What’s all this fuss about hydration? Apparently, we’re supposed to drink sixty gallons of water a day, which leaves me thinking my entire childhood was a study in dehydration. Back when I was a kid, we’d drink a quart of Coke, good to go. No wonder I felt so crappy during the Carter Administration!
In the interest of keeping the water flowing, I recently bought a water bottle. Merch! It has the Shakerag Workshops logo on it. I love it.
It is metal and heavy and looks like a missile, and it does not have an easy means for toting it. So the other day I set about looking for a holder that would allow me to go hands free with my tall, metal, beloved new water bottle.
It had to be knitted, of course. But I wasn’t really entranced by any patterns I saw. I decided to go for it and freestyle my water bottle holder.
I took a look at my bottle and ascertained that it is more or less the circumference of my ankle.
BONANZA! A sock for my bottle!
I went with Rowan Summerlite 4ply, a sturdy, lustrous cotton that knits up at sock gauge. Color: Cobalt!
I got out my dogeared copy of my favorite sock book of all time, Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust, which I’m now renaming Waterlust, and arrived at a 64-stitch cast-on.
This is a cuff-down water bottle holder.
I invented a stitch pattern, alternating 11 rounds of 2×2 ribbing with 4 rounds of stockinette, then shifting the ribbing to begin with 2 purls rather than 2 knits. It makes a graphic sort of texture, which I liked.
When my tube was the right height, I began decreasing.
I did a round of decreases at every 8th stitch, then a round of decreases at every 7th stitch, and so on until I had only a few stitches left and tied them off.
I have to say, this was easily the most fun sock I’ve made in a very long while.
No heel! No toe! No second sock syndrome!
What About the Strap?
I know, I know. It’s the crux of this whole project. I decided NOT to knit a strap. I wanted a sturdy strap, an adjustable strap, a strap that would never stretch and get all thin and sad and do what has happened to other knitted straps I have made in the past. I wanted webbing.
There is a huge strap fad on the internet these days, so I spent a truly embarrassing amount of time considering my options. You can spend a hundred bucks on a strap these days, but I unearthed a Madewell strap on sale that made me go wow.
Zing! I’ll hook the fasteners to my water bottle sock and off I go. Dove hunters, you’ll see me now! And I’ll never lose this water bottle in the weeds on my ascent to the top of Cadillac Mountain.
Which is another whole topic.
How’s Your Summer Going?
Who’s going anywhere? I’d love to hear your plans for travels near and far, back yard or back of beyond.
And finally! Before you head out, please get vaccinated!
PS Alternate Yarn Idea: This bottle holder would be superb with our Euroflax Mini Skeins.
Linen is the perfect fiber for a water bottle holder, and if I’d thought of it first, I’d have gone with Euroflax. This may not be my only water bottle holder, fair warning.