How to Knit a Cover for a Hot Water Bottle

Updated November 21, 2016

Hot water bottles are ideal heat sources because of their portability and low cost. Keep your hot water bottle cosy with a knitted cover. Use any stitch pattern you like to create a miniature sweater for your hot water bottle, and it will keep you cosy and warm on cold blustery days.

Cast on 52 stitches using double-pointed needles. Begin by casting your stitches onto one needle, and then divide them among three needles by slipping the first and last third onto two additional needles. Knit every stitch around for a total of 45 rounds.

Decrease at the "shoulder" portion of your hot water bottle cover. Decrease the first round by knitting one stitch, then knitting two together. Next, knit 21 stitches, and knit two together; repeat this pattern around. For the next round, knit every stitch.

Decrease again by knitting the pattern from the previous round but take two stitches out of the equation. For example, your next round you will knit one, knit two together, knit 19, knit two together, and so on.

Continue to alternate traditional knitted rounds with decreased rounds, subtracting two stitches each time from the block of knitted stitches in the pattern. Continue in this manner until you have knit 55 rows.

Knit the neck of your bottle cover. Knit the next 14 rounds in knit one, purl one ribbed stitches. Bind off loosely, cut your working yarn and weave in your ends.

Use a large-eye blunt needle and a spare length of yarn to stitch the bottom hem of your hot water bottle cover.

Insert the hot water bottle into your new stylish knit cover!

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Double-pointed knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Large-eye blunt needle
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