Budding Branches by Kendra Nitta
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Budding Branches

October 2010
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 13 rows = 4 inches
in p3, k3 rib, gently stretched
US 7 - 4.5 mm
150 yards (137 m)
17" circumference and 13" long (to fit a standard 40-ounce hot water bottle)
This pattern is available from interweave.com for $6.50.

Pamper a loved one -- or yourself -- with a cuddly hot water bottle cozy in organic cotton yarn. Worked in the round on two circular needles, this piece knits up quickly with no seaming and almost no finishing.

It’s a great project for learning to read charts and for practicing intermediate techniques like twisted stitches, bobbles, and two-stitch cables. The charming branch-and-bud motif was adapted from stitch pattern number 36 in Hand Knitted Motif Pattern, part of the Asahi Original series.

Note: as the magazine photo is styled, the budding branches motif appears to be centered; however, the pattern is written so that the motif is placed asymmetrically to the side as in the project photos here.