30 October, 2011

Hot Water Bottle Cozy - Entrelac Knitting

(apologies, the first paragraph of this post accidently got wiped out)

Hot water bottles are very commonly used throughout Europe to keep children warm in the cold months of winter or when the tummy is aching. This is the way I remember my Mum using it to stop my tummy ache. It is a very old concept and if you do a little research, you will find that a variety of different types of heating bottles were used as early as in the 16th century. These early hot water bottles were made of a variety of materials, such as zinc, copper, glass, earthenware or wood. To prevent burning, the metal hot water flasks were wrapped in a soft cloth bag.

Today, the modern conventional rubber hot bottles are made out of durable rubber, that can withstand sufficient heat and they are commonly covered in fabric with novelty design. So, here was the opportunity to for me to learn a new pattern and design a hot water bottle cozy. There is so many ways you can go with the cozy design, combining different colours or interesting patterns. Try it, it is heaps of fun to make.


  1. Such a warm and cozy looking stitch!! I LOVE hot water bottles, but haven't had one since leaving Morocco. They were truly a life saver for me because we had no indoor heating and at times it would get down to 40F (4 degrees C) inside our home!

  2. It is sometimes hard to imagine being in the house that cold! I guess the hot water bottles would be very helpful in the cold nights like that. The things such as heaters, fireplace and similar that we take for granted, seem way to precious elsewhere...
    Glad you like the stitch... I absolutely love your artichoke hat...

  3. Please do share this pattern, and I'd also love to know what yarn you used, and where you found those beautiful buttons!


  4. Hello there!
    Thank you for liking my Hot Water Bottle Cozy made with Entrelac Knitting! I don't have the pattern written down but will try write it down for you. I used 'Patons' Inca wool (50% wool, 30% acrylic, 20% alpaca), which is available from Spotlight as well as the wood like buttons, if you live in Australia. If you like you can send me your e-mail and I will try get you the pattern for the cozy or you can keep checking my blog, whichever is easier for you.
    Thanks again,
    Sunchi :)


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