Stinky

March 28, 2013 Comments Off

Pee-yew! What is that smell?
Stinks to Be You
There is a new king of DIY fruits in town, folks. Light all the hand-poured soy candles you’ve got, but this guy is mean, green, and here to stink.

materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn in 2 shades of green and one shade of yellow (recommended yarns: Cascade 220 8914 Granny Smith (SHELL), Cascade 220 7814 Chartreuse (FRUIT), and Cascade 220 7828 Neon Yellow (STEM))
  • US 5 (3.75 mm) double-point needles
  • Crochet needle (to pull stitches through on the shell only: this isn’t a crochet pattern, sorry crochet lovers!)
  • 2 safety eyes (10mm-12mm)*
  • Stuffing*

*See www.mochimochiland.com for more on toy materials.

pattern:

SHELL Interior

1. CO 4 stitches in SHELL yarn onto one needle.
2. (Work as an i-cord.) [kfb] 4 times. (8 sts) Redistribute onto 3 dpns. Join in round.
3. [kfb] 8 times. (16 sts)
4. Knit.
5. [kfb, k1] 8 times. (24 sts)
6. k12, m1, k12. (25 sts)
7. k12, kfb, kfb, k4, kfb, k4, kfb, kfb. (30 sts)
8. (and all even rows through 26.) Knit.
9. k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k5, kfb, k5, kfb, k1, kfb. (35 sts)
10. (and all even rows through 26.) Knit.
11. k14, kfb, k2, kfb, k6, kfb, k6, kfb, k2, kfb. (40 sts)
12. (and all even rows through 26.) Knit.
13.-27. (odd rows) Keep increasing every other (odd) row by 5 sts in set pattern until you have 80 sts on your needles.
28.-29. Knit.
30. BO in knit, leaving 5 foot tail.

SHELL Exterior

Spikes will be knitted individually in a series of five rounds. Always use your judgment in the number and placement of picked-up stitches.

MAKING A SPIKE (“Make 1 Spike”) You will start each spike with 12 sts arranged on 3 dpns, 4 sts per dpn. They should be facing wrong-side (“purl”-side) out. It may take some practice to figure out how to start each new spike: what direction to push the crochet needle through, etc.
1. Join in round and purl to end.
2. [p2tog, p2] to end.
3. [p1, slip right needle into 2nd stitch on the left needle from right to left and back through 1st stitch on the left needle from left to right, p 2 sts together] to end.
4. p2tog to end onto a single dpn.
5. p3tog as i-cord.
Pull final stitch’s loop wide and pull the entire yarn ball through.

:::Spikes (Lap 1):::
CO 12 sts in SHELL yarn to 3 dpns. Join to work in round.
A. Make 1 Spike.
B. Pull your yarn down through the inside of the spike pyramid (approximately 0.4-0.5 in) so it is flush with the pyramid bottom. Using crochet needle, pull 3-4 sts through along one edge of the bottom of the previous pyramid, purl side to knit side, right to left. CO until you have 12 sts total. Distribute onto 3 dpns.

Repeat A. and B. several times.
Every 4-5 spikes, use the 5 foot tail to sew the bound-off edge of the SHELL Interior to the outer edge of your first round of spikes using mattress stitch.

Repeat A. and B., sewing to SHELL Interior every 4-5 spikes, until you’ve made a full lap of the piece. Sew 1st and last spike together using mattress stitch. (20-21 spikes)

:::Spikes (Lap 2):::
Starting at the center of the foot of the last spike on Lap 1, use crochet needle to pull 3 sts through. CO 9 sts.
A. Make 1 Spike.
B. Pull your yarn down through the inside of the spike pyramid so it is flush with the pyramid bottom. Using crochet needle, pull 7-8 sts through clockwise along the edge of the previous pyramid and Lap 1. CO until you have 12 sts total.
Repeat A. and B. until you are 1 spike from finishing the round. (16 spikes)
Using crochet needle, pull 11 sts through clockwise along penultimate spike, Lap 1, and 1st spike. CO 1 st.
Make 1 Spike. (17 spikes)

:::Spikes (Lap 3):::
Starting at the center of the foot of the last spike on Lap 2, use crochet needle to pull 3 sts through. CO 9 sts.
A. Make 1 Spike.
B. Pull your yarn down through the inside of the spike pyramid so it is flush with the pyramid bottom. Using crochet needle, pull 7-8 sts through clockwise along the edge of the previous pyramid and Lap 2. CO until you have 12 sts total.
Repeat A. and B. until you are 1 spike from finishing the round. (15 spikes)
Using crochet needle, pull 11 sts through clockwise along penultimate spike, Lap 2, and 1st spike. CO 1 st.
Make 1 Spike. (16 spikes)

Turn spikes right-side (knit-side) out and begin shaping the piece if you haven’t already done so. Try to keep the largest wedge of the SHELL Interior centered on the long edge of the football shape. Stuff lightly.

