Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Bomb is up

It took a while, but I finally got my bomb pattern up for sale on Ravelry or from here via Paypal. Here it is in all its glory. Just to be clear, that's KNITTED bomb I mean of course...

Its the classic cartoon bomb, two sticks of dynamite, timer......and detonators.Its up for sale for 3.50 Euro, and 10% of the sale price goes to MAG - Mines Advisory Group, whose work includes clearing landmines.

You can buy it here via PayPal.
And here is the link to the pattern page on Ravelry - more info or you can buy it from here.
You can also buy it from my Etsy store here.

Its a fairly easy knit, done mostly in the round, with simple increases and decreases and some I-cord for the detonators. The pattern could easily be converted for making up on two needles. I used some Tivoli double knit yarn, but as gauge isn't important it could be made with any yarn lurking in the large stash any self-respecting knitter has hidden away for emergencies, along with some stuffing.It took a big of figuring out to get a nice flat face on the timer and in the end I used mathematical formulae. But I was left with some practice timers, one of which converted nicely into an oversized comedy watch...yes, it is totally ridiculous, just like the bomb!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Peas on Earth...

Yes, that is a ridiculous name, but how could I not? Anyway, here is the pattern! Also available as a free PDF download on Ravelry. Or download it directly here.


Finished Measurements:

5” x 1 ¼” x 1”

13cm x 3 cm x 2.5cm

Materials:

  • A small amount of any type of yarn will do, with the appropriate size crochet hook. I used Kingcole Pricewise Double Knitting 100% Acrylic yarn in shade 272 for the mid green of the pod, and shade 53 for the lighter green of the peas.
  • 3.5mm (U.S. Size 3) hook (or the correct size for your yarn)
  • A yarn needle for sewing up

Gauge:

16 sts or 10 rows dc per 4”/10cm

Abbreviations:

I use American crochet names, but the British ones are given here in italics also.

ch – chain/s

sc – single crochet = British – double crochet

dc – double crochet = British – treble crochet

st/s – stitch/es

sl st – slip stitch = British – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet = British – half treble crochet

sc dec – single crochet decrease (pull a loop through each of the next 2 sts, yarn over hook and draw through both sts)


DIRECTIONS:

Pea Pod side (Make two)

Using mid-green, ch 24.

Row 1: Skip one ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 17 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ss in next ch. (This leaves one ch with no st in it and makes the pea pod nice and pointy)

Row 2: Turn work. Skip 1 ch, ss in next st, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 12 sts, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, ss in next st.** Fasten off.

For second side of pea pod, work from * to **, then ss to end of pod.


Hold both sides flat against each other and work a line of sc through both sides to join them together. This leaves a nice ridge along the back. You could also sew along the edge using blanket stitch instead.


Pea (Make 5)

Make a slip ring (magic ring), (instructions here) and ch 2. (Counts as first hdc)

Make 6 hdc in ring, pull the ring closed and join with a ss. (7 sts)

Next round: Ch 2, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in each of next 5 sts, ss to join.

Next round: Ch 1, sc dec three times, ss to join and fasten off. Leave a long tail of yarn and use this to stuff the pea. Push it into the pea with the wrong end of the crochet hook.

Making up:

Stuff all your peas and sew in place. Attach yarn to one end of the pod and ch 20 to make a tendril. Sew in any loose ends. Et voila!