Knitted IPad cover

My first Knitted IPad Cover pattern has been so popular that I’m adding a second one.

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Using 5mm needles and chunky wool:

Front:
CO 20

Stocking stitch till the piece measures 9″

Rib stitch until the entire piece measures 10″

Cast off

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Back:
Pick up 16 stitches of cast on row

With WS facing CO 4

purl 1 row, CO 4

knit 1 row

Stocking stitch 4 rows

P2tog, p to last 2, p2tog

Stocking stitch until the piece measures 9″ from the row you picked up the 16 stitches

With WS facing rib stitch for 1″

Cast off

Sew sides together

Strap:

Co 6
Knit till 5″
Knit 2, knit 2tog, yo, k2
K row
K2, k2tog, k2
K1, s1, k1 passo, k2
K1, s1, k1 passo, k1
K1, s1, k1 passo
Cast Off

Sew in the centre of the back of the piece

Attach a chunky button to the middle of the front.

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Knitted iPad cover

First pattern of 2015!

Feel free to contact me with any errors, updates or photos of your versions!

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CO 28 stitches

In A rib stitch (k1,p1) until the piece measures 1inch.

Finish with WS facing at the start of your next row; cut A.

The rest of the pattern will follow using yarn B; in the photo I changed colours randomly to practise. If you’re planning to change yarn throughout, make sure you break yarn at the end of a full cycle of the following

Using B start the Checkerboard Stitch:

Row 1
K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end.

Row 2
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 3
K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end.

Row 4
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 5
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 6
K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end.

Row 7
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 8
K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end.

Repeat these 8 rows until the whole time piece measures 10″.

To make the back and sides of the piece:

Row 1
cast on 4, K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end, cast on 4

Row 2
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 3
K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end.

Row 4
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 5
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 6
K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end.

Row 7
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 8
K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end.

Continue the piece in the checkerboard stitch (below) until the back measures 9″ (the entire piece measuring 19″ when flat)

Row 1
cast on 4, K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end, cast on 4

Row 2
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 3
K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end.

Row 4
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 5
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 6
K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end.

Row 7
P4, *k4, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 8
K4, *p4, k4; rep from * to end.

With wrong side facing, switch to A and rib stitch (k1,p1) the final inch of the piece.

Finishing:

With the piece filed in half and WS facing (inside out) use the mattress stretch to stitch sides together. I used the additional 4 stitches each side of the bottom row to create the corners.

Finally I added a 4 petal flower and button to the front for detail.

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Knitted Bookmark

A simple but pretty little bookmark for the book lovers amongst us.

The piece will measure 8″ in length and 1″ wide, using two different colours and following patterns from The Knitting Book – Vikki Haffenden and Frederica Patmore, published by Dorling Kindersely Ltd.

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The Basics:

Yarn:

4ply Yarn:

A-Purple
B-Blue

Needles: 3.25mm/UK Size 10/US Size 3

Finishing Touches:

Light Blue Cotton Thread
Sewing Needle

The Pattern:

Flower:
Pattern can be found on page 362 in The Knitting Book:

Using A and the double cast on method Cast On: 72 stitches

Break A and change to B

Row 1: K
Row 2: *kfb, cast off 10 knit wise, repeat from*
Row 3: K
Row 4: *K4, k2tog, repeat from*
Row 5: K
Row 6: P
Row 7: *K1, k2tog, repeat from*

Cast off the remaining 10 stitches

Finishing:

Using light blue cotton and a sewing needles, blanket stitch (WS) the cast on and cast off edges together, making sure to keep the purple boarder in line on both sides.

Stem:
Using the Weavers Stitch which can be found on page 380 in The Knitting Book, make a piece measuring 8″ long and 1″ wide.

Using A Cast On: 8 stitches

Row 1: (using A) *K1,Sl1 wyif, repeat from*
Row 2: (using A) *P1,S1 wyib, repeat from*
Row 3: (using B) *K1,Sl1 wyif, repeat from*
Row 4: (using B) *P1,S1 wyib, repeat from*

Repeat rows 1-4 until the piece measured 8″

Cast off

Finishing:

Lying the stem RS up sew the centre of the flowers WS to the top of the stem. Note: I left 1cm at the top from the edge before attaching the flower, so that the flower didn’t flop at the top.

Press the stem so that it’s nice and flat to lie between pages.

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Free Watermelon Slice

My buddy Seán is a guy who has everything; hope, faith, a belief in a better world and has even written himself a book! This makes him one of those difficult people to buy a birthday present for. ….. .

he’s also the biggest Beyoncé fan I know!

