Free knitting pattern: Knit a miniature car

2nd February 2012

Knitted car cr Stitch & Craft 2012This is the second of three knitting patterns we are posting as part of  of Stitch & Craft 2012's venture to create a Knitted Miniature Village.

The whole ‘nation’ will be on display at the Stitch & Craft Show from the 15-18 March in Olympia II and there will be some great prizes for the winning entries. To get involved, download the entry form. complete it and send it to Knitted Miniatures, 8 Greenwich Quay, Clarence Road, London SE8 3EY, by email to sara@twistedthread.com or by fax to 020 8692 6699. The form must be received by Friday 24 February 2012, and your knitted entry must arrive by Thursday March 01 2012.

Pattern for a Miniature Car, designed by Tina Egleton

Measurements

Approximately 3cm/11/4in high, 8cm/3in long, 4cm/11/2in deep.

Materials

Small amounts of DK yarn in each of Burgundy, Blue and Brown; length of White and Yellow DK yarn for embroidery. Pair of 3mm (No.11) knitting needles. 3cm/11/4in high, 8cm/3in long and 4cm/11/2in deep piece of foam; 4 x 15mm buttons; 2 ox 8mm facetted Silver sequins and 2 x 8mm flat Red sequins.

Tension

26 stitches and 36 rows, to 10 x 10 cm over stocking stitch, using 3mm needles.

Abbreviations

K, knit; p, purl; st, stitch; tog, together; ss, stocking st (k on right side and p on wrong side).

Right side

With 3mm needles and Burgundy, cast on 22 sts.

Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows.

Next row: K to last 2 sts, k2tog – 21 sts. Place yellow marker at end of last row.

Next row: Cast off 2, p to end – 19 sts. Mark end of last row with purple marker.

Next row: Cast off 5 and mark st used in casting off with orange marker, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 13 sts. Mark end of last row with green marker. Change to Blue. P 1 row and k 1 row.

Next row: P2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog – 11 sts.

Next row: K to last 2 sts, k2tog. 10 sts.

Next row: P2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog – 8 sts. Mark beginning and end of this row with red markers. Cast off.

Left side

Work as given for right side, reversing shapings by reading k for p and p for k.

Bonnet, top and boot (worked in one piece)

With 3mm needles and Burgundy, cast on 11 sts.

Beginning with a p row, ss 6 rows. Mark each end of last row with purple marker.

Ss 5 rows. Mark each end of last row with orange marker. Ss 2 rows.

Using separate small balls of yarn for each coloured area and twisting yarns together on wrong sides when changing colours to avoid holes, continue thus:

Next row: K2 Burgundy, 7 Blue, 2 Burgundy.

Next row: P2 Burgundy, 7 Blue, 2 Burgundy.

Work another 3 rows with colours as set.

Continue in Burgundy, p 1 row. Place red marker at each end of last row. Ss another 8 rows. Place red marker at each end of last row.

Ss 2 rows.

Next row: K3 Burgundy, 5 Blue, 3 Burgundy.

Next row: P2 Burgundy, 7 Blue, 2 Burgundy.

Next row: K2 Burgundy, 7 Blue, 2 Burgundy.

Repeat last 2 rows, once more.

Continue in Burgundy, p 1 row. Place green marker at each end of last.

Ss 6 rows. Place yellow marker at each end of last row. Ss 4 rows.

Cast off.

Base

With 3mm needles and Brown, cast on 11 sts.

Ss 28 rows. Cast off.

To make up

Sew sides to bonnet, top and boot piece, matching markers. Cut foam to fit into knitted shape. Insert foam and sew in base. Using Burgundy, work dividing line in chain stitch on window of each side. Pull one strand out of length of Brown and using remaining 2 strands, outline doors and embroider handles on each side in back stitch as shown in photograph. Sew on silver sequins on front and red sequins on back for lights. Embroider number plates with White on front and Yellow on back. Sew on buttons for wheels.

Stitch & Craft 2012 takes place at Olympia II in Kensington, London, from the 15-18 March. The show opens at 10am and closes at 5.30pm (5pm Sunday). Tickets cost from £9 in advance and can be booked by calling 01394 288521 or visiting www.twistedthread.com

 

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