Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Mason-Dixon Felted Box

From Start to Finish

Begin with yarn suitable for felting. Whatever you choose should be equal to two strands of bulky weight held together. I used one strand of Caron Felt-It and three strands of White Buffalo Canadian Unspun.

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These colors look good together: Adobe and Goldenrod.

Get out your copy of Mason-Dixon Knitting and size 10 (6mm) needles. Turn to page 60 and follow the simple pattern. In just a few hours you will have knitted the whole thing.

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That didn't take long at all!

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Clever "fold lines" are the key to square construction.

Time to sew it up. You'll need a crochet hook for this part. Don't fret it though. No special knowledge of crocheting is needed. Step-by-step illustrations take you through the whole process. It's easy!

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Looks a little crooked, but it will all straighten out in the wash.

Machine wash in hot water on the lowest water level setting with a little soap and a lot of agitation. Take it out when it looks right to you. Shape and allow to air dry (this might take a day or two). Trim off excess fuzz with scissors (my preference) or a disposable razor. Fill with treasures of your choice and enjoy.

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All finished. That was fun!

This is the small box. Mine turned out to be 4" x 4" x 3". Just right for holding an assortment of Post-It Notes.

20 comments:

  1. That's really cute. It would make a nice little gift.

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  2. Hunh, as Mal would say. I have the book, but I don't remember this pattern. I might have to make myself one or more of these....very pretty.

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  3. That is SO cool! I have that book! Guess what I'm doing today instead of cleaning the house!

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  4. That little box is so cute! I'm not 'into' felting but that would be fun and useful!

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  5. That looks great! I want to make one of those, eventually! :)

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  6. That turned out really cute. I'm so glad you posted this - this is something I meant to make from that book and have just kinda forgotten about.

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  7. That is SO cute!!!!

    I love your beach pictures! It looks so warm there. Here, not so much...LOL.

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  8. I like your box. I have that book, too, and that's one of the items I thought would be fun to do. Will you do more?

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  9. That'd make a cute Easter box! :)

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  10. That is totally cute! I have been wanting to make something for my nightstand, as it scratches easily, but I want a little something to put my jewelry into when I jump into bed. This would be perfect.
    Lovely. Another thing in the queue LOL.

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  11. SockPixie9:57 PM

    Really cute, and great choice of yarns. I could definitely knit a few for my soon to be set up art studio!

    Caroline, the SockPixie

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  12. I think it is just adorable! Very sweet and fun! The color is nice too!

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  13. What a lovely box! I have never made a bowl or a box. I will have to use my scarps and see what I get.

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  14. This post makes me want to knit one. I have always just skipped over it in the book.

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  15. What a great box! I love the felted items you make. I've never felted anything (on purpose anyway LOL!).

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  16. raminthethicket1:13 PM

    That is so cute! I'd like to make a small felted bowl sometime.

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  17. Very cute. I was just looking at the M-D book the other day and thinking how functional these would be for organizing just about everything!

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  18. I love it!!!!
    Great job!!!

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  19. Hi ...may I have the pattern for this please ?

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~Tracy