Tuesday, December 14, 2010

water bottle covers

It wasn't something that I had a burning desire to knit. I mean, I knew I would one day make one, I just didn't know when. Well, why in the world did I wait so long? You don't even have to have an ache or pain to fall in love with these things. It's like a little security blanket, tucked under your arm to keep you warm.
There are a bunch of patterns out there, but I really like this one. Like a little sweater for your water bottle. The pocket can be omitted. It looked cute without it, too. I used the two balls I had left over from this project and size 7 needles. Still looking plum to me. (Also, I don't know if it was just me, but I had too few stitches with the 77 to do the final decrease. I changed the K35 to K34 and the K34 to K33. ) I'm thinking there are several people that would love one of these under their tree. Oh! I ordered my first water bottle from target, but they seem to be out of stock. Our local drug store carries them.
My small size 7 circulars were not short enough to join the 44 stitches. I looked high and low for my double points. Tore the house apart, actually. In an effort to avoid purchasing more needles, I decided it was time to try the magic loop method again. Wasn't a fan the first time I tried it, but this time? This time I was sold. Using Cascade 220 Superwash.
Oh, and the double points? Saw them sitting plain as day on the book shelves, holding a pair of toast. Oy.

49 comments:

Cutzi said...

I just started doing magic loop and am loving it. Especially with my new Hiya Hiya interchangeables.

Chris said...

Once I started magic loop I never looked back. It goes so much faster for me. love the water bottle cover.

Kathy said...

Love the hot water bottle cover - thanks so much for the link! Think it would make a great gift. As for magic loop? I don't know how I ever lived without it!

Jennifer said...

Very cute cover. I've been looking for a great pattern, this looks perfect. I just learned the magic loop method in order to make your toast warmers, love it, so much easier than dpn's for me.

aracne said...

Great idea. Also, I forgot about 'toast' but I think they are perfect as a Christmas gift for someone that I love.

Erin Joy said...

What else do you need on a cold night? A hot water bottle (with knitted cover) and a pair of toasts. DPNs or Magic Loop - it's all good! I knitted a cozy with a cable down the middle - love it to death!

MadMad said...

Hahaha! When I teach people magic loop, I always say, you may not like the method, but it's a good one to have in your arsenal for when you can't find your other needles!

house on hill road said...

i really need to make one of those. i have so many bits left over that would be perfect.
also, you looking for the double points sounds just like me.

From All Stitched Up said...

Another 2 projects to love. I also like the idea of cascade 220 for socks. Thin but warm and washable. When you learn to make the magic loop socks is it a universal pattern? Or are you using a pattern and knitting it the magic loop way?

Anonymous said...

I haven't tried the magic loop yet, but I just took a class using 2 circulars and Judy's magic cast-on, and then Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off!
All 3 were pure magic!

Love those socks!

Happy gift making~Jan

michelle said...

I am so excited to receive my HOT water bottle cover for Christmas! :)
xox M

Laura said...

My hot water bottle has been without a cover for too long! Love your cover - definitely looks cozy.

sewstylish said...

yikes magic loop still to scary for me..Maybe in the new year that will my new thing to try. I have always wanted to make a bottle cover hmmm do I have time before the holidays? My oldest loves to fall asleep with the herbal heat packs I make after a hard day of sports practice but the h20 bottle might be nice for her too.

Brenda said...

If you like the magic loop, try the traveling loop! Much less fiddly because the loop just moves with the work instead of having to pull and readjust halfway through each time. I love it!

sapphireblue said...

I've tried the magic loop method once. I'll have to give it a shot again. For now, I don't mind dpns.

kim said...

Magic Loop changed my (knitting) life. Seriously. How did you live without it??? Love the water bottle cover, but you knew that...

ColorSlut said...

Great water bottle cover. I might have to make one of these! Thanks for posting it.

Hilary said...

I wasn't a fan of magic loop when I first tried it either, but now I'm completely sold! It's fantastic and is faster than I had realized. I absolutely love your water bottle covers and also love how you described them as a little security blanket! Great gift idea, too.

