A Pair of Quickies

IMG_1522Last week I received an email from a nice Texan who wanted some shift knob cozies for his wife’s VW – the Texas heat makes the knobs so hot they burn when she’s trying to drive.IMG_1523

I whipped up these two cuties (which are incredibly hard to photograph when not actually on a knob and in use) from my old old old (and free) pattern and now they’re off to their new home! IMG_1525 IMG_1524

What are you working on this week?

FO Friday: Minion Covers

I like to alternate long-term projects with quick knits.  The sweaters are usually long-term projects (but man, do I love those!) and quick knits can vary from accessories for people and pets to cars. This time around, we chose cars.  These cute little minion shift knob covers were finished a bit ago, very rapidly, and shipped to their new home!  IMG_5346

Loosely following my shift knob cover pattern, these little guys were fun and relatively quick to make.  I hope they get a lot of use and love!IMG_5348

I didn’t even know there was a purple minion until the request came in, I guess I didn’t see the sequel!IMG_5347

What have you been making lately?

FO: A Quick Knit

After spending so much time on my other knitting projects, I just wanted something that was an instant-gratification project.

Luckily, that need surfaced around the time I had an inquiry come in about a custom version of my Shift Knob Cover pattern! (The photo below is my roommate trying to figure out what the heck this thing is)IMG_4552

This little guy knit up super quick and the pattern was easily modified to fit a more spherical knob. I added an extra increase and decrease round and I worked the decreases at the top at a slightly quicker pace to round off the top quicker.

Have you been slogging away on long-term projects?  Or are you into the instant gratification knits too?

Cover for a Shift Knob – A Pattern!

According to my stats, The Shift Knob Cover has been getting a heckuva lot of attention lately, so I thought it fit to revisit the pattern and make a few updates to it!  It was originally posted in August of 2011 and I think it’s so neat that people are still finding my blog searching for it on different search engines, so thank you everyone who found me this way!

Cover Numba 1

The first two covers I knit up were made for a Subaru although I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t fit a range of other makes and models as well.  I used worsted weight stash yarns for both covers, just a few yards is all you need really.  I imagine this cover can be easily sized up or down to accommodate different sizes by changing the yarn gauge or needle size.

Cover Numba 2

These only take a few hours to make (quick gift!) and not to mention, it’s a great way to use up some stash yarns that you haven’t the heart to throw away!

Materials:

a few yards of worsted or dk weight yarn

Size US 6  (4 mm) double pointed needles

1 stitch marker

Pattern:

CO 16 evenly across three of the needles leaving a bit of tail to use as a drawstring when we tie the cover to the shift knob.

PM and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Work in K1 P1 rib for 6 rounds.

[K3, kfb] repeat to end of round. (20 sts)

Knit for 2 rounds.

[K4, kfb] repeat to end of round. (24 sts)

Knit 1 round.

[K5, kfb] repeat to end of round. (28 sts)

Knit 4 rounds.

[k5, k2tog] to end of round. (24 sts)

Knit 1 round.

[K4, k2tog] to end of round. (20 sts)

Knit 1 round.

[K3, k2tog] to end of round. (16 sts)

Knit 1 round.

[K2tog] to end of round. (8 sts)

Knit 1 round.

[K2tog] to end of round. (4 sts)

Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches, tie off and weave in the end.

kinda looks like a hot air balloon

When putting the cover on the shift knob, it should fit fairly tightly, the most difficult part being stretching the ribbing over the largest part of the knob.  Once its over, pull the original drawstring-tail through the first row of stitches tightly and tie off, weaving in the end.

If you do knit one, don’t forget to link to it on Ravelry!  I want to see what everyone makes 😀

Shift Knob Cover – Pattern!

Remember those two shift knob covers I made for my friend Dylan? The first and the second?

They’ve gotten some interest around Ravelry and on the blog and I’ve been asked if I was planning on writing up the pattern, so I have!

Cover Numba 1

These two particular covers were made for a Subaru although I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t fit a range of other makes and models as well.  I used stash yarns for both covers in a worsted weight and I tried to stick with acrylic yarns because I find them a bit more durable and better able to handle all the grabbing, pushing, shoving and whatever dirtiness might come their way.I imagine this cover can be easily sized up or down to accommodate different sizes by changing the yarn or needle size

Cover Numba 2

These only take a few hours to make (quick gift!) and not to mention, it’s a great way to use up some stash yarns that you haven’t the heart to throw away!

Materials:

a few yards of worsted or dk weight yarn

Size 6 double pointed needles

CO 16 evenly across three of the needles leaving a bit of tail to use as a drawstring when we tie it to the shift knob

PM and join in the round being careful not to twist

work in K1 P1 rib for 6 rows

[K3 kfb] repeat to end of row

K for 2 rows

[K4 kfb] repeat to end of row

K 1 row

[K5 kfb] repeat to end of row

K 4 rows

[k5 k2tog] to end of row

K1 row

[K4 k2tog] to end of row

K1 row

[K3 k2tog] to end of row

K1 row

[K2tog] to end of row

k1 row

{K2tog] to end of row

Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches, weave in the end

kinda looks like a hot air balloon

When putting the cover on the shift knob, it should fit fairly tightly, the most difficult part being stretching the ribbing over the largest part of the knob.  Once its over, pull the original drawstring-tail through the first row of stitches tightly and tie off, weaving in the end.

If you do knit one, don’t forget to link to it on Ravelry!  I want to see what everyone makes 😀

FO Friday: Two Weeks’ Worth

Welcome back to another FO Friday!  I didn’t get a chance to share last week because of Snowpocalypse, so this week I’m sharing those projects and the one(s) from this week too.

I made a shift knob cover for a friend’s car:

Kinda looks like a hot air balloon

Since its been so cold down here, my friend was complaining about how cold his shift knob was when we went to drive to work in the morning and asked if I could make him a cover for it to match the colors of his car.  I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out, it only took me an hour or so to make and I totally winged the pattern with only how the shift knob felt in my hand for sizing reference.

I finished that replacement beanie:

capturing the true color was hard, but I think this photo is pretty close

Another project I’m quite pleased with.  I picked up some needles to finish the hat while I was in Albuquerque couch-hopping this past weekend and finished the hat in no time.  Finally my head is graced with the warmth and softness of baby alpaca once again.

I finished a pair of knucks for myself:

I promise better pictures for the actual pattern!

I don’t know if you all know this, but riding a scooter to school makes your hands very cold, and my old gloves just weren’t cutting it.  I made a pair of these for my friend for Christmas, wrote up the pattern and made these for myself.  Pattern coming soon 😀 Promise!

And I finished a hat for my Aunt:

Again, hard to capture the actual color...

This took me…maybe….3 or 4 hours.  Not long at all, and it will be on its way to her shortly.  I hope she loves it!

Wanna share your own FOs?  Skip on over to Tami’s blog to share you’re projects!