How cute is this little dude? I've been trying out some mini knitting projects lately, with the aim of working up to a teddy bear for my boyfriend's nephew. I couldn't resist this little smiley knitted light bulb. It makes a much nicer gift for your loved one than a boring old heart.
Here's what you do:
- Using 3mm needles and double knitting wool, cast on 12 stitches in yellow
- Knit 11 rows
- Join in white wool and knit 6 rows in stocking stitch, beginning with a knit row
- (Knit 1, increase by 1 in the next stitch) repeat this to end of row (18 stitches)
- Stocking stitch 3 rows beginning with purl
- (Knit 2, increase by 1 in the next stitch) repeat to end (24 stitches)
- Purl 1 row
- (Knit 3, increase by 1 in the next stitch) repeat to end (30 stitches)
- Continue in stocking stitch for 5 rows, beginning with a purl row.
- (Knit 3, knit 2 together) repeat to end (24 stitches)
- (Knit 2, knit 2 together) repeat to end(18 stitches)
- (Knit 1, knit 2 together) repeat to end (12 stitches)
- (Purl 2 together) repeat to end (6 stitches)
- Break the yarn, leaving a long end. Thread through the remaining stitches on the needle, draw up tightly and
- fasten off. Join the row ends, stuff, then run a gathering stitch around the cast on edge, gather it and fasten off.
- Cast on 12 sts in yellow and cast off these stitches straight away (these make the loop) and sew in place).
- Embroider the face to suit
- Make and attach a little sign
Note: to increase by 1 stitch, simply knit the stitch as normal but don't slip the stitch off the needle. Then knit into the back of the stitch and remove the stitch from the needle.
On my quest to find some quirky knitting projects I came across all sorts of oddities. Here are some of my favourites:
- Anatomical heart
- Darlek (extermiknit!)
- Mervin the molar
- Red blood cell
- Chill pill
- Toilet paper
- Ninja accessories
- Traffic cone
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