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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

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Testing… testing… 1,2,3

My new sock design:

Pair of socks

Is now in the hands of the test knitters. :)

Also, I’m working on writing up the pattern for this:

Sock On and Off

Sizing this for anyone with less than wide feet is a challenge due to the width of the design, but I think I’ve worked it out. I’ll be looking for test knitters for this one soon, probably sometime next week but I don’t want to promise anything. I still need to figure out how to do cabled charts…

And I’m nearly finished with the pattern for my hot water bottle cover (which needs a better and shorter name than that one). I’m on a writing streak! Which also means a testing streak… any volunteers? :)