Whilst working in the same office with this free-loving, Beyoncé fanatic- I learnt a number of key phrases from the pop celeb who has seemingly passed me by.

“I’ve been drinking…watermelon” has been a line of choice for over 8 months at work, unbeknown to me just how rude the line was has made the scenario rather comical.

That being said, the only and greatest thing I could make such a wonderful human for his birthday was this slice of watermelon.

The Basics:

Yarn:

4ply Yarn:

A-Red
B-Yellow
C-Green
D-Black

Needles: 4mm/UK Size 8/US Size 7

Finishing Touches:

Green Cotton Thread
Red Cotton Thread
Sewing Needle
Toy stuffing

The Pattern:

Follow Dilys Sutherland’s Watermelon Slice Dishcloth pattern (also below)

Using Yarn A; cast on 4 stitches, and knit these stitches.

Row 1: knit into front and back of each stitch. (8 st)
Row 2, and all evenly numbered rows: knit
Row 3: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k1. Repeat from * to end of row. (12 st)
Row 5: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k2. Repeat from * to end of row. (16 st)
Row 7: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k3. Repeat from * to end of row. (20 st)
Row 9: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k4. Repeat from * to end of row. (24 st)
Row 11: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k5. Repeat from * to end of row. (28 st)
Row 13: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k6. Repeat from * to end of row. (32 st)
Row 15: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k7. Repeat from * to end of row. (36 st)
Row 17: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k8. Repeat from * to end of row. (40 st)
Row 19: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k9. Repeat from * to end of row. (44 st)
Row 21: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k10. Repeat from * to end of row. (48 st)
Row 23: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k11. Repeat from * to end of row. (52 st)
Row 25: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k12. Repeat from * to end of row. (56 st)

Row 26: knit.

Break A and join B

Row 27: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k13. Repeat from * to end of row. (60 st)
Row 28: knit

Break B and joir C

Row 29: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k14. Repeat from * to end of row. (64 st)
Row 30: knit
Row 31: *knit into front and back of next stitch, k15. Repeat from * to end of row. (68 st)

Cast off

With RS facing; use yarn D and sewing needle to embroider seeds over the red section of the piece.

Fold the piece in half WS facing and measure the length of the Green edge (approx 5″). Use this measurement to create the gusset.

Gusset:

Cast On 6 stitches with C – measuring 1″

Row 1: Sl1, K5
Row 2: Sl1, P5

Continue pattern from row 1 until the piece is the desired length.

Finishing:

Lie the piece flat, WS facing and using sewing needle and green cotton, blanket stitch the first long edge of the gusset to the edge of the piece.

Remember: for a tidy stitch and finished piece; stitch into the inside of the piece.

Wrapping the piece around the gusset, continue to stitch the gusset in by sewing the first short edge of gusset to main piece, this will create a ‘soft’ corner to the slice.

Changing to red cotton and sewing onto the WS of the slice (the inside) blanket stitch the red edges of the slice together.

You will be left with the slice inside out WS facing and 2 edges of the gusset left to stitch in place.

Change to green cotton and WS facing sew the remaining long edge of the gusset to the slice.

Turn the piece RS facing and stuff the slice with toy stuffing, making sure to shape the corners as you go to keep the slice looking sharp. Don’t over-stuff.

Using green thread and with RS facing, sew the final short row of the gusset into place.

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Coffee Jar Candle Holder Cosy – Mark II

Here’s the newest addition to my reuse/recycle knitting patterns to help my fellow coffee lovers make great things from their empty coffee jars. If you haven’t seen it already, here’s my first pattern using the same 50g Douwe Egberts Hazelnut Jar (probably the greatest flavoured coffee available)

The Basics:

50g Douwe Egberts coffee jar – Measuring:

  • 22cm/9″ in diameter around the middle
  • 5cm/2″ from the bottom of the neck to the base. 

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1 x T-Lite Candle per Jar

Yarn:

  • 4ply Yarn of your chosen colour. I’ve used beige in this pattern.

