Wednesday, February 07, 2007
My sweetheart isn’t the cupid and roses type. This wee olive-of-love suits him fine. Maybe an olive will charm your beloved too!
What you will need:
2yds (1.8m) sport weight or baby weight wool. I used Jamieson and Smith 2ply jumper weight #83 dk olive, FC11 bright olive, and #9436 Dale of Norway Baby Ull pale olive (Baby Ull, a superwash yarn, won’t felt much, but it will get fluffier)
1.5 yds (1.4m) Jamieson and Smith 2 ply jumper weight #125 pimento
1 set dp needles size 2 (3.0mm)
1 crewel embroidery needle
Cast on 6 stitches.
Rdn 1 Slide sts to other end of needle and knit into the first st cast on,
as for an I cord, k to end
Separate stitches onto 3 needles (2sts on each.)
Rnd 2 *k1, increase 1,k1; rep from * (9 sts)
Rnd 3 knit
Rnd 4 *k 1,inc 1, k2; rep from * (12 sts)
Weave in beginning tail now, while you can, leave any extra yarn inside as extra stuffing.
Rnd 5-7 k
Rnd 8 k1, k2tog, k1 (9 sts)
Rnd 9 BO
Weave in loose end.
Cast on 4 sts, knit in stockinette st (k RS, p WS) for 2 inches (5cm), BO.
Fold in 2 with right side out, wind loose ends around bottom to secure.
Stuff olive with pimento, using a needle to push it in.
Lightly felt the olive in your hands using a drop of detergent and warm water. Rub your hands like you’re making meatballs or falafel. Rinse with warm water while still rolling olive. Pinch and poke into desired olivey shape.
Beware though seemingly tedious to make at first, they become addictive, just like real olives!
2008 update! Read January 29th post!