:::Spikes (Lap 4):::
Starting at the center of the foot of the last spike on Lap 3, use crochet needle to pull 3 sts through. CO 9 sts.
A. Make 1 Spike.
B. Pull your yarn down through the inside of the spike pyramid so it is flush with the pyramid bottom. Using crochet needle, pull 7-8 sts through clockwise along the edge of the previous pyramid and Lap 3. CO until you have 12 sts total.
Repeat A. and B. until you are 1 spike from finishing the round. (11-12 spikes)
Using crochet needle, pull 11 sts through clockwise along penultimate spike, Lap 3, and 1st spike. CO 1 st.
Make 1 Spike. (12-13 spikes)

:::Spikes (Lap 5):::
Starting at the center of the foot of the last spike on Lap 4, use crochet needle to pull 3 sts through. CO 9 sts.
A. Make 1 Spike.
B. Pull your yarn down through the inside of the spike pyramid so it is flush with the pyramid bottom. Using crochet needle, pull 7-8 sts through clockwise along the edge of the previous pyramid and Lap 4. CO until you have 12 sts total.
Repeat A. and B. until you are 1 spike from finishing the round. (7-8 spikes)
Using crochet needle, pull 11 sts through clockwise along penultimate spike, Lap 4, and 1st spike. CO 1 st.
Make 1 Spike. (8-9 spikes)

Stuff rest of shell.

Close up the remaining hole in pattern, using your judgment on the positioning of the last 4-6 spikes. Leave as many sides as CO or BO as you need to purl the remaining spikes comfortably.

When you’ve made your last spike, cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough to sew your gap. Use mattress stitch to close.

FRUIT (Make 3)

1. CO 6 sts in FRUIT yarn onto 3 dpns and join in round.
2. kfb 6 times. (12 sts)
3. Knit.
4. [kfb, k3] 3 times. (15 sts)
5. Knit.
6. [kfb, k4] 3 times. (18 sts)
7. Knit.
8. [kfb, k5] 3 times. (21 sts)
9.-11. Knit 3 rounds.
12. k3, kfb, k6, kfb, knit to end. (23 sts)
13.-15. Knit 3 rounds.
16. k4, kfb, k7, kfb, knit to end. (25 sts)
17.-19. Knit 3 rounds.
(*Eye Placement*: When knitting your third and final FRUIT, place one safety eye over the second kfb on Row 12 and snap closed.)
20. k4, k2tog, k7, ssk, knit to end. (23 sts)
21.-23. Knit 3 rounds.
24. k3, k2tog, k6, ssk, knit to end. (21 sts)
25.-27. Knit 3 rounds.
Stuff bottom of FRUIT lightly.
(*Eye Placement*: When knitting your third and final FRUIT, place one safety eye over ssk on Row 24 and snap closed.)
28. [k2tog, k5] 3 times. (18 sts)
29. Knit.
30. [k2tog, k4] 3 times. (15 sts)
31. Knit.
32. [k2tog, k3] 3 times. (12 sts)
33. Knit.
Stuff rest of piece.
34. k2tog to end. (6 sts) Cut yarn and pull through. Weave in ends.

STEM

1. CO 4 sts in STEM yarn onto 2 or 3 dpns and join in round.
2. kfb to end. (8 sts)
Work in stockinette in the round, stuffing the cylinder every 2 inches, until the STEM measures the same as one of your FRUITs lengthwise. (Approximately 32 rounds.)
35.-36. Knit 2 more rounds.
37. k1, m1, knit to end. (9 sts)
38. Knit.
39. k6, m1, knit to end. (10 sts)
40.-44. Knit 5 rounds.
45. k2tog to end. Cut yarn and pull through. Weave in ends.

Assembling

Cut a 4-foot strand of FRUIT yarn. Position FRUIT pieces with flat faces against stem in shell as pictured (FRUIT with eyes facing out and on top, big end of STEM jutting out the right side).

Pin FRUITs to STEM if necessary.

