machine knitting midgauge standard bulky machknit knit machine-knit patterns
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Machine: I used 4.5 Standard (but any could be used)
Gauge: Doesn’t matter as long as you measure what is needed
Yarn: Coordinating colors abt the same wt. You might be looking at it a long time, so use your faves.
Clock: purchased very economically at Target—Clock circumference 31 ½ inches; rim abt 2 ½ inches. Comes in red, turquoise and black; takes one AA battery.
Cast on with waste yarn and knit a few rows. I used 23 stitches, T6. My gauge was roughly 7 st and 10 rows to the inch.
Knit 29 ½ inches, about one to two inches shorter than the circumference, alternating colors randomly. It’s important to make the cozy snug, but not so short that the stitches are stretched and distorted.
Leave a yarn tail of the main color either at the beginning or the end of the strip to seam with. Always change colors on the right side of the bed and knot the old with the new so it doesn’t unravel. This will be on the back of the clock so it won’t show.
Start and end with the same color after (at the beginning) and before the waste yarn (at the end). Measure frequently while the strip is on the machine, without weights. When it’s the correct size, take off on several rows of waste yarn.
No need to run in the yarn ends, (except maybe on your kitchener row, but make sure they are secure. Trim ends to abt 2 inches.
Kitchener stitch the beginning to the end. Don’t twist the circle. Fit over the clock rim with knots on the back side and situated so it stays put. The stockinette naturally rolls, making a nice edge. You can tuck the ends inside the band if they bother you. I used the non-hook end of a crochet hook to gently urge them into hiding once the seaming was done and the cozy was placed onto the clock. (Of course, they bothered me!)
Remove waste yarns. I love the color red, so I let part of the rim of the clock show. A dab of glue here and there wouldn’t hurt if you’re having trouble getting the cozy to stay put. Actually, once you get the cozy on and hung on the wall, it’s not going anywhere so it doesn’t have to be fitting so precisely.
Voila’, an original, funky clock that makes a statement about how you spend your time!
Some examples I have seen do a single color chain stitch, crocheted, around the front inside of the circle, presumably to make it fit better. I liked mine plain.
I wish I could say that this was my original idea. I saw it on Ravelry (hand knit)
Check out the examples on Ravelry for design ideas.