Basic Hot Water Bottle Cover – Free Knitting Pattern

 As far as old school cozy goes, it doesn’t get better than a hot water bottle. Back when I had surgery last year, all I wanted was the instant warmth of the hottie, and a snuggly knitted cover to boot. This is the simplest of the covers (There will be a total of 3 patterns in this set). Why have I not shared these as yet? Mostly because I figured, why would anyone else want one? Then more and more people have been interested, and I will admit to knitting more and giving them away to friends.

Hot water bottle covers don’t come easier than this

You will need:
– 4.5mm straight knitting needles
– DK or Aran weight yarn (100gm is more than enough)
– Darning needle

I used this here: Lincraft Cakes. (Not sponsored, but an idea of weight and length. The ball made 3 hot water bottle covers)

The instructions say to “make 1”. It does not matter how you do this. You can chose to knit into the front and back of a stitch to add a stitch. You could knit into the jog between the stitches. Whatever method you prefer. I’ll also be rather indescriminate whether I say knit or just k…. and the same with Purl or just p.

Cast on 60 stitches. Place a stitch marker at 30 stitches – the halfway point. This will make it easier to know the middle – as this cover is folded in half and seamed up at the end.
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
K2, make 1, knit to 2 before the stitch marker, make 1, knit 2, slip marker, k2, make 1, knit to last 2, make 1, k2 – (64 stitches)
Purl row
K2, make 1, knit to 2 before the stitch marker, make 1, knit 2, slip marker, k2, make 1, knit to last 2, make 1, k2 – (68 stitches)
Purl row
K2, make 1, knit to 2 before the stitch marker, make 1, knit 2, slip marker, k2, make 1, knit to last 2, make 1, k2 – (72 stitches)
Purl row

Stockinette stitch the next 50 rows.

K2, Knit 2 together, knit to 2 before the stitch marker, make 1, knit 2, slip marker, k2, make 1, knit to last 2, Knit 2 together, k2 – (68 stitches)
Purl row
K2, Knit 2 together, knit to 2 before the stitch marker, make 1, knit 2, slip marker, k2, make 1, knit to last 2, Knit 2 together, k2 – (64 stitches)
Purl row
K2, Knit 2 together, knit to 2 before the stitch marker, make 1, knit 2, slip marker, k2, make 1, knit to last 2, Knit 2 together, k2 – (60 stitches)
Purl row

Knit 2, Purl 2 rib – Complete this over the next 24 rows

Cast off with around 40cm of yarn tail remaining. Use this tail to stitch up the side and bottom of your cover.

The cover unsewn
Artsy shot of the neck decrease

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