It's made in three pieces, worked in single crochet throughout apart from the edges of the flap which I've added a small shell stitch to. It's fastened by small pink buttons and I used Patons 'Smoothie' acrylic DK yarn.
I'll try and put down the pattern here-be patient though as I've never typed up a pattern before and I hope it makes sense!
(For this pattern, I changed colour every four rows)
Yarn- Patons Smoothie DK (acrylic)
4mm crochet hook
1cm width buttons (4)
(turning chain of 1 at start of each row)
sc from 2nd chain on the hook (36 in total)
ch1 and turn
sc across each row
Row 37-Decrease, 32 sc, decrease (34 in total)
Row 38-Decrease, 30 sc, decrease (32 in total)
Row 39-Decrease, 28 sc, decrease (30 in total)
Row 40-Decrease, 26 sc, decrease (28 in total)
Row 41-Decrease, 24 sc, decrease (26 in total)
Row 42-Decrease, 22 sc, decrease (24 in total)
Row 43-Decrease, 20 sc, decrease (22 in total)
Row 44-Decrease, 18 sc, decrease (20 in total)
sc across (20 in total)
Decrease, 16 sc, decrease
sc across (18 in total)
Decrease, 14 sc, decrease (16 in total)
Decrease, 12 sc, decrease (14 in total)
Side 2 (2 pieces)
As before, but instead of 36 rows, do 12 rows before starting the decreases.
Once finished, go back and reattach the yarn in the foundation chain-
sc along the foundation chain,
ch1, turn, 5sc, *(ch1 sk1, 7sc), rep from * 2 more times, ch1, sk1, 5sc (the ch1 spaces will be the button holes)
ch 1, turn, sc along
ch1, turn, *sk1, 5dc, sk1, sl st along, the last shell will only fit 3dc in it (8 shells and 1 half shell)
sc along 24 rows
shells along the 25th row
Attach buttons along the shells (match them up to the button holes first!)
Put the pieces wrong side together and using a 3.5mm hook, crochet them together. The overlap of the bottom and top pieces of the flap side are deliberate-I crocheted the button piece on first, then with the top piece I stitched it on to the bottom at the sides (does that make sense?)
Weave in all loose ends.
Turn right way round and add hot water bottle!
(this pattern fits a standard hot water bottle)
Let me know if this write up works-I've never tried to write up a pattern before so I'm sure it's full of mistakes!