks and have just joined my 2nd ball of yarn to the project.

There are 11 rows of the pattern blocks completed and I will do another 4 to get it to 15. This will make the finished size of approximately 90cm x 90cm excluding any border. I am still not sure what I am going to do there. If you have any suggestion of a good border to use with a call the midwife please leave me a comment.
As long I don’t get bored with it again, I’m hoping to finish this one in the next 2 weeks. Just in time for my next markets at Glenbrook.

Next time I make this blanket I will definitely use thicker yarn. I love how the 4ply cotton of this one is turning out, but it is very fiddly and is taking me too long to complete.
What is your favourite yarn to use for a call the midwife blanket?


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Soft Textured Clutch – Free Pattern

soft textured clutch - free pattern

One of the things I love about crochet is the way you can create so many different textures from just a few different stitches. All you have to do is just put them together in different ways.
This lovely soft-textured clutch pattern was inspired by a crochet coach design using the same yarn. I loved its simple structure but wanted something a little bit different. After a day or so of looking at so many different textures and stitch patterns online, I fell in love with this gorgeous wavy pattern that had the misfortune to be named the crunch stitch. The stitch consists of alternating slip stitches and half double crochets and doing the opposite on the way back, so half double goes into slip stitches and vice versa.

This clutch was designed with Moda Vera Elanna yarn in mind, which I think has unfortunately now been discontinued. But I think it would suit a variety of other bulky yarns.
Other yarns that would work as its replacement are Moda Vera Hampton soft chunky cotton blend, Panda soft cotton chunky.
You could even use a thinner t-shirt yarn or ribbon tape.

Soft Textured Clutch Pattern

soft textured clutch - free pattern


  • 6mm hook
  • Moda Vera Elanna yarn, cotton acrylic mix bulky yarn (100 g, 85m) 2 skeins
  • large-eyed yarn needle – for sewing the bag together and sewing in the ends
  • Smaller needle to sew on the button
  • scissors
  • 4cm (1.5 inch) button
  • Stitch markers or pins
  • measuring tape
  • matching thread

Abbreviations (US)

  • ch – Chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • hdc – Half double crochet

Finished size

23cm wide x 15 cm tall


  • Row 1: Ch 28, Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, *1 hdc in next ch, Sl st in next, repeat from * across, turn (27).
  • Row 2: ch 1, 1 hdc in first st , *1 sl st in next st, 1 hdc in next, repeat from * across, turn (27).
  • Row 3: ch 1, 1 sl st in 1st st, *1 hdc in next st, 1 sl st in next, repeat from * across, turn (27).
  • Rows 4 – 42: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, ending on a row 2
  • Row 43: sl st in 1st st, *1 hdc in next st, 1 sl st in next x6, sl st in the next st, ch 10 and sl st back into the same st. sl st into next st *1 hdc in next st, 1 sl st in next, repeat from * to end of row. Cut your yarn, finish off and sew in the ends.


  • Laying the piece flat with the loop closure at the top, fold the bottom up approx 13cm for the body of the clutch. Secure the sides together with stitch markers or pins.
  • Using the large-eyed yarn needle, sew each side together using a simple whip stitch.
  • Position the button on the clutch so that it will stay closed using the loop, and sew it on using the smaller needle and your choice of thread. Hint: Instead of thread, if you used a yarn similar to the Elanna, you can separate a few strands from the thread and use that to sew on your button, making it a perfect colour match.
soft textured clutch - free pattern

And that is it! I hope you enjoy making this gorgeous clutch as much as I did.
If you do make it, I would love for you to share your finished products with me. You can find me @crochetbycarms on Facebook and Instagram.


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WIP Update

WIP Update -Bright Rainbow Ripple Blanket

Happy WIP Update Wednesday Everyone!
I know it’s been a long time between posts. The end of last year was just crazy! I had to have my gall bladder removed, and then it was the end of school, and then Christmas, and school holidays. The kids’ birthdays were in the mix too. Not to mention this endless heat in Sydney has sapped my will to do anything lately.
Then you blink and it’s nearly February and it’s 2019!

