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Time for a Hottie

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Just in time for the weekend, the Hot Water Bottle Cover pattern is ready! It’s an easy peasy pattern and will knit up in no time.

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Elizabeth mentioned in the comments that she would start calling HWBs, ‘hotties’ which I think is excellent practice, even if people get the wrong idea when you tell them you’re going to bed with a hottie. ;)

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 2 balls Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran
  • [100gr; 100% wool; 170m/186yds;
  • in shade 027 Lewis Grey]
  • or 3 balls Rowan Felted Tweed Aran
  • [50gr; 50% merino wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose; 87m/95yds;
  • in shade 729 Soot]
  • or approx. 230m/252 yds of aran weight yarn.


  • 14 sts / 27 rows
  • over 10cm / 4in
  • (with 4.5mm (US 7) needles,
  • in garter stitch).

Finished Size

  • 21cm x 34cm, approx. 8¼ x 13½in.
  • To fit a hot water bottle 19cm x 30cm.

Hot Water Bottle Cover Front
Hot Water Bottle Cover Back

(On the subject of hotties,) my boyfriend informed me that he gave in to his urge to put a teabag in his hottie the other day. He said he chose peppermint because you didn’t have to put milk in that. Clever man. Except he can’t get the teabag out now, so if you try this, we recommend loose tea. In fact, we’re thinking of patenting some kind of teapot/hottie combo. Watch out for that one. ;)

I’ll be sending out copies to the “mystery winners” as soon as my flaky internet connection allows me. With the rain & wind tonight I think it’s going to be the perfect weekend to snuggle up with a hottie (both kinds). And if you want a good book to go with it, watch out for my next post. The pattern is just £3.00 on Ravelry, so go forth and knit! Have a great weekend! :)


  1. TravelingAnn says:

    I liked going to bed with “hotties” when I did my junior year abroad in England. I should revive that practice. I wonder what my hubby would say?

    Um, did the rubber of the hot water bottle make the tea taste icky?
    I say hold the hot water bottle up side down so the tea bag is on the opening, then unbend a paperclip, and use it to fish the tea bag out.

  2. Laura says:

    That’s hilarious. Tea and hotties do go together, after all. Great pattern!

  3. kate says:

    thanks so much for this pattern, and just in time for xmas. whoo hoo, I see lots of these in my future.

  4. Linda says:

    Lovely, lovely! I am going to knit this for christmas.

  5. […] I get most of my reading done. I think few pleasures beat snuggling up with some hot chocolate, a hottie, and a good book. Turn off your TV & read instead! Or just get some ideas for gift-giving. […]

  6. laylock says:

    I don’t think he actually drank the “tea”, at least, I hope not! :P That’s excellent advice, though, thank you. I shall pass it along…

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