Renna said...

I appreciate you sharing your modifications to the pattern. My daughter has been wanting a new cover for her hot water bottle ever since she loaned her bottle to a friend a few years ago, and got the bottle back sansit's cover.

For the longest time, there didn't seem to be that many patterns for hot water bottle covers out there, and then all of a sudden they began popping up everywhere!

I wish I had 7's with a cord long enough to try the magic loop method, but guess I'll be forced to use my (homemade) size 7 dpn's.

the greenhorn knitter said...

Such a cute water bottle cover. I've never used a hot water bottle, but now I really think I should buy one just so I can knit it a cute sweater! :) Saw your feature in Artful Blogger. Very cool! I think you were a great candidate for being featured. Your blog truly is an inspiration.

Denise said...

When I lived back home in England (when I was little) we had no heating in our bedrooms! The hot water bottle was my best friend, but I never had a knitted cover for it. I bought Kristen a bottle a few years ago online and still haven't knit her a cover for it either! It's on my list.... I just never seem to get around to it, I love the simple one you chose.
:)

APA said...

Hey, YOU!

You are too cute. You couldn't know I was "back" because I've been pretty much lurking here on your space. LOL!

I would so use a nice hot water bottle these cold days of winter. We've one of those family owned, local pharmacies close by. I think a walk is in order to see if they, too, carry one.

And the little sweater you knit for it is perfect! It is just another one of those fabulous hand made treasures your beautiful, creative self shares.

Enjoy these days that remain in the excitement of Christmas!

xo...Ana

kv said...

that is somehow so appealing....and i don't even have a hot water bottle.

Kristen said...

I really do need to try that magic loop method, I dislike dp needles so much! Thanks for the tutorial link.

Poshyarns said...

I need to get over my magic loop terror!

Love the covers, we are huge fans of hot water bottles here, in fact they are indispensable.

TLCknits said...

Very cute hot water bottle cozy... I've never had one in my lifetime.. Kimmy cant say enough about them.. Guess I'll give it a try! :)... Love your placemats! Love the idea...never could sell my hubby on painting a wall in my kitchen w/blackboard paint back when my kids were small... Once your magic loop, you never go back! :)..Once I learned.. I now do everything 2-at-a-time!.. so no 2nd sock, mitten, sleeve syndrome :)... Have a great Holiday Leslie!

stitching under oaks said...

the new knit simple magazine has water bottle covers in it...I wasn't sure I'd be able to find water bottles though, thanks for the info on that. Yours looks so cozy. My grandma used to use one every night at bedtime. That would be a great gift for her. hmmmmm! Have a great week.

Suzanne said...

I feel like I'm getting a good thump on the head to give the magic loop a try. I've known about it forever but well...I'd have to rummage as much through my needles to find two circulars the same size as to find a set of dpns. Can't wait to see the line up of water bottle pictures.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I'm definitely seeing plum too. I just love plum. Darling little water bottle sweater.

Oma said...

Usually it takes so long to find what I need (also tearing the house apart) that I don't have time to start the project!!

Nancy said...

Hi Leslie, I was wondering if you have an idea about how much yarn it takes to make the cover. Trying to decide if I need to go buy yarn or use up yarn I have here. Any info would be helpful. Thanks.
PS I love the things you make I just haven't ever commented before that I can remember.

Regina said...

I've made this one too. I have two more I was hoping to make before Christmas but haven't gotten to them yet. Love the plum color. :)

Seanna Lea said...

I really ought to look into a hot water bottle, because I'm cold almost all of the time!

Lisa said...

HAHAHAHA. Oy. HAHAHAHAHAHA.

Shenoka said...

Do you know Target doesn't actually handle water bottles anymore? I went into a Target requesting one and the Pharmacy was able to sell me one that was hidden behind the counter...because they order it separately from Target.

Guess they like you buying those instant disposable heat pads now.

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