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logpilecabled hot water bottle with pocket

No one guessed my mystery project, and to be fair, it was a bit mean of me to expect you to. Here it is, modelled in all its rustic elegance by a MAN! Since I first dreamt it up, I thought this design would make a great gift for a gentleman, because it’s genuinely useful, hard-wearing, and cosy in a non-pink, non-fluffy way (though it could easily be made into both these things). I wanted it to be completely unfussy – no buttons, no drawstrings, just a simple fold-over top. There are a few short rows for the pocket to accommodate large hands, but otherwise the pattern is very straightforward.

cabled hot water bottle with pocketwood

And if you want further proof that men love this hottie, I got two commissions from builders while we were shooting these photos. I informed them that I actually sell patterns, so they’d have to learn to knit first. I can just see them at home, relaxing after a day’s work with a bit of knitting and a tipple. :)

cabled hot water bottle with pocketivy

The pattern will be released sometime next week, and I’ll see if I have time to throw in a little surprise. I’ll send everyone who commented on the last post a free copy, since it was so tricky.

Of course the other mystery that we’re all excited about is WoollyWormhead’s Mystery KAL. Here’s my progress. I don’t think it merits a spoiler warning yet. The yarn is Sirdar’s Country Style DK which isn’t ideal, but it was all I happened to have. Anyway, I like the colour and I’ve finished the first installment. Now I’m eagerly awaiting the second…

WoollyWormhead Mystery KAL 2009 Progress

6th November, 2009  // Houselock, Knitwear Design // tags: , , , , , , , .

Houselove

Chirurun's Houses SlipoverThank you for all the Houses love & support! I was delighted to see Ravelry user Chirurun‘s finished slipover, knit in Rowanspun DK in a gorgeous pale pink. She has kindly let me show her photo here, but please see her Ravelry page & her (Japanese) knitting blog. I love Chirurun’s knitting & I’d like to thank her for her help in spotting an error. If you purchased before the 22nd of January, you should have received a link to the updated PDF. Sorry for the hassle!

There will soon be a baby version of the Houses Slipover. The simple, almost childish house motif really resonates with me, especially in this economically troubled time when so many houses are being repossessed. I hope to see many more people cosying up in their houses!

28th January, 2009  // Houselock // tags: , , , , , .

Log Cabin

I have written up my solution to the little challenge I posed in Playing Houses as a PDF. I hope you enjoy it! It’s a very quick knit and I think quite sweet. If you think of any more solutions, please don’t hesitate to post them. I’d also love to hear how you get on with my explanation (it’s far easier to execute than to explain, believe me!).

Log Cabin

Log Cabin (PDF)

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23rd December, 2008  // Downloads, Houselock // tags: , , , , .
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