Needles:

  • 3.25mm
  • UK Size 10
  • US Size 3

Finishing Touches:

  • White Seed Beads
  • Large Button
  • White Cotton Thread
  • Sewing Needle

The Pattern:

Cast On: 36 Stitches

Follow the Diamond Rib Stitch (See below)

***Row 1
(Right Side): P2, *k2tog [k1, yo] twice, k1, sl 1, k1, psso, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 2
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 3
P2, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 4
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 5
P2, *k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 6
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 7
P2, *k2, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 8
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
***Repeat pattern 4 times until the pattern measures 2.5″
Row 32
(Right Side): P2, *k2tog [k1, yo] twice, k1, sl 1, k1, psso, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 33
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 34
P2, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 35
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 36
P2, *k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 37
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 38
P2, *k2, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 39
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 40
K2tog across
Cast Off

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Finishing:

With the piece laid flat and RS facing; create a boarder by sewing on rows of seed beads, finding the middle of the cozy, sew a large button on (optional)

Turning the piece inside out (WS facingBlanket Stitch the edges together.

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Coffee Jar Candle Holder Cosy

Coffee Lovers!! — If you’ve not tried the amazing Douwe Egberts Hazelnut coffee – you’re missing out!

But sadly this wonderful coffee-goodness only comes in 50g jars and so my flat is slowly becoming a hoarding station for the empty pretty little Douwe Egberts jars as I just can’t face throwing them away.

My #crafty solution to reuse – recycle has been to knit this quick and simple knitted cosy and popping in a t-lite candle.

The Basics:

50g Douwe Egberts coffee jar – Measuring:

  • 22cm/9″ in diameter around the middle
  • 5cm/2″ from the bottom of the neck to the base. 

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1 x T-Lite Candle per Jar

Yarn:

  • 4ply Yarn of your chosen colour. I’ve used beige in this pattern.

Needles:

  • 3.25mm
  • UK Size 10
  • US Size 3

Finishing Touches:

  • 2 x White Buttons
  • 3 x Pink Buttons
  • White Cotton Thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Stitch Markers (Optional)

The Pattern:

Cast On: 11 Stitches
Gauge: 11 Stitches = 6cm/2″ 

Following the Diamond Rib Stitch (See below) make a piece measuring 22cm/9″ 

Row 1
(Right Side): P2, *k2tog [k1, yo] twice, k1, sl 1, k1, psso, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 2
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 3
P2, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 4
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 5
P2, *k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 6
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 7
P2, *k2, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 8
K2, *p7, k2; rep from * to end.
Repeat pattern from Row 1 until the piece is the desired length
Cast Off 

Finishing:

With the piece laid flat and RS facing; evenly spread the buttons across and mark placements with stitch markers.

Sew each button in place.

Turning the piece inside out (WS facingBlanket Stitch the Cast On and Cast Off edges together.

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Lampshade Cover Knitting Pattern

Having fallen in love with the idea of a knitted lampshade; I made a cover for my bedside lamp

The shade measures:

5.5″ Tall, 17″ Top Diameter and 19″ Bottom Diameter

The basics:

Yarn – 4ply Black Yarn

Needles – 10mm/US Size 15

Knitted Lampshade @jofisher86
Knitted Lampshade @jofisher86

 

The Pattern:

Loosely Cast On: 29 (Check Gauge to ensure 29 stitches = 16″)

Following the Snowdrop Lace Stitch (See below) make a piece measuring 6″ wide.

Row 1: (Right Side): k1, *yo, sl 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso, yo, k5; rep from * to last 4 sts, yo, sl 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso, yo, k1.
Row 2: purl.
Row 3: k1, *yo, sl 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso, yo, k5; rep from * to last 4 sts, yo, sl 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso, yo, k1.
Row 4: purl
Row 5: k4, *yo, sl 1 purlwise, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: k1, *yo, sl 1 purlwise, k2tog, psso, yo, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 8: purl.

Cast Off leaving a tail of at least 8″

Finishing:

The pattern should be loose enough for you to thread the tail through the stitches to attach Cast On and Cast Off edges. I didn’t bother using a sewing needle, instead wrapping the piece around the shade and pulling the tail through. 

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Knitted Lampshade @jofisher86
Knitted Lampshade @jofisher86

Cup Cosy Knitting Pattern

A cup cosy knitting pattern perfect fit for a mug measuring 10 cm tall with a 25 cm circumference and 8 cm radius

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The basics:

Yarn –
I used BonusBuzz Shade: 0677

Needles –
3.5mm/US size 4
3mm crochet hook

1 x buttons
White Cotton
Sewing Needle

Cast On: 20

Stocking Stitch 10 rows starting with K

From Row 11 garter stitch until piece measures 7.5″

Next Row – Sticking Stitch 6 Rows starting with K

Next Row – Cast Off 6, K8, Cast Off 6

K 6 rows

Next Row – K4, YO, K4

*Next Row – Cast Off 1, K to last stitch, Cast off 1

*Repeat until last stitch

Cast Off

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The Big Knit Challenge – Freedom From Fistula Foundation

I’ll be taking part in The Big Knit Challenge for the Freedom From Fistula Foundation. More details below.

