V-Necked Hot Water Bottle Cover



Here is another free knitting pattern inspired by my childhood, an elegantly classic V-necked knitted hot water bottle cover.  Cold winter nights, creeping down the bed until you find the hot water bottle in the bed.  Curling up around it and falling asleep.  However as much as time moves on often the simple solutions are the best and this free knitting pattern is a timeless classic.  Elegant to look at and simple to use as the top of the bottle is easy to fill.  Access to the hot water bottle is through a couple of decorative buttons on the bottom of the  knitted hot water bottle cover.


This free knitting pattern makes a knitted hot water bottle cover to fit a standard hot water bottle.

Requirements:Print

100g Double Knitting Weight Yarn
1 x 4mm Knitting Needles  
5 Decorative Buttons

Instructions:

Abbreviations.
 Abbreviation
   
 Meaning
     
sts      Stitches      
    Knit (number after it refers to how many stitches to knit)
     
P
  Purl (number after it refers to how many stitches to Purl)
     
 M1      Make One (Make a stitch by knitting into the front an back of each stitch)      
 K2tog     Knit two together (knit next two stitches together as if they were a single stitch (decreasing a stitch)
     
[ ]
    Repeat the instructions in the brackets as specified following the brackets
     


To make Back of Hot Water Bottle Cover (make 1):

Using 4mm needles cast on 44 sts 
Row 1: [K1, P1] rpt to end of row 
Repeat this row a further 5 times (6 rows worked). 

Commence pattern 
Row 1: Knit to end  
Row 2: P4, [ K4, P4 ] repeat to end  
Row 3: Knit to end  
Row 4: [ K4, P4] rpt to last 4 sts, K4 
Repeat these 4 rows of pattern a further 16 times (work 17 times in total)
Work 6 rows in K1, P1 rib 
Cast off in rib.  

 

To make Front of Hot Water Bottle Cover (make 1):

Cast on 40 sts.  
Work 2 rows in K1, P1, rib 
Row 3: Rib 5, [cast off 2sts, rib 5 (including st on RH needle)], rpt to end. 
Row 4:[ Rib 4, m1 twice into next st] rpt to last 5sts, rib 5.
Work 2 more rows rib. 
Cast on 2 sts at beginning of next two rows, worked in rib.
Work a further 4 rows rib. 

Commence pattern

Row 1: Knit to end 
Row 2: P4, [K4, P4 ] rpt to end 
Row 3: Knit to end

Row 4: [K4, P4] rpt to last 4 sts, K4 

Continue in pattern until 28 rows less of pattern have been worked than used back.   
Commence shaping whilst continuing with pattern and keeping continuity.
Next row: K20, K2tog, turn. 
Work 3 rows pattern on these 21 sts 
Next row: K19, K2tog
Work 3 rows pattern 
Next row K18, K2tog. 
Work 3 rows pattern 
Continue working thus decreasing every 4th row until the 28 rows have been worked. (i.e. ending with an even row with 15sts on needle). 
Commence rib: 
Row 1: K1, {P1, K1] rpt to end of row 
Row 2: P1 [K1, P1] rpt to end of row 
Repeat these 2 rows twice more. 
Cast off in rib. 
Mark the horizontal loop lying before the next stitch then rejoin yarn. 
K2tog and pattern to end of row. 
Work 3 rows pattern 
Next row: K2tog, K19 
Work 3 rows pattern 
Next row K2tog, K18. 
Work 3 rows pattern
Continue working thus decreasing every 4th row until the 28 rows have been worked. (i.e. ending with an even row with 15sts on needle). 
Commence rib: 
Row 1: K1, [P1, K1] rpt from * to end of row 
Row 2: P1 [K1, P1] rpt to end of row 
Repeat these 2 rows twice more. 
Cast off in rib.

 


To make Up:

With right sides facing, sew up top (including the V-rib) and the side seams of hot water bottle cover.  Turn correct way out.  Secure any loose ends.  

Sew buttons onto the base of the backto correspond with the buttonholes on the front.

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