So for the first post of 2019 I thought I’d come back to you all with a WIP update and show you what I have been doing, crochet-wise, lately.
I actually managed to finish some projects over the last few weeks, it’s almost a miracle.

Riverbend Cardigan

The first thing I finished was the Riverbend cardigan. Okay, technically it’s not quite finished, I have yet to sew on the pockets and sew in the ends. But the crochet part is done! And I will complete the rest when it gets cool enough to wear it.

WIP Update - Almost finished Riverbend Cardigan
Almost finished Riverbend Cardigan

Bright Rainbow Ripple Blanket

Next on my hooking list was a rainbow ripple baby blanket that I started a while ago. I had wanted to do a star blanket for a while. I started this one with acrylics I already had in my stash, but i did have to buy more in suitable colours to finish it.
I used this free pattern by Celeste Young that I found on Ravelry. It’s a lovely simple pattern but so effective.
I am really pleased by how this one turned out, it’s much brighter than the colours I usually work with, but you have to get outside your comfort zone sometimes. I think I’m going to make a pastel version of this next, and then one using the Moda Vera ombre delights yarn packs I have laying around.

The blanket ended up quite large at 124cm across from point to point.
This one I’m going to try and sell, I will take some better photos and list it in the shop soon.

WIP Update -Bright Rainbow Ripple Blanket
Bright Rainbow Ripple Blanket

C2C Blanket

I have had a c2c blanket in my stash for ages. I started making it using sweet roll yarn I found in mill-end bags in Spotlight. The yarn is premier sweet rolls in Cherry swirl and I love the yarn, it is so soft and lovely to work with. I even bought more of the yarn so I could get a decent-sized blanket.

But when I picked this up the other day to start working on it, I wasn’t happy with it. It was going to end up quite small, and as I had used a 5mm hook it wasn’t as drapey (is that a word?) as I wanted it to be.
I ummed and ahhed, but in the end, It was not bringing me joy so I frogged it!

I am not sure yet what I am going to do with all that lovely yarn, maybe make scarves and cowls and matching beanies ready to sell in winter.

WIP Update - Results of frogging

But that is a WIP for another day, right now I have dug out my luila shawl and am about to add some more rows to it. I am determined I am going to make a dent in current projects before starting something new again.

Now that school is back I might have more time for the blog again, and of course, time to get more crochet done.
Hope you all had a fabulous New Year!


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Jack-o’-lantern Basket – Free Pattern

Halloween Jack-o'-lantern basket

Halloween and trick-or treating are not as big in Australia as they are in the US and UK, but every year it gets more and more popular. Not everyone takes part, but those who do certainly have lots of fun!

My eldest went trick or treating for the first time last year with a friend and their mum, and this year I think I’ll tag along and take my youngest out too. 

To help with the Halloween celebrations, I have created this spooky Jack o’lantern basket using t-shirt yarn. 

Halloween jack-o'-lantern basket
Halloween Jack-o’-lantern basket

Jack-o’-lantern basket pattern

What you need

  • Tshirt yarn in orange and black or grey (i used a dark grey)
  • 8mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle with a large eye
  • Optional, rope for a handle

Stitches used

  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Slip Stitch (ss)
  • Back Loop Only (BLO)
  • Invisible Join (Check out this great instruction from Mooglyblog if you are not sure how to do the invisible join)

Notes on the yarn

Due to the recycled nature of t-shirt yarn, no 2 yarns are exactly the same and widths can vary quite a lot. The yarn that I used, which came from ministry of yarn, was quite thin for T-shirt yarn. If your yarn is thicker or thinner you will need to adjust your hook size, and this will affect the size of your finished basket.


