Aran Felted Hot Water Bottle

Pattern: Aran Hot Water Bottle from Interweave Knits, Summer '02
Yarn: Jo Sharp DK Wool, Heath, 214 yds (exactly 2 balls)
Needles: 16" Circulars (US 5), DPNs (US 6), cable needle
Recipient: Undecided

Notes: No modesty here, this thing rocks. It's my first real cabling project and it's hard not to be impressed with learning this skeel. It's the perfect size for a first project, I think.

Of course, there are two big mistakes. First, my tension was way too tight in the beginning (bottom) of the project, and loosened along the way, especially in the neck where the combo of larger needles and looser gauge makes the aran pattern much larger. Second, I left the pattern at home while I was on the subway knitting the neck, and decided, what the hell, I've been working on this for a month - why not wing it? Well, the cable is way messed up up there - where in the body each cable overlays the other, in the neck they cross in all sorts of places.

Two 12-minute stints in the washing machine was enough to felt it down to the right size. I couldn't believe how long the neck was (8"!) before felting, but it is roughly the right size now.

On water bottles: I bought one on which was the wrong shape and size for this pattern. It would certainly work for some pattern, but not for this one. However, after scouring the internets, a craft company called Barrett House saved el dia. Their medium rectangle bottle measures 6" x 12", exactly the size called for. The bottles were so affordable ($4 each compared to like $15 on that I bought a few in different sizes for future projects.

A note on the note: The photo above stinks, PU. The color and clarity are not right, but I'm telling you the sun has not really been out here for days and days*. I've had it up to here with trying to take these photos under the clouds. This is supposedly why I don't live in Portland, or England, or somewhere with weather JUST LIKE THIS. Anyway, new pictures and more views as soon as the sun deigns to shine on New York City.

* C. helpfully points out that it was beautiful here the week I was gone in Chicago, so my bit about rainy and cold is not quite accurate. Thanks. Thanks a lot. I'm off to continue wallowing.

Additional Views:

The back of the bottle is ribbed -

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Posted by jess at March 28, 2005 9:25 AM

Oooh, I love that water bottle cover. It is pretty, clouds or no.

Hope the sun comes out for you sooon!

Posted by: Giao at March 28, 2005 12:04 PM

Jessica, it is gorgeous! I have tried to get that issue of IK, but it is unfortunately out of print.

Posted by: Lisa at March 28, 2005 2:00 PM

Oh, Jessica...what a great project! You did such a nice job. Funny, I didn't even know people used hot water bottles anymore!

Posted by: Lynne at March 28, 2005 7:21 PM

Wow, the cables felted really nicely. I didn't know you could get such a clear design from felting cabled patterns-- but then I've never seen one felted before. I'm tres impressed!

Posted by: Kristiface at March 28, 2005 8:58 PM

THAT is beyond awesome!

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 28, 2005 9:48 PM

Faboo job, jess. Very impressive. Wow.

Posted by: Sandra at March 28, 2005 10:53 PM


kristiface - my understanding is that cables stand out more with washing, whether or not they're felted. i'd imagine this would be even more so with felting. cool, no?

Posted by: jess at March 29, 2005 10:28 AM

Wow! I love it! It is enough to make me want to put down the crochet hook and pick up some needles! Beautiful.

Posted by: Theresa at March 30, 2005 10:45 AM

help! i really want to make this pattern, when i went to the interweave site, i could not figure out how to access the pattern. i am a recent breast cancer survivor, (the real show). lets see those wimps on tv do what chemo patients do!) i am making hats, blankets, shugs, and i would like to add hot water bottle covers for my brother and sister survivors and future survivors. how do i get a pattern?

Posted by: pinar alscher at March 21, 2007 3:42 PM

Ditto to the above comment! I love the water bottle cover, but that version of Interweave Knits is no longer available on their website. Any suggestions as to how to find it?

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