Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Olive Tutorial

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.

Make Pimento

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!


Unknown said...

you are so cute. this is adorable.
you are a genius.
i looovveee yooouuuuu

Petula Darling said...

Adorable! and so martini-tiny!

Anonymous said...

Very smart-ini! Love 'em! Thanks for the pattern too.


Anonymous said...

this is the CUTEST thing ever, and yet again i sit and sulk because i can't knit to save my soul. I HAVE to learn becaue my kitchen NEEDS a "OLIVE YOU" jar!
You Clever clever girl!!!! i love it!

Anonymous said...

That's just so d*mn cute! I may need to make some! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Oh. My. God. These are so cute, I'm going to have to drop everything now and knit olives!

mary jane said...

Thank You everyone! They really are fun to make. They might make good eyeballs too...Next Halloween!

Susannah Conway said...

i think those are the cutest things i have ever seen - !

mary jane said...

Thanks Susannah! High praise! I linked to you and Jennifer hope it's Okay with you both.

Girl Meets Needle said...

I so need to make some of these! Thanks for the pattern!

Dani said...

Oh my gosh, my husband and I say Olive you! to each other all the time. He is sooooo getting this for valentines day!

Suse said...

You have no idea how pleased I am to find someone who knits olives.

I knitted tiny little acorns last year and worried that I was going insane. Now at least I'm in good company!

Thanks for the pattern :)

Anonymous said...

I love these! I love olives too! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Just found this on Rav, and I love it! I have the perfect colours, and they are from socks I was going to make the boyfriend and me... the olive for him, the red for me, lol. Thanks a lot for the pattern, I think I'll present a couple in a martini class for my Valentine!

knittinandnoodlin said...

I love your olives! They inspired me to do this:


Thanks for the pattern!

Kate said...

I luved your tute so much that I put it on my blog. Let me know if this is not ok! Again, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I found your pattern on Ravelry. My husband and I aren't the cupid and roses type either, in fact, I've taken to buying him olives on valentines day (you know, b/c "olive him!"). These are definately on my list for next year!

Alrischa said...

I'm making a jar-full for my parents' kitchen. They are so cute! I'm making them with icord and then picking up the ladder, which I'm finding a bit easier than all those tricky dpns! lol.

Thankyou so much for the great idea!

Cintia Ide said...

I loved your visit!
Thanks for sharing the pattern of olive!
I was very happy you liked!

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Jane Prater said...

Adorable. I posted a link to this on my own blog to share it with friends. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Lazy Knits said...

That is so cute! What and original idea for Valentine's day. Thanks for sharing the pattern.