Thursday, 6 December 2012

Knitted squares part III - hot water bottle cosy and mittens

Hi guys,

Third and last post about stuff you can make with knitted squares today.


Supplies:


  • Wool - note that you will need a couple of yarn balls, not just the one pictured
  • Knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Satin ribbon (for hot water bottle)
  • 2 cardboard donuts (for mittens)
  • Not pictured: needle and thread, ideally thick thread, e.g. embroidery


Hot water bottle cosy

Same technique as for the circle scarf, though when you decide how large to knit your rectangle:

  • The width of the total stitches on the knitting needle will be the height of the finished cosy.
  • The height/length of the rectangle will need to be enough to wrap around the bottle once, so that when it is folded over the bottle fits easily inside
(Of course you can knit a longer, more narrow rectangle and then just sew the sides. So why would you do it my way? Because the stitches end up being vertical on the finished cosy and I think that looks great!)



Turn inside out to hide the where you sewed.

Now you have a knitted sack. The next step is to add a beautiful detail. A satin ribbon will look great and be functional as it will double as a drawstring.


Attach a safety pin to one end of the satin ribbon and use it as a needle to thread the ribbon between the knitted stitches at regular intervals.





Fingerless mittens

Do everything x2.

Knit a square where the height is the size of how far up your arm you want the mittens to go, and the width of the square is enough to go all the way around your hand. Bind off.


You are familiar with my horrible diagrams by now, so just follow the above. Then turn inside out.

And then you have a tube with a hole at the side. A fingerless mitten. Cute as it is, but cuter with pompoms!

This is where the donut shaped cardboard discs come in. As usual: here is a video of how to make pompoms.


Sew the strings you get hanging off from the pompoms to the mitten.

And that's it. Easy no?




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