Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Free Knitting Pattern #2 - Gadget Cosy

This free knitting pattern is for a knitted gadget phone cosy to fit an iphone, ipod or any smartphone such as a blackberry. It can be knitted up in less than an hour and would make a great last minute gift for christmas, a birthday, or just to say thanks. With the cost of christmas rising, it's the perfect time to go handmade with your gifts.

The cosy uses the smallest amount of yarn - can you believe only approximately 10g. So you could splash out on a nice ball of say, Amy Butler Belle Organic DK (about £5 for a 50g ball) and make 5 cosies at just £1 each. Alternatively, you could you use Sidar Click Dk which is about about £3.50 a ball - What a bargain for 5 gadget cosies. Of course you can raid your yarn stash for scrummy left over yarns at no extra cost.

Here are the instructions:

Materials:
approximately 10g double knitting yarn
1 pair 3.25mm needles
1 pair 3.5mm needles
darning needle
optional button and sewing thread.

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
st st = stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl, repeated)
st(s) = stitch(es)
[ ] repeat the instructions in the brackets as many times as stated

Instructions:
Using 3.25mm needles, cast on 19 sts.
Row 1: [k1, p1] to the last st, k1.
Row 2: [p1, k1] to the last st, p1.
Rows 3-8: repeat rows 1 & 2 three times more.
Change to 3.5mm needles.
Rows 9-14: starting with a k row, st st 6 rows.
Row 15: k5, [p1, k1] 4 times, p1, k5.
Row 16: p5, [p1, k1] 4 times p1, p5
Note: Rows 15 & 16 are the start of the moss stitch square, which is worked over the centre 9 sts
Row 17-30: repeat rows 15 & 16 seven times more.
Rows 31-40: starting with a k row, st st 10 rows. Cast off knitwise.

Pin the two pieces together with right sides facing and wrong sides together and use a mattress stitch to stitch the two pieces together, leaving the cast on ribbed edges open. Alternatively, pin with right sides together and wrong sides facing and whip stitch the two pieces together, leaving the cast on ribbed edge open. Turn the cosy the right way out. The ribbed edge will hold the gadget in place.

You may wish to add a pretty button or a vintage button to your gadget cosy. Stitch a medium button to the centre of the ribbed edge on one side of the cosy (this will then be the front). Take a length of yarn approximately 10cm long. Tie a knot at one end and trim the yarn just above the knot. Stitch the other end of yarn to the inside centre of the ribbed edge. Wrap the yarn around the button a couple of times to keep the gadget safe and secure.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Free Knitting Pattern #1 - Knitted Carrots

It's been ages since I last blogged. Sorry I've been AWOL. I've had such a busy month with commission deadlines. I've finished the last of my 6 toy knits for Knit Magazine. A Cat, fox, penguin, pig, cakes and a mouse. The Cat and Fox have been published - they look fab and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest in print. I also attended a great event at Cranage Hall where I had a stall in the hands on area. It was the annual North West Womens Network event and I would recommend it to anyone. Ruth Clemens (GBBO runner up) was the key note speaker and was inspirational. Her website is http://www.thepinkwhisk.co.uk/ and her recipes are really easy to follow.

My aim for Christmas is to post 10 free patterns for quick knits - mainly ideas for christmas pressies and wrappings. But my first free pattern is just for fun - how many of you leave carrots out for Rudolph? Well here's a pattern for a fab lifesize carrot. Everyone commented on them at the Womens Network Event, so I thought I'd share. The increasing is made by picking up the loop between the two stitches and knitting into the back of it. This forms a neat, almost invisible increase and so is great for increasing in the middle of the row. I only made one carrot using this method of increasing - the top carrot. The rest used kfb (knitting into the front and back of the stitch) which leaves a hole, which I wasn't happy with and I think you can see the holes, even in the photo. Here's a good link for increasing if you need it http://www.learn2knit.co.uk/knitting/increasing.php.

Abbreviations:
K: Knit
P: Purl
M1: Make 1 increase by by picking up the horizintal loop that lies between the two stitches on the needles and knitting into the back of it (this twists the stitch and prevents a hole).
Stocking stitch: One row knit, one row purl
K2tog: Knit the next two stitches together as one stitch to decrease 1 stitch.
P2tog: Purl the next two stitches together as one stitch to decrease 1 stitch.

Materials: oddments of orange double knitting yarn, oddments of green yarn, 2.75mm straight (normal) needles, toy filling, darning needle, two double pointed needles (for point of carrot)

Instructions: Cast on 7 sts using 2.75mm straight needles and orange yarn.
Row 1: purl all sts
Row 2: [k1, m1] to the last st, k1. (13 sts).
Rows 3-5: starting with a p row, stocking stitch 3 rows.
Row 6: [k2, m1] to the last st, k1. (19 sts).
Rows 7-11: starting with a p row, stocking stitch 5 rows.
Row 12: [k3, m1] to the last stitch, k1. (25 sts).
Rows 13-17: starting with a p row, stocking stitch 5 rows.
Row 18: [k2, k2tog] to the last st, k1. (19 sts).
Rows 19-25: starting with a p row, stocking stitch 7 rows.
Row 26: [k1, k2tog] to the last st, k1. (13 sts).
Rows 27-33: starting with a p row, stocking stitch 7 rows.
Row 34: [k1, k2tog] to the last st, k1. (9 sts).
Rows 35-39: starting with a p row, stocking stitch 5 rows.
Row 40: [k2, k2tog] twice, k1. (7 sts).
Rows 41-45: starting with a p row, stocking stitch 5 rows.
Row 46: [k1, k2tog] twice, k1. (5 sts).
Row 47: p2tog, p3tog. (2 sts).
Change to double pointed needles and kit 3 or 4 rows then k2tog (1 st remaining). Cut yarn and pull yarn through last st. Pull tight to fasten off. Starting from the bottom, use mattress stitch to close the side seam, filling with toy filling as you sew. Use your knitting needle to poke the toy filling into the point of the carrot.

Stalks:Using 2.75mm needles and green yarn, cast on 18 or 20 sts. Cast off. Make three in total of varying lengths (I made two with 18 sts and one with 20 sts). Stitch the three stalks together for approximately 1cm, then stitch to the top of the carrot inside the cast on edge.

Good luck - email me if you see any errors (I've slightly rushed this post) and I'll add the pattern on ravelry. My user ID is "iknitfoodandcakes" if you want to post a picture. I can't wait to see your rudolph carrots.

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