  • Start with a Magic Circle
  • 1: 6 SC in the MC SS to join
  • 2: Ch1 2 sc in each stitch, ss to join (12)
  • 3: Ch1 *1 sc in first stitch 2sc in next stitch*, repeat x5, ss to join, (18)
  • 4: Ch1 *sc in the next 2 stitches, 2sc in the next* repeat x5, ss to join (24)
  • 5: Ch1 *sc in the next 3 stitches, 2sc in the next* repeat x5, ss to join (30)
  • 6: Ch1 *sc in the next 4 stitches, 2sc in the next* repeat x5, ss to join (36)
  • 7: Ch1 sc in the BLO for each stitch around (this help create the base of the basket), ss to join (36)
  • 8: Ch1 *sc in the next 5 stitches, 2sc in the next* repeat x5, ss to join (42)
  • This is the base and the start of the sides, the next row is where we start to add in the face for our Jack o’Lantern.
  • 9-16: Ch1 sc in each stitch around, ss to join (42)
  • 15: Ch1 sc in each stitch around, Cut yarn, leaving about 15cm, then finish with an invisible or needle join. (42)
    • There is no increasing or decreasing in rows 9-17. Just pick up and drop the colours as needed as you follow the chart below. 
Graph for Halloween jack-o'-lantern basket

Notes for changing colours and carrying yarn

My technique when changing colour is:
The stitch before you need the new colour you start the stitch as normal. So insert the hook, and yarn over with your current colour and pull through, then drop that colour and yarn over with the new colour and pull through the stitch. The new colour is now on the hook ready for the first stitch. You then do the same when changing back to the original colour.
Because t-shirt yarn can be quite bulky, my preference for making this basket is to not carry the grey colour all the way around the basket. What I did was drop it when finished with it in that row, and then pick it up in the next.
This will mean having a length of yarn at the back of your work going up the inside of the basket. As long as you don’t pull it too tight when picking it up, it won’t affect the work and you can just crochet over it as you go along the row. The picture below shows the inside of my basket, you can see where the grey was carried up to the next row.

Inside the jack-o'-lantern basket

And there you go, one fabulous jack-o’-lantern basket. Fill it with lollies and chocolate and impress all the kids that come knocking on Halloween. Or you could attach a rope as a handle and use it collect all the yummy treats.

Halloween jack-o'-lantern basket
Halloween Jack-o’-lantern basket

Happy Halloween everyone, and if you make this basket, I would love to see the results! So please post a comment below, or tag me on Instagram @crochetbycarms

Carmen xoxo

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Minecraft TNT Graphgan

Minecraft TNT Graphgan - crochet by carms

Hello beautiful people, you may have noticed I didn’t have a Wednesday WIP post this week, and that is because I have actually been spending some time finishing up this Minecraft TNT Graphgan for my 7yr old.

I am so happy that it is done, and no longer taking up space in my craft room/study. I may have even done a little happy dance after the last end was sewed in.
My Son is also happy it is finally finished, even though the first words out of his mouth when he received it were “it’s pretty small”! Kids huh. 

The end results of all that work is a pretty heavy blanket that measures almost 110cm each side.
It was crocheted in the C2C technique using Spotlight USA Style yarn, using a 5mm hook. Unfortunately, I am not 100% sure of the amount of yarn I ended up using as I wasn’t keeping track. It was probably only 1 skein of black, not quite 2 of white and 3-4 of the red. 
Though you can make this in any yarn you like with any hook.

Now that it is finally complete, I am happily sharing the graph I created to make it.
Below you will find the whole graph, as well as smaller ones with it broken down into 4 parts for easier printing and following.

To save the images, just right-click on them and select save image/picture as…

Minecraft TNT Graph
Minecraft TNT Graph

If you use the graph, please let me know, either in the comments below or tag me on Instagram (crochetbycarms) with your creation. I would love to see it.