Tack your 4-foot yarn strand to any FRUIT end. Sew tacked FRUIT to STEM straight down the middle of its flat face using mattress stitch. When you reach the end, push the needle through to where the edge of the next FRUIT meets the STEM, pull through, and sew FRUIT to STEM as before, in the opposite direction. Repeat with the last FRUIT. Weave in ends.

© Stephanie Sun, 2013. Pattern for personal use only.

Spellbound: The World’s Coziest Book Tablet Cover

March 20, 2013 Comments Off

This tablet cover was designed by a book-lover for book-lovers. A clean, modern design and thoughtful details make it the perfect handmade accessory for the handheld library in your life.
Fall Under the Spell of Handmade
Instead of providing textural interest from cables or a special stitch, Spellbound uses one cotton-acrylic yarn and one wool yarn of similar color. The examples were knitted using an unusually dense 12 ply cotton-acrylic, which I found to provide a perfect level of contrast in shine, weight, and texture with my worsted weight wool as well as a desired stiffness.
A Cover to Judge a Book By
Where Do You Want to Go?

size

Kindle 4/5/Touch/Paperwhite [Nook Simple Touch, Kindle 1/2/3 and Nook 1]

finished measurements

Length (closed): 5 [5.25, 5] inches
Length (open): 10 [10.5, 10] inches
Height: 7 [7, 7.75] inches

materials

MC (Cotton Blend): Berroco Weekend Chunky [75% Acrylic; 25% Peruvian Cotton 119yd/110m per 100g skein] (note on substitutions: Weekend Chunky is narrower than other 12 ply yarns; a worsted weight yarn might work better than a different 12 ply)
CC (Wool): Cascade 220 [100% Merino Wool; 220yd/201m per 100g skein]

Colorways:
[MC] Blue: Starry Night 6944, Pink: Phlox 6946, Yellow: Curry 6964
[CC] Blue: Blue Velvet 7818, Pink: Fuschia 9470, Yellow: Neon Yellow 7828

1 set US #5/3.75mm straight needles
2 US #4/3.5mm double-point needles
Two rod-shaped buttons
Two stitch markers or safety pins
Tapestry needle
Large-eye needle sized to fit through buttonholes
Thread

gauge

14 sts/22 rows = 4 inches in pattern

pattern notes

P2B: Yarn forward. Behind piece, insert right needle into second (purl) st from right to left. Push back to front through first (knitted) st. Wrap yarn around needle, and pull through, purling 2 sts together.
White Box=Fill, White Box with V=Arrow Point
Even-number rows (RS): k1 in MC, move both yarns forward, p1 in CC, move both yarns backward.
Odd-number rows (WS): k1 in CC, move both yarns forward, p1 in MC, move both yarns backward.
Blue Box=Arrow
Even-number rows (RS): k1 in CC, move both yarns forward, p1 in MC, move both yarns backward.
Odd-number rows (WS): k1 in MC, move both yarns forward, p1 in CC, move both yarns backward.

Kindle 4/5/Touch/Paperwhite and Nook Simple Touch (Full-Size Chart to Print):
Chart - Regular

Kindle 1/2/3 and Nook 1 (Full-Size Chart to Print):
Chart - Tall

pattern

MAIN RECTANGLE

With #5 straight needles, CO 27 [27, 29] sts in MC, leaving a 25 inch tail.

Row 1 (WS): [k1 in CC, leave on left needle, move both yarns forward, p1 into back of st in MC, move both yarns backward] 13 [13, 14] times. k1 in MC, leave on left needle, move both yarns forward, p1 into back of st in CC, move both yarns backward. [k1 in CC, leave on left needle, move both yarns forward, p1 into back of st in MC, move both yarns backward]13 [13, 14] times. (54 [54, 58] sts)

Cont working in patt, working right to left on the chart for each RS (even-number) row and left to right for each WS (odd-number) row.

Row 15 of the chart establishes the patt for the arrow shaft.

Optional Hand Slip (may make front bumpy): Cont working in Row 15 patt for six rows. Row 22 (WS): Work first 14 sts in patt. Rearrange next 26 [26, 30] sts so that the 13 [13, 15] CC Arrow sts are reserved on a dpn and the first 13 [13, 15] sts on your left needle are the corresponding MC sts. Using MC, BO 12 [12, 14] sts. sl1. Pass final BO stitch over slipped stitch. Move back to left needle. Switch to CC. Using CC, p all sts on dpn. Work final 14 sts in patt. Row 23 (RS): Work first 14 sts in patt. [k1 in CC, bring both yarns to front; CO1 in MC, bring both yarns to back] 13 [13, 15] times. Work final 14 sts in patt.
One-Handed Reading Hand Slip Close-Up

Cont working in Row 15 patt until piece measures 5 [5.25, 5] inches (approximately 14 [17, 14] shaft rows).

