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A Hot Design

My latest published design is a gorgeous colourwork cover for your hot water bottle to help keep you toasty warm. I find there’s nothing quite like a hot water bottle to snuggle up with on the sofa or to ease any aches and pains. This would also make a fantastic gift in the colder months, perhaps with a supply of hot chocolate and marshmallows? Or a mug and cookies? The ideas are endless!

New hot water bottle cover
Pictured: Rowan Pure Wool DK in Purple & Dahlia (100% Wool, 136yds/124m per 50g ball) & RYC Cashsoft Baby DK in Bloom (57% merino wool, 33% microfiber & 10% cashmere, 142yds/130m per 50g ball.)

I found it quick to knit but that’s probably because I couldn’t wait to see the design in my head become a finished project. It was always ‘one more round’ or ‘one more pattern repeat’! Even if you’re not as eager as me, I don’t think it would take long to complete and the finishing is very minimal. I avoid sewing things up whenever possible so this is worked almost entirely in the round.

Also, as it take less than a ball of yarn for each colour you can use up your leftover balls of yarn from other projects as well as be creative with the colour combinations! The pattern includes handy links to tutorials of the techniques used but I’m always happy to help with any questions too.

For a limited time only, the pattern is available at the reduced price of £2.00.*  You can purchase the pattern using the button below (you do not need to be a Ravelry member).

Materials
3x 50g DK weight yarn
4mm/US#6 needles (circular or dpns) or size
required to get gauge.
Spare needle one size larger for 3 needle cast off
3 Snap Fasteners (15mm)
Darning needle
Waste yarn

Gauge
8st and 30 rows to 4 inch (10”) in charted pattern.

Finished Measurements
This cover will fit a standard hot water bottle 33cm in length (total, including top opening) and 20.5cm in width.

Skill Level
Intermediate – As well as basic stitches, this uses colourwork, a provisional cast on and a 3 needle cast off.

*Until 10/10/12. Regular price: £2.50

Hot hot hot

I have to admit, I’m really quite chuffed with how my hot water bottle cover turned out. I love to use it! Pretty and soft and toasty warm on a cold night. It’s the perfect companion to take to bed. ;)

New hot water bottle cover

I found it quick to knit but that’s probably because I couldn’t wait to see the design in my head become a finished project. It was always ‘one more round’ or ‘one more pattern repeat’! Even if you’re not as eager as me, I don’t think it would take long to complete and the finishing is very minimal. I avoid sewing things up whenever possible so this is worked almost entirely in the round.

The pattern is almost written up, which I know I’ve said before but it turns out my notes on the neck opening aren’t as clear as I thought they would be when I wrote them a few weeks ago. I’m also going to include some tips and some guidelines on sizing as I doubt everyone will have the same sized hot water bottle as me. Then I shall turn it over into the capable hands of the testers. :)

Colour Combinations

HWB yarn

These pretty yarns are going to be my palette for my hot water bottle cover. They’re Rowan Pure Wool DK with a Classic Yarns Cashsoft Baby DK perched on the top. I can’t wait to get started!

The only thing stopping me is my WIP’s. I don’t know the exact number of my unfinished projects on the needles; I stopped counting at 8. Although I refuse to feel guilty about casting on even when I have many projects already on the go, I do love the satisfaction of finishing a project and being able to use it. I finished a sock last week (I’m about to turn the heel of the second too!) and I’ve almost finished my Ribby Baktus Scarf (Ravelry link), so surely that counts as finishing enough projects to cast on for a new one? Swatching doesn’t count as starting a project, does it?


No, I didn’t think so either. ;)

Stitch Dictionaries – A Knitter’s Must-Have

Stitch dictionaries are a staple for any knitters library whether you want to create your own designs or simply substitute one stitch pattern for another in an existing pattern. In my opinion, the Harmony Guides series is one of the best around. Good, clear photos, nicely compiled with easy to follow instructions. The 4 titles in the series are: ‘Knit and Purl’, ‘Cable and Aran’, ‘Lace and Eyelet’ and ‘Colourwork’. I’ve had two of them on loan from the library and thanks to Border’s Sale I now have my own copy of the Knit and Purl stitches but I plan on owning them all eventually. :)

Whenever I’m working on a new design but not too sure what stitch pattern I want to use I flick through these and mark with sticky pads the ones that catch my interest. This often results in a book with a fringe of colourful bits of paper! I found lots of stitch patterns in the Knit and Purl book that I’ve earmarked for future designs:

Pic for the blog

I’ve also got ‘Colourwork Stitches’ out of the library again as I’ve dug out my hot water bottle from the bottom of the drawer and decided that it definitely needs a new cover. I know what I’m trying to achieve and I’ve managed to whittle it down to three designs. The only problem is I should really finish a few things before I start swatching, but it’s all so new and shiny and exciting that the only thing I want to do right now is cast on for the cover!