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Published on December 14th, 2016 | by Kath Webber

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Cabled hot water bottle

Take your first steps in crochet cables with Kath Webber’s cute and cosy hot water bottle cover pattern.

Made with half trebles, trebles and raised double trebles, this richly-textured hottie cover is perfect for practicing crochet cables. Crocheting double trebles (dtr) around the front post of the stitch creates the raised texture, and the cable is a simple row of more raised stitches. Give your project to someone for a bit of festive hygge, or donate to grass-roots charity Knit Aid, who is collecting hot water bottles for refugees across Europe. One ball of yarn will make three hottie covers, so get hooking!

You will need:-

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Abbreviations:- BPdtr back post double treble; ch  ch; dtr  double treble; FPdtr  front post double treble; htr  half treble; tr treble; RS  right side; WS  wrong side; YOH  yarn over hook

How to Make:- (make two!)

(RS) Make a foundation row by making 18ch, 1htr in 3rd ch from hook, 1htr in each remaining ch. [16 htr]

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(WS) For row 1, make 3ch, 1tr in each st across, 1 further tr in final st. Turn. [18 sts]

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Row 2: (RS) 3ch (counts as 1tr), miss first tr, 1tr in next st, 1FPdtr in next st: wrap YOH twice, insert hook from right to left, sliding the hook behind the post of the treble of the row below. Then complete the dtr- YOH, bring it back through the stitch (YOH, pull through 2 loops) three times.

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1tr in next 3 sts, 1FPdtr in each of next 6 sts, 1tr in next 3 sts, 1FPtr in next st, 1tr in each of last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 3: (WS)This next row is the same as all wrong side rows from here on out. So, make 3ch (to count as 1tr), make 1tr in the next st, then make a BPdtr in the next st. This time, wrap YOH twice, slide the hook from right to left, passing the hook in front of the stitch, then complete the dtr as before.

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Continue the row as follows: 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 1BPdtr in each of next 6 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, BPdtr in next st, 1tr in remaining 2 sts. Turn.

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For the cable row (row 4), you’ll be using FPdtr again. Make 3ch, 1tr in next st, FPdtr in next st, 1tr in each of next 3 sts. Miss 3 sts, then make 1FPdtr in each of the next 3 sts.

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Now you’ll need to make 1 FPdtr in each of the 3 missed stitches. To locate these, kind of fold down the 3 FPdtr you’ve just made so you can access the missed stitches. Continue the row as follows: 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 1FPdtr in next st, 1tr in each of remaining sts. Turn.

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Now work a WS row (row 3) to complete the cable. The pattern is a repeat of row 2, row 3, row 4 then row 3 again. Repeat once more, then repeat rows 2 & 3 once more. Row 12 is a simple tr row: 3ch, 1tr in each st across, turn.

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Row 13: ss in to each of first 4 sts, 2ch (counts as 1 htr), 1htr in each of next 9 sts, turn. [10 htr]

  • 2ch (does not count as htr), 1htr in each st across, turn.
  • 2ch (does not count as htr), 2htr in first st, 1htr in each of next 7 sts, 2htr in final st, turn. [12 htr]
  • 2ch (does not count as htr), 1htr in each st across, turn.

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For the final row, make 2ch, 2htr in first st, 1htr in each remaining st to final st, 2htr in last st. Fasten off.

Place the two pieces wrong sides together and attach the yarn in the top right hand corner. Double crochet the two pieces along the long edge and bottom edge.

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Pop the hot water bottle into the cover and then crochet up the opposite long edge.

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Turn the piece so you’re working along the top edge. Make 1 double crochet in each st around. Fasten off and sew in all your ends. Voila! Cosy times abound.

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About the Author

Kath has been a yarn fancier since 2008 when she crocheted her first granny square. Now a designer, mother, writer and prolific faffer, Kath spends her time stroking yarn and is still searching for the perfect mustard merino... Suggestions welcomed!




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