29 February 2012

Knitted felted pen holder/cosy



PATTERN IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED
KNITTED ITEMS CAN ONLY TO BE USED FOR PERSONAL USE OR CHARITY KNITTING
PATTERN IS NOT FOR RESALE 

MATERIALS
Wash+ Filz -it! wool (not the fine type)
four 5mm (US 8) dpns 

ABBREVIATIONS
rd – round
k- knit
p – purl
st(s) – stitch(es)
kfb –  increase, knit front and back
sl – slip
psso – pass slip stitch over
tog - together

STEM
Cast on 6 sts with green yarn.
Divide sts evenly between three dpns and join in the round.
Continue k every round until work measures 40cms / 16ins or desired length.
Remember that the felting yarn shrinks approximately 30% when washed.

FLOWER CENTRE
Change to pale pink wool.
NEXT rd : k.
Tuck two end yarns down tube.
NEXT 2 rds : k.
NEXT rd : (k2tog) 3 times   (3 sts).
Pull wool through (thread yarn through the 3 remaining sts).
Fasten off.

PETALS (make 4) knitted flat with 2 needles.
Cast on 2 sts with dark pink yarn with 5mm size needles.
ROW 1 : kfb, k1  (3 sts).
ROW 2 : p.
ROW 3 : kfb, kfb, k1  (5 sts).
ROW 4 : p.
ROW 5 : kfb, k2, kfb, k1  (7 sts).
ROW 6 : p.
ROW 7 : sl1, k1, psso, k to last 2 sts, k2tog  (5 sts).
ROW 8 : p.
ROW 9 : sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog  (3 sts).
Cut yarn and leave sts on needle.
Continue making three more petals leaving a long yarn tail on the final petal.

Thread the yarn on the last petal through all the stitches of the four petals on the needle.
Pull tight.
Place around the flower centre, knit side facing up and with a few stitches complete the circle.
Sew the petals to the centre by sewing back and forwards through the tube.
Darn all loose yarn tails on petals and stem away.
Insert a biro (without the ink part) into the bottom end of the tube. 

FELTING PROCESS
1. Place the knitted flower into the washing machine, along with an old pair of jeans or towel (for agitation) and a colour catcher.
2. Set the machine for a 40 degree wash and a short spin.
When flower comes out of machine reshape petals and stem, remove biro.
3. Dry flat.
4. If the base of the stem has felted ease an opening by inserting a knitting needle.


 copyright Alison Hogg 2012


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous29/2/12 21:39

    I can relate. Brilliant idea.

    ReplyDelete

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