Easter decorations. Using the Barbie knitter
(or 17 needles on the ISM) knit 16 rows and draw up the end. Place a plastic egg inside and draw up the other end. Instant gorgeous egg. If you leave some tails on the top when you draw it up, you can hang them from a tree outside or branch inside onthe table. (And this is a perfect size for the kids in Health class who have to take care of a "baby egg" for a week. The perfect egg pack, just hang around your neck.)
Also if you knit just 10 rows in green or straw and let it curl, it will make a perfect nest for this egg. You could graft or st the ends together or just leave them alone since thay are just sitting as a decoration and then you can unravel and reuse the yarn later.
So far I've done another with a bead tassel on one end that hangs down when hung up, or it can be stood on the table upside down and the tassel falls down from the top like "hair". The drawstring top on this slightly longer one (20 rows - the gather is 3 rows down from the top leaving a ruffle) can
be loosened and allowed to roll back a little and it makes a stand to hold the egg up. I think you could also rib a few rows at the top of one for a finished edge, but haven't tried that yet. About 16 rows makes a nice egg cosy with a small pompom on top.
Eggs knit as a bag.......
with a 16 row raspberry amulet bag gathered at the top edge. That raspberry one with the pompom is also a nice egg cosy without its drawstring necklace.
And it is also a perfect egg pack so the egg can peek out.
| Here is the bunny to go with the eggs.|
Knit 25 rows on Mattel knitter, using white worsted weight yarn.
[on Bond: Use KP 2 to make the fabric tight so the stuffing doesn't show.
Start on WY and use an open cast on. Leaving about 12" tail to sew the back seam, knit 17 sts across for 25 rows - this allows 1 st for the seam in back. Use a yarn needle and run a length of yarn thru all the sts of row 1 to draw up the bottom later.]
Now divide the 16 sts up so 5 are designated an ear, 3 for the top of the head, 5 more for another ear and the last 3 for the top of the head, back. I left them on the machine and reversed the handle to knit the ear. You must knit past the edge st about 3 hooks until the st on your last ear needle flips over the base peg. It appears that 3 more sts have knit, but they will undo when you reverse the handle. Same applies to going the other direction. Knit 7 rows, then move the end st on each side to the next hook in, leaving 3 sts. (This took a little work with a yarn needle and a tiny
crochet hook.) Knit 2 more rows, then draw up the 3 sts, leaving a long tail to sew the ear with. In the mean time you will discover the rest of the sts have probably fallen off the pegs. Run a piece of scrap yarn thru 3 sts on either side of the ear to hold the head sts and replace the other 5 sts onto the machine and join another yarn piece to repeat making another ear as above. Leave an even longer tail on this ear, as it will be used to graft the top of the head closed.
[On Bond: Your sts are designated as: 2 st for back of head, 5 for ear, 3 for front of head, 5 for ear, 2 st for back of head.
Knit the first 7 sts from one edge and place the rest onto a st holder. Use a claw weight. Remove the first 2 edge sts to a holder (these 2 form part of the back of the head) and knit 6 more rows on the 5 ear sts. Decrease 1 st at each side of ear and knit 2 more rows. Leaving a 6" tail to sew up the ear seam with, draw up the 3 sts on it. Join another piece of yarn and knit the other 5 ear sts 7 rows, decrease 1 st on each side, knit 2 rows, then draw up the 3 sts on a 12" tail that will be used to graft the top of the head also. Now seam the back seam shut using the long beginning tail. You can remove the WY also, as the length of yarn in Row 1 will hold the sts.]
Finishing for Mattel and Bond:
Seam the ears shut down to the top of the head. I had a starting tail to knot with on the second ear at its base, then used the long tail to graft the front and back head sts together across the top of the head. At the end of the graft, there was another tail end from sewing the first ear seam to knot its end to. Turn the bunny right side out. I sewed small pony beads on with yarn, 2 blue for eyes and a pink nose. The ears didn't need stuffed. I stuffed my bunny with used fabric softener sheets I save. I tied a contrasting yarn bow under the neck to make the head, then stuffed the body and drew up the bottom and tied it closed. He could also make a
nice beanbag and would sit up on his own if some heavy stuff were put inside to weight him. Like acquarium gravel in a piece of nylon stocking. His body is also the right size to put a plastic egg inside for the body and maybe a small styro ball for the head if he is only a decoration, because then he won't be washable.
I think we can turn him into a cat if the ears are only 3 rows long.
Decrease them 2 sts each row to a point. Knot some string whiskers under the bead nose.
Looking at him, I think we need a pompom tail for the bunny and a 3 st I-cord tail for a cat. It needs to attach about 5 rows from the bottom.
If you have some gray yarn, then you can knit a grey hare for you grannies!