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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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A Cozy to Keep You Cozy hotwater bottle

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : A Cozy to Keep You Cozy hotwater bottle
A Cozy to Keep You Cozy hotwater bottle
A Cozy to Keep You Cozy hotwater bottle
A Cozy to Keep You Cozy hotwater bottle
A Cozy to Keep You Cozy hotwater bottle

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • colorwork (fairly easy on this one)
  • inc and dec
  • 3needle bo

Pattern Description:

... think of it as a sweater for your standard-sized hot water bottle - worked in one piece in washable wool with just a bit of colorwork to keep it interesting!

this design is knit from the top down (which allows you to "try it on" your own hot water bottle to ensure a good fit
for ease in getting the Cozy on and off the hot water bottle, you will make a button band on the back, just below the colorwork; directions are given for this little maneuver
I have you use dpn's to start the bottle, but you could use "magic loop" or two circs if you prefer
my hot water bottle had a hanging loop at the bottom; I have made an opening for this when closing up the bottle; ignore these directions if your bottle doesn't have a "tongue".
I have made this from washable wool, which will retain heat nicely. After washing in the machine, you can air-dry the cover ON the hot water bottle to ensure it stays in shape. If you prefer, non-washable wool can also be used - but I wouldn't use cotton or acrylic as they don't retain heat as well - and definitely hand-wash, then place the Cozy on the bottle to air dry.


21sts x 32rnds = 4" in stockinette, worked in the round and blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • fits a standard hot water bottle; finished dimensions are 8 inches wide by 11 inches tall + 2 inch "turtle neck"


  • approx 147 yds of worsted-weight washable wool yarn (sample done with Kraemer's "Summit Hill"); if you want to do the colorwork, you will need: o127 yds MC o10 yds each two CCs
  • US #7 dpns US#7 circs - 16-inch
  • stitch-markers (2)
  • tapestry needle to sew in ends and sew on buttons
  • two coordinating 3/4- to 1-inch buttons
  • stitch holder

Suggested yarn:

147 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Kraemer's Summit Hill


mc= pale purple; cc1 = pink; cc2=darker purple