Friday, September 29, 2006

Cat Muumuu

Do you have an overweight, surly cat in desperate need of humiliation?

Yes you do.

Meet Sunshine:


She's surly, she's fat, she's the light of my life.

Oh, and she's been feeling a little self-conscious lately, so I decided to make her a muumuu.









Muumuu instructions:


Materials:
Three skeins Yarn Bee Icelandic Jewel
US 10.5 straight needles
US 10.5 24" circular needles

Gauge:
about 3.5 stitches per inch

Note: I chose to knit the bulk of the muumuu on straight needles and switch to circulars for the fringe. My nifty 10.5 dpns met an untimely end in an unfortunate oops-I-stepped-on-my-knitting-bag-and-smashed-my-plastic-dpns-to-bits accident. It may be easier to knit the entire garment in the round since you'll join the fabric for the fringe anyway.

Step one: Measure your cat




This may be dangerous.

Measure your cat's girth and the length of her flank between her front and back legs.












Step two: Knit your muumuu

Multiply your cat's girth in inches by 3.5, or whatever gauge you're using. Got it? Good. That's how many stitches you should cast on.

Work in K1 P1 rib for about three inches.
Next, work in stockinette for about another six inches depending on how long your cat is. The garment should fit snugly just behind her front legs and end just before her hind legs.

Fringe:
Switch to circular needles.
At this point, you may join your work and begin working in the round if you aren't already.

Row 1: Knit into the front and back of each stitch.
Rows 2-4: Knit
Row 5: Knit into the back and front of each stitch.
Rows 6-8: Knit
Row 9: Knit into the front and back of each stitch
Row 10: Knit



Bind off loosely

Finishing:

Sew up the side and weave in ends.



My muumuu was a bit too big, so I ran a piece of yarn through the ribbing to act as cinch, then tied it into a little bow to tighten it.



















If your fat cat doesn't like her muumuu, it also makes a nifty capelet!





Monday, September 18, 2006

Laptop Cozy

Yarn:
Yarn Bee Icelandic Jewel
You will need approximately two 3.5 oz skeins, more depending on how many colors you use.
I used Sapphire, Black Pearl, and Peridot.

Gauge:
Approximately 3.5 stitches per inch using US 10.5 needles

Abbreviations:
C4F - slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold in front, K2, K2 from cable needle
K2tog - Knit 2 stitches together
K3tog - Knit 3 stitches together
sk2po - slip two stitches as if to K2tog, K1, pass slipped stitches over



Patterns:

Fern lace:
Row 1 - K9, yo, K1, yo, K3, sk2po
All even rows - purl
Row 3 - K10, yo, K1, yo, K2, sk2po
Row 5 - K3tog, K4, yo, K1, yo, K3, yo, K1, yo, K1, sk2po
Row 7 - K3tog, K3, yo, K1, yo, K9
Row 9 - K3tog, K2, yo, K1, yo, K10
Row 11 - K3tog, K1, yo K1, yo, K3, yo, K1, yo, K4, sk2po

C4 cable:
Row 1 - K4
Row 2 - P4
Row 3 - C4F
Row 4 - P4


Laptop Cozy:
Fits 12 inch iBook G4

Cast on 44 stitches (you may need to cast on more or less depending on the size of your laptop. If your laptop is larger, add an equal number of stitches to each side of the pattern. If smaller, you may need to omit one of the cables or fern leaf pattern.)

Row 1 - purl

Work the next 22 inches (more or less, again depending on the size of your laptop) as follows:

K2, C4 cable pattern, Fern Leaf Pattern (twice), C4 cable pattern, K2

Change colors as desired.









The cozy, pre-flap.


Now You can begin your decreases for the flap. This part isn't necessary. If you like, you can just keep going in the above pattern (keep in mind it will be rippled) or work in garter stitch until the flap is the desired length.

Row 1 - (RS) K2, C4 cable, (K2tog) 4 times, (yo, K1) 4 times, (K2tog) 4 times, (yo, K1) 4 times, (K2tog) 4 times, C4 cable, K2.
Row 2 and all WS rows - purl
Row 3 - Knit
Row 5 - K2, C4 cable, (K2tog) 4 times, (yo, K1) 3 times, (K2tog) 4 times, (yo, K1) 3 times, (K2tog) 3 times, C4 cable, K2. (I know it's uneven, but it shouldn't be noticeable)
Row 7 - Knit
Row 9 - K2, C4 cable, (K2tog) 3 times, (yo, K1) 3 times, (K2tog) 3 times, (yo, K1) 3 times, (K2tog) 2 times, K1, C4 cable, K2.
Rows 10-15 (or desired length) - Knit
Row 16 - K2tog, Knit to last two stitches, K2tog
Row 17 - Knit
Row 18 - K2tog, Knit to last two stitches, K2tog

Bind off all stitches.

Finishing:

Sew in all ends.

If you are going to block, do so now.

Fold bottom 11 inches over and sew up the sides.
Add two buttons to secure the flap.

Happy Knitting!