SPINE ROWS (Make 2):
If a RS row: [k1 in pattern, move both yarns forward, sl1 in purl, move both yarns backward] to end.
If a WS row: [sl1 in purl, move both yarns forward, p1 in pattern, move both yarns backward] to end.
Mark both spine rows with stitch marker or safety pin.

Cont working in Row 15 patt as before the spine until piece past the spine on the RS measures 5 [5.5, 5] inches (approximately 29 [32, 29] rows).

Using MC, BO all sts and simultaneously join sides as follows: If a RS row: BO in knit, using ssk instead of k1 to work the row. If a WS row: BO in purl, using P2B instead of p1 to work the row.

Cut yarn and pull through.

If you CO 27 sts at the beginning, on RS of piece, use a tapestry needle to sew CC yarn onto front of four Arrow Point sts.

Using 25 inch tail at start of piece, use mattress stitch to sew left side closed. Tack on 25 inch strand of MC onto the lower right hand corner of the piece and use mattress stitch to sew side closed. (Remember that the RS is 2 rows shorter than the WS due to the spine rows.) Weave in ends.

CORNERS (Make 4)

CO 14 sts in CC, leaving 8 inch tail.
Next Row: p all sts.
Next Row: k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Work last two rows 4 more times. (4 sts)

Cut yarn and pull through.

Assembly

With 8 inch tails, attach corners to right-hand half of inside of piece as pictured using mattress stitch. Weave in ends.
Corner Placement

Using #4 dpns, CO 2 sts in CC. Make 3.5 inch i-cord. Sew ends to CO edge of piece, centered on the middle 13 sts.

Sew the buttons to the BO edge of piece, at the outermost edges of the CC section.

Copyright 2013, Stephanie Sun. Pattern for personal use only.

Big Things Coming Soon

March 19, 2013 Comments Off

It’s been even more quiet than usual here and on my Ravelry page (my lone finished Bella’s mitten sure is lonely), but not just one but two fun and unique patterns will be coming here soon.

Design Your Own Coasters

June 1, 2012 Comments Off

Or use my designs – they’re free, after all!

materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn in at least 2 colors
  • 24 inch strand Waste Yarn
  • US 8 (5.0 mm) straight needles (I use 7 inch dpns with stoppers on the butt ends)
  • Crochet needle (if crocheting border)

pattern:

CO 36 stitches in Waste Yarn.

All Odd Rows 1-23—Follow pattern (right to left), knitting both sides simultaneously.  For every box on the pattern, you will make 2 stitches of opposite colors, as follows:

  • If box is MC, k1 in MC, move both yarns forward, p1 in CC, move both yarns backward.
  • If box is CC, k1 in CC, move both yarns forward, p1 in MC, move both yarns backward.

All Even Rows 2-24—Follow pattern (left to right), knitting both sides simultaneously, as follows:

  • If box is CC, k1 in MC, move both yarns forward, p1 in CC, move both yarns backward.
  • If box is MC, k1 in CC, move both yarns forward, p1 in MC, move both yarns backward.

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Full-Resolution Blank Pattern

Finishing: You can either do the border in the MC or CC – I used MC.  Break yarn of the color you are no longer using.

  • Top Border – Return to front and use 3-Needle Bind-Off to make your top border (ssk’ing makes the cleanest effect).
  • Left Border – Crochet (with surface slip stitch) a border (18-19 sts long) down the left side (or you can do as I do and pull yarn (back to front) through both sides of the coaster onto right needle, and then use the left needle to pull old stitch over new.)
  • Bottom Border – Remove waste yarn and place stitches on two needles.  (You’ll need to spend time stitch-by-stitch to figure out crossed yarns if your Row 1 had two different colors on one side.)  3-Needle Bind-Off as for the top row.
  • Right Border – Crochet or fake-crochet as for the left row.

Cut off yarn, and weave in ends.

© Stephanie Sun, 2012. Please use this pattern for personal use only.  Post your coaster designs to Ravelry and message me!

