Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Free Pattern: Case In Point

I love to knit with double points, which means that I have a number of sets in a range of sizes. With such a large collection, it soon became apparent that I needed a practical way of storing and organizing all of them. Being a thrifty knitter, I set out to knit my own double point case and this pattern is the result of that effort.

Case In Point is a knitted version of a rolled double point case, with seven pockets in varying sizes. It can comfortably store 10 sets of dpns; I usually have a few sets of socks needles and other dpns up to size 11 in mine. While this version is knitted out of Schoeller + Stahl Ole, any sport weight yarn in a sturdy wool or cotton will suffice.

Gauge: 24 stitches = 4”, 36 rows = 4” in stockinette
Yarn: Schoeller + Stahl Ole (sport weight cotton-wool blend, 50 g/ball)
2 balls pink (MC), 1 ball off-white (CC)
Needles: US #5, straights and double points

LK2tog: Lift corresponding stitch from “case body”, place on left needle. Knit together with 1 “pocket” stitch.
LEK2tog: Lift stitch from “case body” inner panel edge (next to seed stitch border), place on left needle. Knit together with 1 “pocket” stitch.

In main color, CO 73 st. Work 5 rows in seed stitch. (You can run a lifeline through the stitches at this point, which will aid in picking up the pocket stitches later).
Main pattern:
Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, K across to last 4 stitches, K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 2 and all even rows: P1, K1, P1, K1, P across to last 4 stitches, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 3: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, [K3, P1] to last 8 stitches, K5, P1, K1, P1
Row 5: Repeat row 1
Row 7: K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, [P1, K3] to last 7 stitches, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1
Work these 8 rows for a total of 8 repeats of the overall pattern.
Work 5 rows in seed stitch. Bind off, weave in ends.

Pick up 65 st on WS on bottom edge of case body, just above seed stitch border and between side seed stitch borders. Each pocket stitch will correspond to one case body stitch (excluding seed stitch border). With contrast color, work pockets:
Row 1: LEK2tog, K12, LK2tog, K11, LK2tog, K9, LK2tog, K9, LK2tog, K7, LK2tog, K5, LK2tog, K4, LEK2tog
Row 2: Purl
Repeat these 2 rows 21 times.
Row 43: LEK2tog, [K1, P1] 6 times, LK2tog, P1, [K1, P1] 5 times, LK2tog, P1, [K1, P1] 4 times, LK2tog, P1, [K1, P1] 4 times, LK2tog, P1, [K1, P1] 3 times, LK2tog, P1, [K1, P1] 2 times, LK2tog, [P1, K1] 2 times, LEK2tog
Row 44: P1, [K1, P1] to end
Repeat these 2 rows once.
Bind off, weave in ends.

With contrast color, work 30 inches of 3 stitch I-cord. Sew middle of I-cord to large pocket end of case body, halfway up the seed stitch border.

Questions or errata? Contact me at brineydeepdesigns_at_gmail_dot_com!


Angelika said...

Very cute. Usually you only see those cases sewn, but why not knit one. Great idea.

Anonymous said...

Great pattern, think i'm going to join this kal!

Anonymous said...

great pattern and perfect timing - heading to madison to visit daughter and son in law, both bike racers--i'll have to bring some of these with me

donna j

Anonymous said...

Good post.

Mys@ said...

Thank's for the idea! Very good.

Anonymous said...

When you say pick up 65 stitches for the pockets, do you mean pick up and knit or just pick up?