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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Make Believe Crown and Ring

The other day my son said to me, "you're always knitting things for other people and nothing for me." Talk about making me feel guilty because his statement was true after all. I'm usually busy knitting up gifts for other people. So I had to come up with something a boy would like. So there you have it, the crown and ring idea. Directions are below if you want to make one.

Size US 8 needles
Size US 5 needles
tapestry needle
acrylic/lurex blend yarn

81 stitches = 16 1/2"

Crown Pattern
With US 8 needles cast on 2 stitches
Row 1: K2
Row 2 - 10: yo, knit to end
break yarn and leave stitches on the needle

Repeat this two more times, you will have 3 points (33 stitches)

For the center point
Cast on two stitches
Row 1: K2
Row 2-14: yo, knit to end
break yarn and leave stitches on the needle

Make three more points like the first three you knit
You should now have 81 stitches on your needle

Knit across all 81 stitches to join all the points together
Knit 6 more rows of garter stitch
Bind off

Using size US 5 needles and red yarn cast on one stitch
Row1: Knit in the front, back, front, back and front of the stitch. You should now have 5 stitches on your needle
Knit 4 rows of garter stitch
With LH needle, lift 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th sts over the first stitch. You now have made a bobble.
make two more bobbles

Weave in all loose threads on the back side of crown.
With a tapestry needle sew on the three bobbles (refer to picture).
Sew both ends of the piece together to make the crown shape, done

* This crown fit my 4 1/2 year old just fine.
* To make the crown bigger or smaller you can make the points bigger/smaller or you can add/subtract more points.

Here's the knit ring I mentioned in the title. I like this better than most play rings because it will stay on little fingers. It also requires the smallest amount of yarn and it's quick to knit. What more could you ask for. Directions below.

US 5 needles
Tapestry needle
gold and red acrylic/lurex blend yarn

*no gauge

Cast on 3 stitches with gold yarn.
garter stitch till desired length (a little shorter than the circumference of the child's finger)
bind off

Make one bobble with red yarn (refer to directions above)

Sew bobble to center of ring, weave in loose ends.
With tapestry needle sew the two ends of the piece together to make the ring. Done!


greetingarts said...

Ouch, kiddos sure don't hold back the truth, do they? I get the same thing from my little ones, I guess maybe we should make at least one out of every four of five projects for them, huh? Very cute crown and ring, thank you so much for sharing.

ana lilia said...

the crown and ring look great! thanks for sharing. i can't wait to try it out! my girls also make me feel guilty every time i make something and it's not for them, so i'm sure they'll love it!

Rachael Hutchings said...

Another fabulous project, as usual! You never dissappoint. I'm saving this one for when my little girl needs a princess day. :-)

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

that's really cute! I love the crown, wish i could knit like you though...

Renna said...

You come up with the neatest ideas and patterns! :-)

Anonymous said...

That is so sweet!
Nice work and well done.

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Liz said...

I'm going to have to get my mom to knit one of those up for me. My son loves princesses and wants a tiara! Those would be perfect. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

This make-believe is simply ideal royal treatment. Fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I just also knit a crown. I knit it up then felted it. I like your added extra "bling". I will have to remember it for next time. Oh, to see my crown visit www.meettheroses.blogspot.com

Anja said...

Really cute, thank you.

Oiyi said...

Aaahh...so he knows how to work the guilt trip already. Smart kid.

zakkalife said...


if you think he's bad, you should hear the two year old!

Anonymous said...

This is the best thing I have seen in a long time (since your sock sushi, that is). Your site makes me wish I was a little more crafty.
I forwarded your instructions to my mother, and I hope she will be able to make these for my little princes and princess!

Anonymous said...

Would you be interested in having this as a Tutorial of the month on etsianblogs.com? It will be a feature underneath the about page on my blog. Thanks!!! Love the pattern! :-)

zakkalife said...

Hi Amanda,

That sounds great. You're welcome to use any pictures on my site. If you could just link back to Zakka Life in your post I would appreciate it.


Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing the pattern. I made it for my very anti anything knitted daughter, who hasn't taken it off since completed. Even wearing it to the mall today.

Anonymous said...

It's so great !
I made it for my little daughter 2 years old ! and I love it !
you can see it on my blog.
I put a link to your blog !
I'm so sorry my english is so bad ! I'm French !

Lynnea B said...

love this and can't wait to make it for my granddaughter...

juliecache said...

so happy to find this. I have a crown and ring for my niece ready for gifting! Thank you for the instructions.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing these patterns! SO COOL! I have cast on for a crown for a special little girl's birthday. Hope she'll like it! I want one for ME. :-)

Niki Marinis said...

I love this! I want to make it and am looking for the right yarn. What brand yard did you use?

Caca said...

you are so good in knitting, you are knit almost anything.

Anonymous said...

Great pattern! Made it for my 3 year old granddaughter in a pink, sparkly yarn, then sewed star-shaped sequins all over. Thanks!

Jessica said...

I love your crown and posted it on my german blog: http://schoenstricken.de/2012/11/krone-stricken/
Please check if its ok for you.
Best from Berlin, Jessica

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