Checkered Pan-Handle Cozy

October 7, 2011 Comments Off

This stash knit uses a very small amount of worsted weight yarn in 2 colors.

materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn in at least 2 colors
  • US 4 (3.5 mm) double-point needles

pattern:

CO 12 stitches in MC.  Divide evenly among 3 dpns. Join to work in a round.

Set-Up Row: * k1 in MC, leave yarn on needle, move both yarns forward; p1 in CC into back of yarn, move both yarns backward. Repeat both stitches. k1 in CC, leave yarn on needle, move both yarns forward; p1 in MC into back of yarn, move both yarns backward. Repeat both stitches. Repeat from * until end of the row. (24 stitches)

CHECKERED PATTERN:

  • Row 1 – Skip your first time as the Set-Up Row will count as your first Row 1. * k1 in MC, move both yarns forward, p1 in CC, move both yarns backward. Repeat both stitches. k1 in CC, move both yarns forward, p1 in MC, move both yarns backward. Repeat both stitches. Repeat from * until end of the row.
  • Row 2 – Same as Row 1.
  • Row 3 – * k1 in CC, move both yarns forward, p1 in MC, move both yarns backward. Repeat both stitches. k1 in MC, move both yarns forward, p1 in CC, move both yarns backward. Repeat both stitches. Repeat from * until end of the row.
  • Row 4 – Same as Row 3.

Continue working CHECKERED PATTERN until piece is long enough to fit your pot handle, ending on an even-numbered row.

Finishing: Redistribute stitches onto 4 dpns with the inside stitches (purls) on the inside 2 needles and the outside stitches (knits) on the outside 2 needles. To finish, you can either:

  • (College) Bind-off the stitches on the inside needles using 3 needle bind-off and then mattress stitch the live stitches on the outside needles together; or
  • (Pro) Place inside stitches on a small stitch-holder or series of large safety pins.  Mattress stitch the live stitches on the outside needles together.  Turn piece inside-out.  Mattress stitch the live stitches together, making a reversible cozy.

© Stephanie Sun, 2011. Please use this pattern for personal use only.

The Commuter in First Fall 2011 Knitty!!

June 23, 2011 Comments Off

My angled-cuffs fingerless gloves pattern hit the big time today.  Buy some cute buttons, grab a skein of worsted wool from your stash, and cast on!

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Smocked Smartphone Cozy

February 12, 2011 Comments Off

Research says that smartphones induce feelings of love in their owners, and nothing says love like a hand-knitted sweater.

materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • US 5 (3.75 mm) double-point needles

pattern:

CO 32 stitches. Distribute 10 stitches needle 1, 10 stitches needle 2, 12 stitches needle 3. Join to work in round.

Bottom Ribbing: * k2, p2. Repeat from * for 3 rows.

Knit all stitches on the next row.

(The pattern staggers the ribbing at the top and bottom edges to distinguish the cuff from the smocking pattern.)

SMOCKING PATTERN:

  • Row 1 – * p2, k2. Repeat from * to end.
  • Row 2 – Same as Row 1.
  • Row 3 – Same as Row 1.
  • Row 4 – * p2, insert right hand needle between the 6th and 7th stitches on the left hand needle, loop yarn around the right hand needle and pull forward, place loop in front of the first stitch on the left hand needle, k2tog, k, p2, k2. Repeat from * to end.
  • Row 5 – * p2, k2. Repeat from * to end.
  • Row 6 – Same as Row 5.
  • Row 7 – Same as Row 5.
  • Row 8 – p2, k2. * p2, insert right hand needle between the 6th and 7th stitches on the left hand needle, loop yarn around the right hand needle and pull forward, place loop in front of the first stitch on the left hand needle, k2tog, k, p2, k2. Repeat from * through to the start of the next Row 1, to finish a full round of smocking before completing Row 1 in rib.

Complete three full cycles of the SMOCKING PATTERN.

Repeat Rows 1-7 once more.

Knit all stitches on the next row.

Top Ribbing: * k2, p2. Repeat from * for 3 rows.

BO all stitches in knit.

Finishing: Turn the cozy inside out and align the edges so that the pattern will wrap the phone the way you prefer. Then:

  • With a tapestry needle, sew the bottom edge closed.
  • Create a 4-inch long i-cord. Sew i-cord onto the inside of the top of the cozy as pictured.
  • Sew button on opposite side.
  • Weave in ends.

© Stephanie Sun, 2008. Please use this pattern for personal use only.

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