A good hot water bottle with a pretty woolen cover makes a practical gift for practically everyone. People who love hand knitting can revel in the cables and use it to dress up their beds.

People who don’t care about that can tuck it under the bedclothes and have warm feet without spending extra on electricity.

What’s not to like? This is a pattern from Rebecca Home magazine knitted up in KnitPicks Jalapeno Wool of the Andes. It took one week to make.