Saturday, April 10, 2010

Week Fifteen: Bottle Rocket

When I was about halfway through this I asked my husband if he could guess what it was.

"A bottle cozy?" he hazarded, proving that, Fabulous as he is, he sometimes lacks imagination.

Fortunately I didn't knit this for him.

Bottle Rocket

Bottle Rocket

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Bottle Rocket is a simple shaker toy for your little astronaut-to-be. It is knit around a 12-oz plastic soft drink bottle.

Price: This pattern is temporarily available for FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 50 yards of a bulky-weight wool in the main color and 20 yards of a bulky-weight wool in a contrasting color for best results. (Pictured: Kraemer Yarns Mauch Chunky in Kiwi – bulky, 1 skein / 100g / 120 yards, 60% New Zealand Wool, 40% Domestic Wool; and an unknown odd ball of orange bulky-weight acrylic.)

  • 4 US size 8 double-pointed needles
  • tapestry needle
  • waste yarn for provisional cast on
  • one empty 12-oz. soft drink bottle with cap, rinsed and dried
  • duct tape
  • rice, pebbles, or jingle bells (to make the rattle)
Gauge: 4 inches = 14 sts / 24 rows in stockinette

Sizing: The pattern will make a rocket that fits snugly around the 12-oz bottle. To adjust for a 24-oz bottle, knit even until the tube extends to where the bottle curves inward, then decrease as for the 12-oz bottle.