Saturday, October 6, 2012

Key tag cozy

Key tag cozy

This is something I have been thinking about for a while and finally made because everything needs a cozy!
 The inspiration for this is that I have a lot of tags and being that they are open on a ring the bar codes rub off and some are chipped. For this I knit it flat in a version of double knitting that allows you to knit an open tube flat. You can knit it in the round on DPN's or even use magic loop and circulars if you would prefer. I like to knit these flat because they are so small around it's less fiddeling around with needles and cords.

I made several of these. the 1st one I made was on size 2 and was 22 stitches. The 2nd one I made was on size 1 and was 24 stitches and I used a 2x2 rib for the edge. Out of the ones I made I prefer using the size 1 needles and casting on 20 stitches and finishing with a 1x1 rib.

Materials needed:
size 1 needles - you will need at least 3 needles. For mine I used double point needles (but I treated them like straights)

When slipping the stitches, slip them purl-wise with yarn in front.

 In short this is a stockinette tube with a small rib on the open end.

*I just made another and found it easier to work all purls to the ribbing. This was you don't have to switch position of yarn as it stays in front. It will be inside out, so just UT it on as shown below and turn right side out over the tags.

Cast on 20 stitches. I used the long tail cast on and snugged my stitches up together to keep the end from flairing out because these stitches will be shared between  2 sides.

body of cozy
s2, (k1, s1) repeat to the last 2 stitches,  k2, turn

repeat this row untill the tube is about 2 inches long

s2, (k1, s1, p1, s1) repeat to the last 2 stitches, k1, p1, turn

Repeat this row untill you have about 5 rounds of ribbing.

bind off:
this is where the other needle comes in handy. When you have finished your last row you still have all the stitches shared on one needle.
 Now take 2 needles and slip the stitches onto them diving the stitches between front and back to open the hole. slip the 1st stitch onto the front needle, 2nd stitch onto the back... *remember, I'm left handed so I'm slipping my stitches onto the needles in my left hand.

 Repeat this untill the stitches are divided and your tube is open
Now bind off in pattern using a stretchy bind off. knitting the knits and purling the purls. p1, k1, slid both back and k2tog, *p1, slide both stitches back and p2tog, k1, slide both stitches back and k2tog*. repeat between * and * untill all stitches are bound off.

Tie in your ends.

putting this on your key ring

Now turn your finished tube inside out
In the center about 3-4 rows down from your cast on edge, slid this onto your ring piercing both sides at the same spot in 

Now just turn it back right side out