You can Follow FFFF on Twitter or check out their Webpage for more details.

The Big Knit Challenge
Help us to help them stitch their lives back together
Rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process for our fistula patients.
To help women rebuild their lives after surgery, we offer a wide range of services and opportunities. At one end of the spectrum, we teach basic literacy and numeracy skills, handicrafts and help to build confidence, and at the other end we offer enterprise training and loan/saving/insurance facilities.
As part of our handicrafts training, some of our patients stitch together knitted squares to make blankets. This activity gives them something to do to fill their time as they recover and they also get the gift of a warm blanket to take home with them when they leave the hospital.
Can you help us by taking part in our
BIG KNIT CHALLENGE?
We would like you to knit 6″ or 8″ blanket squares
for our fistula patients and maternity units
Unfortunately we are unable to collect your knitted donations.

Please send them to FFFF, Robertson House, 1 Whitefriars Crescent, Perth, PH2 0PA or drop them off at our Charity Shop Afri-Can, 225 High Street, Perth.
KNITTING TIPS!
If you would like to knit for our Maternity Units please knit the following:
NEWBORN UP TO SIX MONTHS
Blanket Squares 15cm/6″ for baby-sized blankets
Hats
Bootees
CHILD/ADULT
Blanket Squares 20cm/8″ for child/adult sized blankets

 

The Big KNIT Challenge

 

Calling All Knitters!! #knitforNeville

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I’ll be taking part in the NWCR #knitforNeville project. I’m hoping to get a group of us together so if you want to take part, please contact me on twitter: @jofisher86

North West Cancer Research, founded in 1948, is one of the longest running medical charities in the country. Since our foundation we have raised over £28million to fund cancer research projects in the North West of England and North Wales.

We currently fund research in Bangor, Lancaster and Liverpool Universities. In our last funding round we made grants of almost £1m to researchers fighting cancer in our region, we also made our first award funding a clinical trial. Earlier this year we announced an exciting development in our history, with the creation of the North West Cancer Research Centre at the University of Liverpool.

Today we are twice as likely to survive cancer as we were 40 years ago. This is down to research. We still need to understand more about causes, to improve diagnosis techniques and develop kinder treatments for patients. That’s why your support is so vital and we thank you for supporting us.

Dr. Neville Cobbe works at the University of Liverpool. His main area of research is ovarian cancer. Neville’s work is aimed at increasing our understanding of ovarian cancer, how to diagnose and treat it. Neville is one of the many cancer researchers funded directly by North West Cancer Research.

NWCR is collecting handmade knitted items donated by our supporters.

The items are being collected with a view to selling them online and via events. We are planning to focus sales at the end of 2014, towards Christmas.

Proceeds generated by the Knit for Neville campaign will be invested in future cancer research projects funded by North West Cancer Research, (all funding decision being made by our Scientific Committee).

We will accept all saleable, good quality items including hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, socks, jumpers and cardigans etc.

We will also accept hand knitted household items (although NB nobody used tea cosies any more).

We are accepting crocheted items.

We will accept homemade machine knitted items.

Instructions

1.) Please let us know you are knitting for us – send us an email emma@nwcr.org or sara@nwcr.org or phone us on 0151 709 2919. We will be keeping a record of all our knitters.

2.) Decide what you want to knit–(seeabove)

3.) Knitthatthing.

4.) Tell people what you are doing – help us spread the word to get more people involved,
display a poster, hand out flyers, used Twitter or Facebook to tell your friends about Knit for Neville. If using Twitter please try and include the hashtag #knitforNeville, and do upload photos of your work. We’d love to retweet you.

5.) Once your knitted item is complete, you need to get it to us. It would be helpful if you could tell us the size of the item if applicable, and the type of yarn used. You may wish to include one of the labels from your yarn or suggest washing instructions. You can then post it to us at the postal address –

Knit for Neville
c/o North West Cancer Research
North West Cancer Research Centre – University of Liverpool
200 London Road
Liverpool
L3 9TA

6.) We will keep you informed of details of sales events and our progress with the campaign.
Cant Knit Won’t Knit?
Help us spread the word about #knitforNeville and encourage more people involved.

If you know a knitting group, or have family and friends who knit, you could arrange to collect their items and send them to us in one go.

Maybe you could organise a #knitforNeville evening when your friends can bring round their knitting for a natter.

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