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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Summer Season Kickoff

I know this blog has taken a backseat to a lot of things, and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, it can be frustrating for readers. I've recently found new blogs to love and revisited some old chums, and it made me realize how badly I needed to start keeping up with this blog.

So, with that mostly-direct apology, I would like to introduce you to my Free-Form Felted Needle Cozy!

And when I say “Free-Form”, I mean it! The only pattern-dependent portion of this project is the cable braid that is sewn along the middle. Even then, if you have a favorite flat-cable pattern, feel free to substitute it here.

Any scrap wool you have lying around.
Note: Do NOT use pre-washed or pretreated wool. It will not felt!
Any size knitting needle that gives you tight stitches
A sewing machine with multiple stitch options
Needles to be stored

Measure your shortest needles and add an inch to the size. Cast on enough stitches to reach that width, then knit on until you feel like changing the pattern.
Measure your next-largest length of needles and increase stitches on one end to reach an inch larger than your needles. Continue on knitting as before, but not with more stitches!
Continue increasing size until you feel the piece is long enough or you've run out of yarn. Bind off in your preferred manner and set the body of work aside.
Cast on 16 sts and knit in the following manner:

Rows 1, 3 and 5 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 and all WS rows: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 7: k2, sl 6 sts to cn and hold in FRONT, k6, k6 from cn, k2.
Rows 9 and 11: Knit.
Row 12: Rep Row 2.

Knit until the piece is just slightly shorter than the longest length of the cozy's body. The knitting will stretch when sewn.
Pin the cable to the cozy in your preferred manner.
Set your knitting machine to a wide-stitch setting. I recommend this one:

Sew along the four edges, making sure to catch the edge firmly in the stitch. This particular stitch will hold down more of the yarn than a single-line stitch, securing the cable more securely.
You're done! Push your needles into the cable and enjoy your new cozy.

You can create an I-Cord and sew it to the back of the cozy to keep it closed when it is rolled up. I'd recommend only sewing it in one spot, at the center, so that it can be adjusted based on how tight you roll the cozy.

This concludes my first-ever tutorial! Please let me know what you think in the comments below!

In my next post, I will be reviewing not three, not four, but five recipes from the lovely website, Pinterest.

Until then, Blessed Be.


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