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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.

Cable Decreases

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:

Yarn

  • 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.

Gauge

  • 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! :)

Mysteries Ravelled

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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: , , , , , , , .
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