Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tentacle Bag

I designed this bag to be used as a monster cup for the board game Arkham Horror.

A drawstring bag made to look like a bunch of tentacles reaching up and out and knit from the top down (tentacles first). Make a fun addition for your Arkham Horror game, or use it for whatever other tentacular uses you can come up with!

If you would like to make these to sell, it is alright with me, but please consider donating a dollar or two to if you do.

Yarn Worsted Weight

Needles size 7 dpns (could use circs)

Guage really not important


Make 16

Cast on 4 stitches, join in the round.
  1. K1, M1 4 times - total 8 stitches on needles
  2. K4, M1 2 times - total 10 stitches on needles
Knit all stitches until tentacle is aprox. 2.5 inches long or desired lenghth.
Cast off 3 stitches.
Place remaining tentacle stitches onto spare needle or scrap yarn.

Main Body
Pick up 7 stitches from first tentacle, repeat with the rest of the tentacles.
When you've picked up all tentacle stitches, join in the round,being careful not to twist.

Work in k5, p2 rib until you have aprox. 6 inches (longer for a larger bag) from where you picked up the tentacles.

*Optional - work in a row of eyelets to make weaving in the ribbon or icord easier later.

Decrease Rounds
  1. *K2, K2tog, K1, P2 *repeat to end of row
  2. K4, P2 rib
  3. *K1, K2tog, K1, P2 *repeat to end of row
  4. K3, P2 rib
  5. *k1, k2tog, p2 *repeat to end of row
  6. K2, P2 rib
  7. *K2, P2tog *repeat to end of row
  8. K2, P1 rib
  9. *K2tog, P1 *repeat to end of row
  10. K1, P1 rib
  11. K1, *K2tog *repeat to last stitch. Knit last stitch tog with first stitch from the next row. 16 stitches will be left.
  12. Knit
  13. K2tog to end of row - 8 stitches left
  14. Knit
  15. K2tog to end of row - 4 stitches left
  16. bind off
Weave in all ends.
Make an icord or find some ribbon to thread through inside of the purled stitches for the drawstring. I made a 3-stitch i-cord, the regular 4 stitch one seemed to thick.

You can stuff the tentacles and sew them closed if you want. I just left mine open.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ribbed Towel Toppers

I'm making towel toppers to go with dishcloths for Christmas gifts this year. I've noticed that most of the patterns out there are for garter stitch. I wanted something different. I liked how it turned out, so thought I'd share.

This pattern is for the toppers only. The bottoms are a simple k3, p2 rib.

These start out in a k5, p2 rib pattern which diminishes as the pattern goes on. I also did 2 buttonholes with a wider strap than most patterns use.

Unfortunately, I did the first ones in black, so it is hard to see the rib. I'll try to get some pictures of lighter ones up when I get them done.

These are done in regular, worsted - weight cotton, although you could use any weight and type of yarn (I would highly suggest sticking to cotton though).

I used 61 stitches, but as long as the number you cast on is divisible by 7 + 5 it will work.

To start, use a darning needle to create stitches down the middle of the towel. I found the instructions here to be helpful with this.

Rows from there:

1: Pick up all stitches
2: p5 *k2, p5, repeat from * to end of round
3: k5 *p2, k5, repeat from * to end of round
4: and all following even rows - knit all knit stitches and purl all purled stitches
5: repeat row 3
7: repeat row 3
9: k2, k2tog,k1, *p2, k2, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of round
11: k4 *p2, k4, repeat from * to end of round
13: k1, k2tog,k1, *p2, k1, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of round
15: k3 *p2, k3, repeat from * to end of round
17: k2tog, k1, *p2, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of round
19: k2, *p2tog, k2, repeat from * to end of round
21: k2tog, *p1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round
23-46: k1,p1 rib
47: k1, p1, k1, p1, cast off 2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, cast off 2, k1, p1, k1
48: p1, k1, p1, k1, cast on 2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, cast on 2, k1, p1, k1, p1
49-50: k1, p1 rib
51: k2tog across
52: k2tog beg & end of row
53: k2tog across
54: cast off remaining stitches

Weave in ends and sew on buttons.