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Quencher

Crochet
August 2010
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
3.75 mm (F)
4.0 mm (G)
one size expands to hold many bottle sizes
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This is my all-time favorite water bottle tote. Those who have seen me at crochet conferences over the years know that I carry it with me everywhere. It’s designed to look good toting most water bottle sizes, to recover gracefully from being repeatedly bunched up in carry-on luggage, and most of all, to feel good on the shoulder.

The first one I made lasted me for 4 years. It was made in a (now discontinued) silvery yarn that looked nice with everything I wore, and looked professional enough when I needed it to.

I like my new ‘n’ improved Quencher even more! It’s both elegant and strong. The top opening has a modified type of drawstring action that results in a form-fitted, sleeker look around the bottle cap. I love the visual effect of the strap--it looks doubled then splits temporarily to become a drawstring.

Finished Dimensions
25 inches (64 cm) from top of strap to bottom of tote, measured while hung with a 25 ounce (740mL) water bottle inside.

Supplies Needed
Yarn: You need approximately 109 yards/100 meters of a nonstretchy yarn that is labeled “#2 Fine” weight, or states a gauge of 5 or 6 stitches to the inch with a G/6/4mm hook.
Crochet hook: Size F/4/3.75mm and G/6/4mm. (or size required for gauge.)

Skill Level: Intermediate because of strap construction. There is no shaping but the design combines less familiar stitches.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):
* How to crochet a tote in the round
* A handy jumbo version of the traditional mesh stitch
* How to make my high-performance tote strap