Hi All! You know those kind of weekends when it’s so hot outside that all you want to do is sit inside with the air conditioner running and knit? Yeah, me too. In fact, that’s what I did this weekend. And for my efforts, I have another finished object! This happens to be my 75th project in Ravelry…and my 17th completed this year. It’s crazy how much more I can get completed with knitting versus crochet.
I think I had mentioned in one of my comments on a dear friends blog that I wanted to look at knitting some hot water bottle cozies…quite possibly for Christmas presents this year. I have a lot of family in cold weather climates and this might be a perfect gift for those frigid winter nights. I wanted to experiment with a few different patterns and I happened to have this one in my queue. It is a paid for pattern; however I was able to obtain it for free during a 12 Days of Giving Christmas gift last year. It’s very nicely written and I had no issues with any of the instructions. There are a lot of free patterns out there…so if you want to make one for yourself, all you need to do is search!
Ravelled Here: Bee Cozy
Started/Finished: July 16, 2016 – July 18, 2016 (I finished the knitting part last night and then just had the bind off and sewing to complete today.)
Needles: US 10 (6.0 mm) 16 inch circulars and DPNs
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids, Heathers and Twists in the color Purple (I wanted machine wash/dry.)
Extras: Hot Water Bottle (This is the link to Amazon where I purchased mine.)
In the future, I think I would start with Judy’s Magic Cast On instead of knitting in the round and then having to sew up the bottom. I turned the cover inside out and whip stitched it closed. It makes for a very nice bottom and you can’t tell that it was sewn up.
I wasn’t able to get to the full length in ribbing because 16 grams of this yarn was used in two previous projects and my gauge was off (once completing the honeycomb I was at 10.5 inches and was supposed to be at 9.5 inches); however I think it looks nice the way it is. I used JSSBO in rib pattern to bind off and it is extremely stretchy. This will make it easy to take off the hot water bottle for cleaning.
The honeycomb stitch is pretty easy; however maybe not for a beginner knitter. It’s hard to get your gauge just right when working with a cable needle and I’m lucky that I’ve worked with it on a couple of other projects. Have you started thinking about your Christmas / Holiday knitting yet? I think I have a total of two items made so far. I wanted to be much further, but with babies coming and socks galore…it will all work out in the end.
Until next time, Happy Knitting!