Oobit

Knitting
November 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 9 - 5.5 mm
36 yards (33 m)
Outer circumference: 27.5-30cm / 10¾-11¾in
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Oobit is a wonderful Scots word meaning “big, hairy caterpillar” - a creature which these felted bracelets somewhat resemble. “Oo” is also the Shetland term for wool, and the bracelet is designed to make use of bits of oo … hence, an oo-bit! Oobit also recalls orbit, suggesting something circular or revolving - so all told, Oobit really is the perfect name for this simple-to-make accessory. I have to thank my friend Ivor - whose knowledge of Scots is vast - for the suggestion.

Yarn
Buachaille (100% Scottish Wool; 110m / 120yds per 50g skein)
Approximately 15g / 33m / 36yds of yarn of any shade (or combination of shades)

Size
Post-felting (measurements will vary depending on how vigorously you felt your Oobit)
Approximate width: 4.5-5cm / 1¾-2in
Approximate outer circumference: 27.5-30cm / 10¾-11¾in

Needles and notions
Two sets of 40cm / 16in long 5.5mm / UK 5 / US 9 circular needles
(or your preferred type of needles for working small circumferences)
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Gauge
… is unimportant, but you will need to work each Oobit on a needle 5.5mm / UK 5 / US 9 or larger in order to create a nice open fabric - the gaps between the stitches help with the felting.

Special techniques
All special techniques are described in the pattern instructions. If you require some extra assistance, these excellent online tutorials may help:
Provisional winding cast-on method
Three-needle bind-off method
Kitchener stitch
Instructions are included for working your Oobit either flat (with a 3-needle bind-off) or in the round (joined by Kitchener stitch).