Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Little Night Cap

Just before Christmas, a couple years ago, a friend of mine asked if I could make little scarves and caps for wine/liquor bottles. She was looking for a new way to present gifts of booze. Before I knew it, I'd made her 10 sets from scrap yarn. I tried to do straight stockinette stitch, but the curling was out of control, so I designed a little mock cable pattern that kept things straight. I think they turned out really cute!

Scrap yarn - worsted works best, but I made a few with sportweight and a few with Aran or heavier worsted.

Size 5 straight needles for the scarves
Size 5 DPN's for the hats
yarn needle and or crochet hook for pulling ends in

*the project is actually so small - 10 st across - that I worked the scarves back and forth on DPN's as well just to keep the project more portable.

Scarf 1

*RT - K2tog leaving stitches on needle. K 1st stitch, sl both stitches from needle

CO 10
row 1 - K3, P1, K2, P1, K3
row 2 - K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1
row 3 - K3, P1, RT, P1, K3

rep rows 2&3 until piece measures 17"
BO in pattern

Scarf 2

CO 10
work K1,P1 rib until piece measures 17"
BO in rib

If stripes are desired, do them in 2 or 4 row increments and carry the unused color up the side rather than cutting yarn.

Scarf 3

CO 110, K until desired width is achieved.

Basic Hat

CO 30, distribute evenly over 3 needles (10 st on each needle)
Join, being careful not to twist work.
Work in K1, P1 rib for 5 rows.
K (st st) for 5 rows.

Dec row 1: K 1st 2 st tog, K to last 2 st on needle, K last 2 st tog. Repeat for each of 3 needles. (8 st on each needle)
Next row: work even

repeat last 2 rows until 2 st remain on each needle. K 2 st tog on each needle, knitting all three stitches onto one needle.

Work 3 st I-cord for approximately 12 rows.

sl 1st st, K2tog, pass second st under 1st. Cut yarn and pull through loop.
Tie a knot in the I-cord, close to the base. Pull excess yarn through to wrong side of work.

Hat Variation

Work as for basic hat, eliminating decreases. Continue in knit stitch for 5 more rows or until desired height is achieved. BO using a 3 needle bind-off. Attach a tassle to each of the 2 corners formed.

-you could eliminate the I-cord and add a pom pom or tassle
- you could do the ribbing in a contrasting color
- you could turn it inside out and pull the I-cord through - achieving a sort of 'tam' effect
- any of the scarves could be fringed or not

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