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Tiny Tether

Knitting
April 2006
Aran / Worsted ?
US 3 - 3.25 mm
200 yards (183 m)
8-12 inches
This pattern is available for free.

From the designer: “It all started on a cold, winter’s night as I stood in the middle of my living room doing an odd sort of jiggle, bounce, and sway motion over and over. In all fairness, I was not crazy -- I was simply trying to calm our infant son, and whisk him away to dreamland. But, it wasn’t working. It wasn’t about to start working in the near future either, because what he really wanted was his Sucky Thing (known as a pacifier to the rest of the world). I had already checked the 5 or 6 usual places, plus about 10 unusual places and was empty handed. Fortunately, my husband soon arrived, handed me a Sucky Thing, and on his way into the kitchen casually mentioned, “What we need is a tether.” Right then and there the idea for Tiny Tether was born.

“Whip out the odd bits of the most appealing stash yarn you have, a spare hair elastic, a coffee bag clip and set to work. The pattern knits up very quickly and makes a lovely bow on a shower present. No baby? No problem! Tether your keys and clip it onto your bag for handy access. You can tether just about anything, really.”
Peace Fleece Worsted Weight 70% Wool/30% Mohair; 200yd/180m per 4 oz. Skein

MC Shaba Green; about 1 oz

CC Hand-dyed Blue from bungalowbuns.com; less than 1 oz

set US #3/3.25mm double-point needles

Fabric-wrapped hair elastic

Small metal clip

Other pattern notes from the designer: “You can use the small clips commonly found on clip-on name badges, or bulldog clips available at office supply stores.

“If you find the elastic band to be too short, simply attach it to a braid to extend the length. Some pacifiers don’t have a good spot to attach a knot. If this is the case, simply use yarn to make two longer braids to tie onto the pacifier.

“Please use caution if making for a child under three: the clip and/or hair elastic may pose a choking hazard if removed from the tether. Secure all items with extra care to the tether if you plan to use this with a child.”