My daughter loves a hot water bottle. During the winter months, it is a permanent feature of her days at home, as well as her nights. Her old original 'Emily' hot water bottle, one of my very first designs for my old LibbyTDesigns website back in 2007, was getting a little worn out with all this use, so I promised to design her a new one. In the end, she had quite a large part in the design process and I let her lose with my chart software. This is what we created together. I hope you enjoy knitting it and using it as much as we did.
From next week, I will be releasing kits for this pattern, so keep your eyes peeled. I'll be posting on facebook and twitter when they are ready to despatch.
1 x 50g Libby Summers Fine Aran, shade 862 (shown as Yarn G)
1 x 25g Libby Summers Fine Aran in each of six other colours. As shown, these are Yarn A (101), Yarn B (890), Yarn C (107), Yarn D (110), Yarn E (107), Yarn F (109)
Pair 5mm[US8] straight needles
One small button
Darning needle and pins for sewing up
(2 litre bottle) 20cm/8 in. wide, narrowing to 12cm/4¾ in. x 33cm/13 in. high.
It is important to check your tension before you start as this item needs to fit properly. Using 5mm needles, cast on 20 sts and knit 12 cm/4¾in in stocking stitch. Then place work on a flat surface and measure 10cm/4in across and 10cm/4in high.
The tension for this pattern is 18 sts and 24 rows to 10cm/4in square measured over stocking stitch using 5mm/US size 8 needles.
k = knit
p = purl
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
Skpo = slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass slipped stitch over. This creates a left leaning decrease. If you know another technique that creates a left leaning decrease, you can use this instead.
K2tog = knit two stitches together. This creates a right leaning decrease. If you know another technique that creates a right leaning decrease, you can use this instead.
Dec = decrease
Inc = increase
Kfb = knit into the front of the stitch, and then, without slipping the stitch off the needle, knit into the back of it. Then slip the stitch off the needle. This adds one stitch.
This pattern creates squares of colour and texture as in a patchwork blanket, but the squares are knitted together all in one piece so there is no sewing up afterwards - just sewing in of ends! For the spotty squares, use the stranded method of carrying yarns across the back of work. For the hearts and flowers use the intarsia method. For help with these methods, see the colour sections of Anyone Can Knit or google ‘Intarsia’ and ‘Stranded Knitting”. Note that you must knit the first row of the moss stitch and basket stitch squares for a clean line between the colours on the right side of your work. The first and last stitch of every WS row is knitted, to create a good selvedge for sewing up.
Cast on 41 sts using Libby Summers Fine Aran Yarn G and 5mm/US size 8 needles and long tail cast on method.
Foundation Row: Purl.
Now work from chart from row 2 to row 57, joining in new colours as required, and weaving ends together at vertical colour joins using the intarsia method.*
Change to yarn G and knit 4 rows, casting off 2 sts at beg of each row. Your first row will be a RS row. When you have completed the 4 rows, you will have 37 sts
Work in panel rib pattern with side shaping as follows:
Row 1 (RS): Skpo, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. 33 sts
Row 2: P2, (k1, p3) rep to last 3 sts, k1, p2.
Row 3: As row 1. 31 sts
Row 4: P1, (k1, p3) rep to last 2 sts, k1, p1. 31 sts
Row 5: As row 1. 29 sts
Row 6: (K1, p3) rep to last st, k1. 29 sts
Repeat rows 5 and 6 until work measures 18 cm/7 in. from beginning of cable pattern, ending with a WS row.
Inc Row (RS): Kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. 31 sts
Next Row: As row 4 above.
Next Row: As Inc Row above. 33 sts
Next Row: As Row 2 above.
Next row: As Inc Row. 35 sts
Next row: P3, (k1, p3) rep to last 4 sts, k1, p3.
Knit 3 rows, casting on 2 sts at beginning of each row. When you have completed the 3 rows, you will have 39 sts.
Next row (buttonhole row): Cast on 2 sts, k16, k2tog, yf, k to end. 41 sts
Cast off knitwise on the RS.
Work as for Front until * is reached.
Change to Yarn G and knit 4 rows. Cast off knitwise on RS.
With right side facing you, fold panel rib section of front over so that right sides are together and four rows of garter stitch at the beginning of this section match up with four rows of garter stitch at the end. With wrong side facing you, place back piece on top of front piece, making sure that cast off edge of back piece comes above the four rows of garter stitch on front piece. Pin in place. Sew pieces together using back stitch, leaving flap opening. Turn right side out. Sew button in place at centre top of back.
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