Thursday, 22 November 2012

KAL - all you need

We're having another knit along... a quick one before Christmas!

This one is led by Lorna and Penny.

It's a hot water bottle cover.


{photo credits: LondonLeo}

We're going to use all you need - a classic by LondonLeo.  This pattern is available for free on Ravelry.  You can download the pdf on the pattern page.

It uses an Aran weight yarn - we're think our Debbie Bliss Rialto or Shetland Heather Aran would be good.  Or search your stash for some leftovers.

If you check out the project page on Ravelry you will see how other people have customised the basic design.  Especially the use of hearts...

You can do the pattern as written (check out the instructions on how to fit your cosy to your own hot water bottle at the back of the pattern)

Or you can add some embellishments:
  • use Intarsia to add a motif
  • add a row or two of hearts.
  • make it stripey - two, three or more colours
  • make it plain and add a knitted or crocheted flower
  • add a pocket and pop in some lavender
  • all of the above!

Lorna has very kindly drawn up a chart of hearts for us to use.  You can download a pdf from here.

The hot water bottle cover uses Judy's magic cast on and elastic bind offs.  So you could learn some new skills too!

Check it out on Ravelry.  We'll be starting this week!

LondonLeo has several lovely patterns for sale on her Ravelry and Etsy pages including these gorgeous ribbed shawls and cabled mitts.

Dark City comes in two sizes ...
Dark City Shawl in Super Bulky

Dark City Shawlette in Lace
And Tideland in 3 lengths
Tideland in 4ply