With fall soon approaching, it’s time to start thinking about getting cozy again as the evenings cool down! With that in mind, I am bringing you a free farmhouse style knitting pattern for a hot water bottle cover.
Let’s face it, who doesn’t have that one ugly hot water bottle sat in a drawer that we don’t use because it doesn’t have a cozy cover?
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Introduction – Free Farmhouse Knitting Pattern:
‘Homestead Hottie’ is a hot water bottle cover knitting pattern, designed for DK to Light Worsted weight yarn. This cover can be knit with a short or long ribbed collar, depending on your preference and how many yards of yarn you have available.
This pattern has been designed using a DK (8ply) weight yarn. The yarn I chose is one of my absolute favourites. It is from White Gum Wool and is 100% Merino from the Tasmanian Highlands in Australia.
Can I just tell you how soft this yarn is. I am really sensitive to a lot of fibres but this Merino is simply beautiful! It is so soft next to the skin and would be ideal for baby items – it’s that soft!
You can substitute the yarn for any DK weight wool yarn of your choice, the pattern will work with any DK weight wool yarn, just make sure to check your gauge!
The hot water bottle cover is knit from the bottom up, seamlessly in the round. It has been designed for the beginner-intermediate knitter who has knowledge of the following…
- Knitting In The Round
- Knitting Stripes
- Increasing and Decreasing
- Knit Two Together Bind Off
- Judy’s Magic Cast On
- Magic Loop Method
The body of the cover is knit in stockinette stitch, consisting of two colours knit one after the other, row by row, to create stripes. Don’t worry, you carry the working yarn together up the inside of the cover as you knit so you don’t end up with a ton of ends to weave in!
The neck of the cover is knit in 2×2 rib stitch, knit in one colour, and the length can be determined by whether you want it to fold over or not.
This pattern has been designed with negative ease, so please don’t worry if your knitting looks a little small to fit your hot water bottle – it will! Just make sure to check your gauge before you begin.
Tools and Notions
Suggested Yarn: White Gum Wool 8ply/DK in Natural and Gum Grey
Or other DK/Light Worsted Weight Soft Wool Yarn
3.5mm/US 4 100cm Circular Knitting Needle
3.5mm/US 4 40cm Circular Knitting Needle
(Or size needed to obtain gauge)
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends
2 x Stitch Markers in different colours
6sts = 1 inch (unblocked/unstretched)
in stockinette stitch in the round
Measurements of Finished Object
15-20 inches (38-51cm) long x 7 inches (18cm) wide
Dimensions of Hot Water Bottle
35cm (14in) tall x 20cm (8in) wide
K = Knit
P = Purl
St = Stitch
Sl = Slip
KFB = Knit into the front and back of the stitch (increase)
JMCO = Judy’s Magic Cast On
BO = Bind Off
K2tog = Knit 2 Stitches Together (decrease)
P2tog = Purl 2 Stitches Together (decrease)
S2KP = Slip the first two stitches together from the left to right needle as if to knit. Knit the next stitch. Slip the two slipped stitches over the knit stitch together (double decrease stitch)
SM = Slip Marker
RHN = Right Hand Needle
LHN = Left Hand Needle
BOR = Beginning of Round
MC = Main Colour
CC = Contrasting Colour
The Farmhouse Knitting Pattern
Using your longer circular and JMCO, CO 60 stitches (30 on each needle)with your main colour. You will be working in-the-round, using the magic loop method.
Body Of Cover
Round 1: K all sts
(on needle two you will need to knit through the back loop of each stitch for the first round only) (60sts)
Round 2: Change to CC yarn.
Needle 1 – K1, KFB, K to last 2 sts on needle, KFB, K1.
Needle 2 – Repeat as for needle 1 (64sts)
Repeat rounds 1 and 2, alternating between colours, until you have a total of 88 sts (44 on each needle). Continue to work in stockinette stitch in-the-round (K all sts) until the piece measures 4 inches (10cm) from cast on edge (this is when your piece should be a sufficient size to accommodate your smaller circular knitting needles).
Change to your smaller circular needles and PM (we’ll call this M1) to mark the beginning of the round. Continue knitting in stockinette stitch, in-the-round (K all sts, until the piece measures 9.5 inches (24cm).
On the last round before the ribbed collar section, K44, PM2 (differing colour to the BOR marker, we’ll call this M2), K44. Cut yarn for the contrasting colour leaving a tail long enough to weave at the end.
(Using Main Colour Only)
You will be working in 2×2 Rib Stitch (K2, P2), using the main colour for this section.
Round 1: K2, P2 to end of round.
Repeat round 1 until ribbed section measures 1.5 inches (4cm).
Round 1: K2tog, P2, *K2, P2 repeat from * to M2. SM, K2tog, *P2, K2 to 2sts before the end of round.
P1, Slip last st to the RHN purl wise, remove marker, sl st back to LHN, replace marker. This is the new BOR.
1. S2KP (refer to abbreviations), P1, *K2, P2 repeat from * to two stitches before M2. P1, Sl next st from LHN to RHN as if to purl, remove marker, sl st back to LHN, replace marker.
2. S2KP, P1, *K2, P2 repeat from * to last st before the BOR marker.
3. Sl st purl wise from LHN to RHN, remove marker, sl st back to LHN, replace marker. This is the new BOR.
1. P1, P2tog, K2, *P2, K2 repeat from * to one st before M2.
2. Sl st purl wise from LHN to RHN, remove marker, sl st back to LHN. P1, P2tog (do not replace marker), K2, *P2, K2 repeat from * to end of round.
End of Decreases.
Now work in 2×2 Rib Stitch on every round starting with a P2 until your piece measures either 15 or 20 inches (38 or 51cm).
BO off loosely using your preferred bind off method. I used the K2tog Bind Off.
Weave in ends using your tapestry needle. Soak your finished object and block to even out stitches. Enjoy!
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