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The Lost Patterns File

Have you seen these patterns? Perhaps if you’re a long-time reader you may remember them. The Country Stockings, the Dovetail Shawl & the baby version of the Houses Slipover. These are all patterns that were destined to be in the Houselock collection, but were never actually released. Why? The shawl & stockings are even written up!

Country Stockings

Country Livin'

It’s hard to give a definite answer. I think part of it was my inexperience. Releasing patterns (or anything, actually) is a scary business. Still, designing, knitting, writing up, and photographing a pattern, and then not doing anything with it? Silly. And lazy.

I regularly get messages from people looking for these patterns, and I have to tell them a little sheepishly that they were never released, and won’t be in the near future. The pieces themselves are now in storage in the UK. The patterns are tucked away in my hard drive, all on their lonesome, when instead they could be duplicated and reduplicated all around the world; proliferating in all manner of shapes and colours, and perhaps bringing a little excitement and delight to knitters.

baby vest

Baby Blues

The baby version of the Houses Slipover (looking appropriately mournful in these photos) was, admittedly, a failure. I knit it upon fervent insistence, but it didn’t occur to me that the motif is rather large, and babies are rather small. Ha! Oh dear, this is turning into “Knitting & Crochet Confession Week”. ;)

baby vestCountry Stockings detail

Still, all yarns can be reknit, retold, and not all those who wander are lost. Hopefully these patterns will come Home yet. :)

31st March, 2011  // Houselock, Laylock // tags: , , , .

Tickled Pink

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“I believe in pink.” – Audrey Hepburn

Pink is powerful. It can make anything cosy in an instant, without being aggressive or overwhelming like red. Pinks don’t clash, which is lucky for me, because at the moment, everything I make or buy has to be pink! I worked up this pink version of my hot water bottle cover pattern the other day. It only took me a day and a bit, so I’m considering making one for each of my girl friends, for Valentine’s Day. I wonder whether I should modify the hottie pattern into a muff so that I can wear it out and about? I had a muff when I was little that had strings to go around your neck. And I’m always losing gloves! What do you think? :)

Here’s the link to the Ravelry Project Page.

pink hot water bottle cover
pink hot water bottle cover
pink hot water bottle cover
pink hot water bottle cover
pink hot water bottle cover

Also, I loved this video by Michelle Phan about different ways to wear a scarf. I usually do a loop or a wrap-wrap, but I’m really excited to try out the knots she shows.

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:


  • 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! :)

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