16 October 2012

cable hot water bottle cover pattern

My old hot water bottle cover had seen better days, and I really wanted to improve my cable knitting skills. So I bought some gorgeous merino blend wool and set to work on a pattern. I think I still need practice as the stitches aren't as neat as I'd like them to be, but I love my new cosy cover and am all set for the colder months ahead :)
Read on for the pattern..

2x 50g ball John Lewis Heritage Merino Blend or another chunky weight yarn, 6 1/2mm knitting needles, cable needle, wool needle, 1/2m ribbon and scissors.

-I have used UK terminology for this pattern (you can head over to my knitting page for US conversions).
-Where a hole (inc) needs to be created I have used the terms 'yf' - bring the yarn to the front of the work before knitting next st(s) - and 'yo' - wrap the yarn around the needle before purling the next st(s).
-The cover measures approx 13.5x8.5in.
-Gauge: in pattern, using size 6 1/2mm needles -  14 sts and 20 rows = 4in.

Diamond pattern
Row 1 (RS): p3, C3B, p1, C3F, p3.
Row 2 (WS): k3, p3, k1, p3, k3.
Row 3: p2, C3B, p1, k1, p1, C3F, p2.
Row 4: k2, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k2.
Row 5: p1, C3B, p1, (k1, p1)x2, C3F, p1.
Row 6: k1, p3, k1, (p1, k1)x2, p3, k1.
Row 7: C3B, p1, (k1, p1)x3, C3F.
Row 8: p3, k1, (p1, k1)x3, p3.
Row 9: k2, p1, (k1, p1)x4, k2.
Row 10: p2, k1, (p1, k1)x4, p2.
Row 11: T3F, p1, (k1, p1)x3, T3B.
Row 12: k1, p2, k1, (p1, k1)x3, p2, k1.
Row 13: p1, T3F, p1, (k1, p1)x2, T3B, p1.
Row 14: k2, p2, k1, (p1, k1)x2, p2, k2.
Row 15: p2, T3F, p1, k1, p1, T3B, p2.
Row 16: k3, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k3.
Row 17: p3, T3F, p1, T3B, p3.
Row 18: k4, p2, k1, p2, k4.
Row 19: p4, C5B, p4.
Row 20: k4, p5, k4.

Cable stitches
C3B - sl next st onto cable needle (CN), hold at back of work, k next 2 sts, k st on CN.
C3F - sl next 2 sts onto CN, hold at front of work, k next st, k 2 sts from CN.
T3B - sl next st onto CN, hold at back of work, k next 2 sts, p st from CN.
T3F - sl next 2 sts onto CN, hold at front of work, p next st, k 2 sts from CN.
C5B - sl next 3 sts onto CN, hold at back of work, k next 2 sts, k 3 sts from CN.

 CO 31 sts.
RS: p5, k2, p2, work diamond pattern across next 13 sts, p2, k2, p5.
WS: 2: k5, p2, k2, work diamond pattern across next 13 sts, k2, p2, k5.
Continue as set, working the diamond pattern (20 rows) twice and then again up to row 13, ending with WS facing (total 53 rows).
Eyelet row: k2, yf, k2tog, k1, yo, p2tog, k1, yf, k2tog, k1, yo, p2tog, k1, (p1, k1)x2, sl1 pwise, p1, psso, yf, k1, sl1 kwise, k1, psso, yf, k1, sl1 pwise, p1, psso, yf, k1, sl1 kwise, k1, psso, yf, k2.
Continue in pattern, then work rows 1-5 of pattern again.
Cast off in pattern.

Work as front until eyelet row.
Eyelet row: k1, yf, k2tog, k2, yo, p2tog, k2, yf, k2tog, p2, yo, p2tog, sl1 pwise, p1, psso, yf, k1, p1, sl1 pwise, p1, psso, yf, k2, sl1 pwise, p1, psso, yo, p1, k1, sl1 kwise, k1, psso, yf, k2.
Continue working as front.

Seam pieces, leaving top edges open. Thread ribbon, lace, or a scrap of fabric through the holes and tie in a bow at the front. Fill your hot water bottle and get cosy!

Let me know how it goes and feel free to get in touch with comments or questions :)


Ali said...

Lovely to see the finished item. I think you've done a great job and I bet it's lovely and soft made with merino wool. Thanks for sharing the pattern.
Ali x

Erika said...

Oh this looks so so pretty! I love it!
My hot water bottle is my best friend over the winter, so I just might try this :)

Marcie'sCreations said...

Looks so lovely! I am definitely going to give this a go! I also have a blog check it out and tell me what you think! Also if you had any cute little things I could try out!


Marcie xx

Anonymous said...

Please could you explain the abbreviation T3F, T3B, not sure what this means. Thank you very much.

Helen Woodward said...

T3F and T3B are explained above in the 'Cable stitches' section under the 'Diamond pattern' instructions. Hope this helps :)

Mita said...

Hi, thank you very much for sharing your pattern. I just made one for my hot water bottle. This is the link to the picture, I mention your blog :-)


All the best

About Me said...

What a great pattern, thank you. There is just a small error, Row 19 should end in P4, not K4.

Helen Woodward said...

Ooh you're totally right, thank you! Have edited pattern. Hx

Charlotte S said...

Hi Helen,
I am attempting your pattern (my first time doing cable!) but am confused at the instructions from the eyelet row. What do you mean by "continue in pattern, then work rows 1-5 of pattern again"?
Does that mean after the 1 eyelet row go back to row 1 to 20 and then 1-5?
Thankyou, Charlotte

Helen Woodward said...

Charlotte S: having worked up to row 13, the eyelet row then corresponds with row 14 of the diamond cable pattern so after the eyelet row you continue that pattern (row 15 onwards) and then go back to row 1. Hope that helps and good luck! Hx

Charlotte S said...


Georgia said...

What a beautiful pattern, thank you for sharing! I'm going to have a go at making one for a Christmas present so I'll keep you updated if it goes well :)

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