Monday, 22 August 2011

Nunchuks Away!! New Pattern

So what do you knit as a christmas present for a man who owns an armoury?
Nunchuks. Obviously.
So if you have a wannabe Ninja in your ranks, or maybe someone who needs nunchuk practise and is fed up of the bruises, knit a pair. They are so quick, takes about three hours and you are ready for anything!!!

You will need: 5mm needles (2 straight and 2dpns)
                       Black Chunky/bulky yarn
                       2 colours of grey DK wool, or one grey chunky
                       Tapestry needle

There isnt really a gauge for these, just make sure your needles are about 2 sizes too small for the yarn you are using. This is to create a tight fabric so you cant see the stuffing through the knitting.

sts- stitches
K- knit
P- Purl
kfb- knit in the front and the back of the stitch, a form of increase
st st- stocking stitch (knit a row, purl a row)
k2tog- knit two stitches together
DPN- double pointed needles, in this pattern used for I cord


Using 5mm needles, Cast on 4 sts
Row 1: kfb in all stitches (8 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Kfb in all stitches (16 sts)

St st for 7-8 inches, ending after a P row. Here is where you can add length or shorten your nunchuks depending on the size of your ninja.
Change to grey (i used 2 strands of DK held together- if you have chunky/bulky use one strand)

Next Row: K
Next Row: K
St St for 6 rows
Next Row: K2tog across row (8 sts)
Next Row: P
Next Row: K2tog across row (4 sts)

Put these stitches onto a DPN
I cord for three inches
Cast off the 4 sts.

Sew the i cord into a loop at the top of the nunchuk. Sew up the side seam of the nunchuk and then stuff. Close and you have one half of your nunchuk. Make one more.

Chain Loops (make 3)

Cast on 4 sts using DPNs
I cord for 4 inches
Cast off.

Thread through the loop and sew together. Complete all three and link together as shown in the picture.
Then hide your valuables!!!

Hope you enjoy. I have knitted this up, but it has not been tested, let me know if there are any problems.

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