Maybe it’s a bit extreme to say that an hot water bottle is my best friend, especially when that really could also be said of my knitting bag, but when a hot water bottle has a soft cozy on it such as mine, it is the best thing in the world to have. I knitted the cozy back in 2000, but of all the things I’ve knitted it probably holds the place of greatest appreciation by me.
Pattern: Hottie by Kim Hargreaves in Rowan 28, August 2000
Rowan Kid Soft (Hah! That’s the wrong yarn! I’ll have to find out what I used….Sorry!)
Needles? I’ve forgotten. Probably US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 6 (4 mm)
Looking around at similar cozies on Ravelry, I still like this one best. Unlike other designs that would have you put a drawstring closure at the bottom or at the top, Hottie creates an opening in the middle of the cozy, making it something that enhances the cozy especially when pretty buttons are added for closure.
For added flourish, the turtleneck-style collar that covers the neck of the hot water bottle has a sweet ruffle to it. The only modification I made was that instead of sewing the collar up and creating a seam, I knitted a seamless collar in the round. Along with the design, I love the yarn I used for it because it makes it super, super soft and with hot water inside the bottle, it’s like a warm Teddy Bear. It just may be my best friend.