Sunday, 10 April 2011

Happy Easter

For all you lovely AY knitters, here is a free Easter pattern for you. It only takes an hour to knit and then you just stuff it in the washing machine. Get egg-cosy happy!

Easter Egg Cosies

100% wool yarn - one 50g ball will do two or three cosies
8mm circular needle with long-ish cord, or 8mm double points (dpns)
Tapestry needle

As these cosies get felted, accuracy is not in the least bit imperative. If you have a 9mm or 7mm needle, that's fine. If your stitches are uneven, it really doesn't matter. It all comes out in the wash.

Cast on 26 st and join in the round. Either use dpns or magic loop method. (You can also knit these flat and seamed before felting if you really can't bear knitting circularly.)

Knit in the round for 2.5 inches in st st.

K2tog 4 times evenly spaced in the round – 22 st
Decrease 4 st in the same manner every 5th row two more times – 14 st
Decrease 4 st every 4th row two times – 6 st
Knit three rows
K2tog three times – 3 st
Knit five rows of icord (you can do this on the circular needle)
K2tog, K1
K 2 tog
Pass end of yarn through final stitch and pull tight.

Weave in end hanging from cast off edge. Leave 3 inches or so of yarn at the top and break off leaving a rough end. This will felt in an interesting curly crimpy manner.

Felt in the washing machine at 40-60 degrees with a towel / pair of jeans in the machine. The felted fabric will still be mouldable when it comes out so pull and stretch it to make the shape you want – be tough!

Leave to dry thoroughly.

Happy Easter to you all!

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