Thursday, July 17, 2008

Toasty - Cabled Hot Water Bottle Cover Pattern

I know I am the worst blogger in the world, so to make up for it, I would like to give you a pattern of mine that I have just now finally written up. I am posting this as my very first pattern on Ravelry because someone asked me for it! You can find it here on Rav or below.

I made this cabled hot water bottle cover for my friend Laura last winter and I would really recommend it as a great Christmas gift and there is plenty of time to get started.

Without further ado...

'Toasty' - Cabled Hot Water Bottle Cover

Materials used:
4 x 50g balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky (I used colours 11 and 23)
6 mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Cable needle
Darning needle
Standard Hot Water bottle (I used Sanger brand)

Gauge: 16 stitches/24 rows over 4 inches in stockinette.

Stitch Pattern:
Row 1: k2, p3, (k12, p3)*rep *to last two stitches, k2
Row 2: k5, (p12, k3)*rep *to last two stitches, k2
Row 3: k2, p3, (k4,C8F,p3) *rep *to last two stitches, k2
Row 4: k5, (p12, k3)*rep *to last two stitches, k2
Row 5: k2, p3, (k12, p3)*rep *to last two stitches, k2
Row 6: k5, (p12, k3)*rep *to last two stitches, k2
Row 7: k2, p3, (C8B, k4, p3) *rep *to last two stitches, k2
Row 8: k5, (p12, k3)*rep *to last two stitches, k2

Pattern: For the body CO 52 stitches with your preferred cast on method. Knit in stitch pattern until work measures double the length of the hot water bottle. Change colours half way through if making a contrasting coloured cover.

BO when cover is desired length, fold and mattress stitch up the sides and the shoulders leaving 24 stitches on each side, in the centre, to pick up and knit for both edges for the neck.

For the neck:
Pick up and knit 24 stitches and knit in double rib (k2, p2) until neck measures 8 inches. Repeat this on the other side and mattress stitch the two pieces together on the sides. Fold over completed neck as shown in photo and insert empty hot water bottle. Alternatively, you could knit all 48 stitches in the round with one or two circular needles if you are familiar with these techniques.

Tip: Water bottle goes in easier through the neck when bent a bit in half vertically.


Unknown said...

This is a very nice idea. I can think of at least two people who would love this for a gift: My mother-in-law and my husband, both of whom suffer from cold feet. Thanks for sharing this pattern.

Rebecca said...

Cute cozy! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

Luciana DeVito said...

Love it! Thanks for the free pattern, I'm going to make it now!

northwest is best said...

Thanks for publishing this pattern. I've knitted my own and I'm really pleased with it! Check it out here:

Unknown said...

Great pattern, I'm going to make mine into afghan squares! Thanks for sharing your pattern with us!

Unknown said...

Could you do this stripey, do you think?

Arsalan said...

That is how it stiffens, my vision of that seaside childhood. My father died; we moved inland. Whereon those nine first years of my life sealed themselves off like a ship in a Ruisheng spirit glass bottle - beautiful, inaccessible, obsolete: a fine, white, flying myth. Ruisheng spirit glass bottle