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Knitted Unicorn Tabosy (Tablet Cosy) - WITH FREE PATTERN FOR BEGINNERS (below)
I have been progressing quite well with my knitting lately. So, I thought I would try a new skill. I wanted to create an item with a picture on it but I wasn’t sure if I was going to use duplicate stitch, intarsia or fair isle. In all honesty, I found them all quite daunting. I made my decision (or at least thought I had) after finding a unicorn graph chart in a cross stitch book - “100 Cross Stitch Card Designs by Joanne Sanderson - which I got from the library. I instantly thought of my daughter, Kayleigh, when I saw it and just had to use it! I originally thought intarsia was the way to go with this one but there were just too many sporadic colour changes, especially as I am a beginner at it. I also struggled to find any videos with clear enough instructions for my brain to focus enough to learn it. I then decided to just do duplicate stitch, which I have dabbled with before but not on this scale. This made the project speed along because I only had to work straight for the main parts and then add the picture in after. The chart was very easy to follow, as was the duplicate stitch. The only thing I had trouble with was weaving in the ends because, not only is it the boring part of any project, you also have to weave them in carefully so that they don’t show through on the right side. You have to constantly check to make sure it’s well hidden.
I decided on making it into a “Tabosy” after discussing with Kayleigh what she might like to use it for. She wanted something to keep her 10” Kindle Fire in and that’s how we came up with a tablet cosy. I got Kayleigh to make an inlay and I sewed it into the cosy by hand. This will enable her to keep other items in it too.
I worked in stockinette stitch, which is a combination of working one row knit and the next row purl, then alternating each row in this pattern. This is definitely a pattern for a beginner and above. I added a button and a crochet chain to close the cosy.
Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky (shade - Buttercup Yellow (322), Misty Grey (303), Paper White (300), Neon Pink (356), and Pure Black (301)).
1 (each colour) x 100g (3.5oz/149yds/136m) ball.
Weight category: UK Chunky [US 5/Bulky/Chunky].
Tension/gauge: 14 stitches x 20 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 6mm/UK 4 [US J/10] knitting needles.
The knitting needles I used were 6mm/UK 4 [US J/10].
I would give the Paintbox Yarns a 5 out of 5 for the following reasons:-
- It was easy to work and worked up quickly;
- There is a large choice of colours available;
- The feel of it was extremely soft;
- The cost of yarn is very reasonable - I paid about £2.25 per 100g ball and you get a lot on a ball;
- Would I use this yarn again? YES, DEFINITELY. You will see this yarn in a lot of my projects.
Paintbox Simply Chunky in Colour A (Buttercup Yellow) and Colour B (Misty Grey) - 1 x 100g in each
Also, less than 100g in Paper White (300), Neon Pink (356), and Pure Black (301)
6mm Knitting Needles
6mm Crochet Hook (If you do not know how to crochet, a hook is not needed)
Graph/chart - cross stitch or one of your choice to be worked in duplicate stitch
Fabric for inlay
With Colour A, cast on 31.
Row 1: K to end;
Row 2: P to end;
Rep these 2 rows until work reaches 26cm.
With Colour B, repeat “Front”.
With Front piece, work from your chosen chart to create picture, working in duplicate stitch. Weave in ends.
Measure out a piece of fabric 48cm by 20cm. Fold in half (end to end and right sides together, which will be the inside of cosy) and sew sides seams together. Then fold top edges down and sew in place. This will hide the rough edges once sewn into cosy.
With front piece, pin inlay to top edge and sew in place. Repeat for back piece.
Working in mattress stitch and with either Colour A or Colour B, sew sides and bottom edge of cosy together. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Sew chosen button/fastener onto back piece, near the top edge.
With crochet hook and Colour B, ch 18, sl st to top edge of front piece, sl st next 10 stitches, sl st through the other end of ch and next st on top edge. Fasten off and weave in ends.
PLEASE NOTE:- If you do not know how to crochet, then attach a strand of yarn that is long enough to fit round the button to close the cosy.
I hope this brings you #creativejoyandinspiration.
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