Winter Tree Cork Topper by Marie Schurk
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Winter Tree Cork Topper

Knitting
December 2016
Lion Brand mini skeins
Sport (12 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 9 rows = 1 inch
in knitting, rib stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
10 - 15 yards (9 - 14 m)
one size
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

You will need:

  • 4 Double pointed needles in U.S. 2, mm 2.75
  • One or (preferably) two yarn skeins of different colors in weight 3. I used Lion Brand’s mini skeins that I found at Joann Fabrics. This is also a great project for yarn scraps!
  • A tapestry needle to tie in tails
  • A scissors to cut yarn
  • A wine cork

Skills and Abbreviations:

  • knitting in the round with double pointed needles, simple rib stitch, incorporating color, decreasing, Kitchener stitch bind-off
  • R (round), St/s (stitches), K (knit), P (purl), SL1K (slip a stitch knit-wise), SL1P (slip a stitch purl-wise), K2TOG (knit 2 stitches together)

CAST-ON:
With a 20” tail, cast-on 24 stitches using the long-tail cast-on method then slip (transfer) to get 8 st/s onto 3 d.p. needles.

R 1-3: k through R (be sure to join in the round!)

R 4-6: kkpp through R (work this stitch up until the piece measures ½” - it took me 3 rounds)

R 7-9: k through R

R 10-12: ppkk through R

R 13: ppkk- incorporating the 2nd yarn color
-p2 (1st color), k2 (2nd color), repeat
(TIP: do not bring 2nd yarn color forward when purling, leave behind work)

Once you’ve completed R13, you may break the 1st yarn since you’ll now only be working with the 2nd yarn color.

R 14: k through R, knitting the last 2 st/s of each needle together
-k6, k2tog, repeat

R 15: k through R, slipping the last 2 st/s of each needle
-k5, SL1K, SL1P, repeat

R 16-20: cont. the same decrease in Rs 14 and 15 (for 5 rounds)

You should be left with 12 st/s.

R 21: k through R

R 22: k every 2 st/s tog

R 23: k every 2 st/s tog ONLY on 1st and 3rd needles of R
-k2tog, k1, k1, k2tog

You should be left with 4 st/s.

BIND-OFF:
Bind-off using the Kitchener stitch.

Start by breaking the yarn, leaving a 4-5” tail and transfer a st. from the middle (2nd) needle onto the 1st needle and the other onto the 3rd needle. You should have 2 st/s on 2 needles and your working yarn should be on the back needle. Tie on your tapestry needle and begin binding off!