Of course, the next thing I had to do was knit a little cosy to keep it safe! I used the leftover yarn from my Radiate cardigan, and, while watching a Poirot movie last night, quickly knit a cute little cover.
I will most likely knit something a little fancier in the future. The yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills Aran 10 ply in Lake. The pattern is my own, but very simple...
Gauge: 20 stitches per 4"
Needles: 4.5mm and 5mm dpns
Yarn: approximately 70m
With 5mm needles, cast on 46 stitches (this is for a snug fit, add a couple of stitches for a looser fit). Divide stitches onto dpns, and, making sure stitches are not twisted, place a maker to indicate the start of the row, and join to knit in the round. Knit until cosy measures 7¾".
Change to 4.5mm for 1x1 rib, starting with a knit stitch, K1 P1 for 4 rows. At start of 5th row,knit 7 stitches, and make an eyelet buttonhole (yo, knit next two stitches together) knit next 7 stitches and repeat buttonhole. Knit in pattern to end of the round. Knit another three rounds of rib, and bind off loosely in pattern.
To finish, sew up the bottom of the cosy, and sew on buttons.