Cosy covers - Sixties retro
This is my modern version of a hot-water bottle cover. The cover is designed to fit a microwavable hot pad - link for this under "materials". The pads are conveniently small, and much safer (to lie on) than a hot-water bottle.
The pattern stitch from 1968 was used for a tea-cosy (colours Jade, Pink, and White), and a cushion cover (colours Brown, Amber, and White). I think the cushion cover, (style and colour scheme), is more authentically late 60s that the cosy. Although a tea cosy was de rigeur in our house, I think tea bags with and without the use of tea pots was becoming more prevalent by that time.
With No. 11 needles and main colour (red), cast on 58 stitches.
**Change to number 10 needles and commence pattern as follows, using second colour (orange):
Row 1: (right side) *K4, slip 2;
repeat from * to last 4 sts, K4.
Rows 13-24: repeat rows 1-12.
Change to number 11 needles and continue in garter stitch for 15 rows. Purl one row.**
Repeat from ** to ** three times, then rows 1-30 again.
Change to number 11 needles and work in garter stitch for 4 rows. Cast off.
Making up - Press the piece lightly on the wrong side under a
damp cloth with a hot iron.
Crochet edging - Using the main colour, (red), work a dc edge around the flap of the cover with ties as follows:
With right side facing, starting at the side edge, work 6 dc up edge
of the garter st band, 15 dc up the honeycomb edge, 2dc up to corner,
3 dc into the corner st.
Work 3 more ties by making 40 chain, then working 1 row of dc into each
chain. Sew the ties on to the cover to match the positions of the ties
on the flap.
Original pattern calls for three contrast colours, (red, orange and yellow).
One pair each of number 10, an No 11 needles.
One hot water bottle "replacement
core", (available to order on the web).
The wool should knit to a basic tension over st st of 28st to 4 inches (10cm) on No 10 (3¼mm) needles.
A word on the wool.
I used Phildar Lambswool (a 4 ply wool/acrylic mix) left over from another project.
Here is a version adapted for a light worsted cotton yarn (Rowan Cotton Glace). For this version, cast on 52 sts.