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Wednesday WIP #4 – Nomad Shawl

I can’t believe I am up to Wednesday WIP #4 already. This week my WIP is a beautiful project that I wish I had more time to devote to. 
I don’t think I have mentioned it on this blog as yet, but I am a subscriber to Crochet Coach, an online crochet community. It is led and run by Carly Jacobs, a writer and blogger who you may also know from the blog Smaggle
Carly’s occasional crochet posts on Smaggle’s Facebook is what made me pick up a crochet hook again for the first time since I was a kid. So when Carly started Crochet Coach, I was all in.

One of the first patterns she released on Crochet coach was the gorgeous *Nomad Shawl. It is a huge colourful garment that uses multiple yarns and blocks of different stitches and I knew I had to do it, and I knew it was going to take me a looooong time!

Wednesday WIP #4 - Crochet Coach's Nomad Shawl
Image used with permission from

The first challenge was picking the right yarn to create the shawl. There are so many beautiful yarns out there. I started my search in Spotlight, thinking maybe Moda Vera faith yarn might work, or an acrylic baby yarn. But nothing really worked for me, until I saw a gorgeous trio of Merino sock yarn from Fiber Lily. It was love at first sight and I knew it had to be mine. This was my first purchase of hand-dyed yarn, but it certainly wasn’t my last. 

So 15 months ago I bought the yarn, and yet I still didn’t start my shawl until January this year. Other things kept pushing to the front of the crochet queue. Currently, it is only 20cm long, and it needs to be about 210cm long. But when I finish it would have been so worth it. 

Wednesday WIP #4 - Nomad Shawl by crochet coach
Progress on the Nomad Shawl

What project has taken you the longest to complete? Please tell me in the comments below.


*Please note the Nomad Shawl pattern is only available to crochet coach subscribers

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Wednesday WIP #3 – Liula Shawl

Progress on my liula shawl - Wednesday WIP #3

Welcome to Wednesday WIP #3, this week’s long-term project is my Liula shawl by Potter and Bloom. 
I Started this one in October last year when I first bought the Paton’s Summer Swirls yarn. 

Progress on this one was very slow, and at the end of the year, it got put away as I worked on other projects and I forgot about it. 
I found it a couple of months ago, and I was so close to frogging it and using the lovely summer swirl yarn for another project, but I decided to persist, and I’m happy I did. 
I’m enjoying seeing the gradual colour changes, 1 strand at a time, and I look forward to the finished product. Not sure yet if I’ll keep it for myself or try and sell it. 

Progress on my liula shawl - Wednesday WIP #3

Progress is still slow as it’s not a project I can do in front of the TV, as it requires concentration to follow the repeat, but I will finish it one day, and I think I’ll do a happy dance on that day 🙂

Have you completed a Liula shawl? Would love to see them!

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Wednesday WIP #2 – Riverbend Cardigan

Half Finished River Cardigan - Wednesday WIP #2

Welcome to Wednesday WIP #2! Considering the crazy week I had, it is almost a miracle I was able to write this.

Today I’m going to show you a project I have had on the go since the end of Summer here in Sydney, and that is the  Riverbend cardigan from Moogly Blog.

I wanted to make something for me to wear that wasn’t a hat or scarf, and this cardigan looked like a good way to do it. As it just basic shapes, and no crazy increasing or decreasing required to acquire the correct size.

I’m using the USA style value balls from Spotlight for this one, it is lovely and soft, especially in this Silver. I’m not doing the colour changes suggested in the pattern, as I wanted it a solid colour. But I might make the border and pocket a contrasting colour if I am feeling brave. So keep an eye out for the finished product, which I hope should be soon!

But 6 months later and I am only just over halfway. But I did a little happy dance when I got that halfway point, let me tell you. 

Half Finished River Cardigan - Wednesday WIP #2
Half Finished River Cardigan

I am going to try my best to finish this one soon. As it will be the perfect Spring Cardigan to throw on for school drop-offs and errands, and just slouching around the house. 

What’s your favourite pattern from Moogly? Let me know in the comments below.