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Hand-knitted Nursery

The

35 GORGEOUS DESIGNS FOR FURNISHINGS, CLOTHES, AND TOYS

Melanie Porter


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Contents Introduction

6

CHAPTER 1

Trellis blanket

66

Bookshelf trims

68

Cat coat hanger

72

Vintage children’s chair

75

Knitted love letters

78

Textured knit pinboards

82

Baby’s Room

8

Pouffe

86

Cable hat

10

Chunky knit lamb

89

Mini mittens

12

Rocking sheep

92

Planet mobile

14

Checkerboard rug

97

Corsage wall decoration

16

Hot-air balloon

100

Baby blanket

18

Snail cushion

104

Baby papoose

20

Chunky knit bolster

106

Bramble stitch shawl

22

Snuggle bunny

25

Storage pouch

28

Covered basket

30

Knit fabric pom-poms

32

Chair cushions

34

Knitted blocks

38

Simplest bootees

40

Ball bunting

42

Knit-lined basket

44

Owl doorstop

47

Giant knitted rug

50

CHAPTER 3

Equipment and Techniques

108

Basic knitting equipment

108

Knitting techniques

109

Troubleshooting

119

Crochet techniques

120

Gauge (tension)

123

Substituting yarn

124

Felting the knitting

124

Measuring furniture and calculating patterns

CHAPTER 2

125

Abbreviations

126

Template

126

Toddler’s Room

52

Toy box

54

Cozy lampshade

57

Resources

127

Giant knit toy basket

60

Acknowledgments

127

Pig pillow

63

Index

128


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Cable hat This pretty little cable hat coordinates perfectly with the mittens and

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bootees (see pages 12 and 40). The contrast trim frames a baby’s captivating face, while the graduated cable makes this a nicely challenging project.

Skill level

OOO

Materials

Abbreviations

Yarn

C4Finc2—cable 4 front increase 2 sts:

Double knit yarn such as Baby Merino

slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and

0–6 months: 17in (43cm)

Silk DK from Rowan—66% merino,

hold at front of work, knit next 2 sts

circumference x 4 ⁄4 in (12cm) height

34% tussah silk; approx. 147yds (135m)

from left-hand needle, make 2 sts, then

per 1 ⁄4 oz (50g) ball

knit 2 sts from cable needle

• Teal (A)— ⁄4 oz (20g)/58yds (54m)

C6F—cable 6 forward: slip next 3 sts

• Bluebird (B)— ⁄4 oz (10g)/29yds (27m)

onto cable needle and hold at front of

OR

work, knit next 3 sts from left-hand

Size 3

3

3

1

• Shell Pink (A)— ⁄4 oz (20g)/58yds 3

(54m)

needle, then knit 3 sts from cable needle See also page 126

• Rose (B)— ⁄4 oz (10g)/29yds (27m) 1

Pattern

f KN I T T I NG I N T HE RO U N D

Needles

Hat

Set of five US 6 (4mm) double-pointed

Using A, cast on 8 sts.

knitting needles

Evenly distribute sts over 4 doublepointed needles and ensuring work is

This technique can feel awkward at

Other materials

not twisted, cont in rounds. Place a

the start, but persevere as it will

• Cable needle

stitch marker to denote end of round.

get easier as you increase the

• Knitter’s sewing needle

Round 1: [K1, m1] to end. 16 sts

number of stitches on your needles.

Round 2: [K1, m1] to end. 32 sts

Gauge (tension)

Round 3: Knit.

23 sts and 29 rows to 4in (10cm) over

Round 4: [K4, m1p] to end. 40 sts

cable patt using US 6 (4mm) needles

Round 5: [K4, p1] to end.


© CICO Books 2014 Round 6: [C4Finc2, m1p, p1] to end. 64 sts Round 7: [K6, p2] to end. Round 8: [K6, p1, m1p, p1] to end. 72 sts Round 9: [K6, p3] to end. Round 10: [K6, p1, m1p, p2] to end. 80 sts Rounds 11–12: [K6, p4] to end. Round 13: [K6, p2, m1p, p2] to end. 88 sts Round 14: [K6, p5] to end. Round 15: [C6F, p5] to end. Rounds 16–23: [K6, p5] to end. Round 24: [C6F, p5] to end. Rounds 25–31: [K6, p5] to end. Change to B. Round 32: Knit. Round 33: Purl. Rep rounds 32–33 once more, then rep round 32 once more. Bind (cast) off.

To make up • Gather cast-on stitches securely. • Weave in loose ends. • Steam lightly.


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Knit-lined basket Making a knitted lining is a fun way to add color to your storage

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baskets, or to coordinate them with the scheme of the room. The contrast between knit and wicker is particularly successful.

Skill level

OO

• Acid Green (A)—3 1⁄2 oz (100g)/

Abbreviations C6F—cable 6 front: slip next 3 sts onto

372yds (340m)

Size

• Aqua (B)—1oz (30g)/106yds (102m)

cable needle and hold at front of work,

9 ⁄2 in (24cm) wide x 11in (28cm) long x

NOTE: Use two ends of yarn held

knit next 3 sts from left-hand needle,

5in (13cm) deep

together throughout

then knit 3 sts from cable needle

1

See also page 126

Materials

Needles

Yarn

Pair of US 8 (5 mm) knitting needles

Main piece

Fine 4ply yarn such as Pura Lana Baruffa 4ply from Robert Todd—100%

Other materials

extrafine merino wool; approx. 186yds

• Wicker basket measuring 9 ⁄2 in

(170m) per 1 ⁄4 oz (50g) ball 3

Pattern Using A, cast on 30 sts.

1

Row 1 (RS): K2, [p2, k2] to end.

(24cm) wide x 11in (28cm) long x 5in

Row 2: P2, [k2, p2] to end.

(13cm) deep

Rows 3–10: Rep rows 1–2, 4 times

• Cable needle

more.

• Knitter’s sewing needle

Row 11: P8, k6, p16.

• Ribbon for ties (optional)

Row 12: K16, p6, k8.

• Shirring elastic to match Acid Green

Rows 13–16: Rep rows 11–12 twice more.

Gauge (tension)

Row 17: P8, C6F, p16.

17 sts and 23 rows to 4in (10cm) over

Row 18: K16, p6, k8.

st st using US 8 (5mm) needles and two

Rows 19–28: Rep rows 11–12, 5 times

ends of yarn held together

more.


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Hot-air balloon Instead of having all decoration kept to the walls, create this magical hanging for a bedroom ceiling. In soft sorbet shades,

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this pattern will work well for both boys and girls.

Skill level

OO

Other materials • Polystyrene ball measuring 12 in (30cm), which comes in

Size 15 3⁄4 in (40cm) high (including basket) x 12in (30cm) diameter

two halves • Knitter’s sewing needle • Cord for attaching basket

Materials

• Fishing line for hanging

Yarn

• Curtain ring for hanging

Fine 4ply yarn such as Pura Lana Baruffa 4ply from Robert

• PVA glue to stick halves of ball together

Todd—100% extrafine merino wool; approx. 186yds (170m) per

• 1 1⁄4 in (3cm) square of scrap felt to glue inside ball to secure

1 3⁄4 oz (50g) ball

fishing line

• Canadian Goose (A)—2 1⁄4 oz (60g)/240yds (200m) • Aqua (B)—2 1⁄4 oz (60g)/240yds (200m)

Gauge (tension)

• Acid Green (C)—2 1⁄4 oz (60g)/240yds (200m)

14 sts and 20 rows to 4in (10cm) over st st using US 10 1⁄2

NOTE: Use two ends of yarn held together throughout

(6.5 mm) needles and two ends of yarn held together

Soft DK yarn, such as Baby Alpaca from King Cole—100% baby

Abbreviations

alpaca: approx. 110 yds (100m) per 1 3⁄4 oz (50g) ball

See page 126

• Camel (D)—1oz (20g)/60yds (40m)

Pattern Needles

Balloon

Set of four US 10 1⁄2 (6.5mm) double-pointed knitting needles

Using US 10 1⁄2 (6.5 mm) double-pointed needles and A, cast

32in (80cm) circular US 10 1⁄2 (6.5 mm) needle

on 9 sts.

Pair of US 10 1⁄2 (6.5mm) knitting needles

Evenly distribute sts over 3 double-pointed needles. Place a marker to denote end of round.

TODDLER’S ROOM f HOT-AIR BALLOON


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Š CICO Books 2014 Create a cozy, colorful nursery for babies and toddlers with these brilliant patterns from knitted interiors expert Melanie Porter. Discover traditional items, such as booties and blankets, as well as contemporary uses of knitting, from a knit-covered toy box to letter wall art

All projects will look great in your own home but also make the perfect gift for others

Includes a detailed techniques section, which is helpful for both beginners and experienced knitters

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