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Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's Time To Knit! Knitted Clock Pattern

When I couldn't find the perfect wall clock anywhere, I decided to knit my own! Thank you to all of the Ravelers who requested this pattern - here you go! Please pardon the pattern slang -- if you don't understand something, please leave a comment.

Knitted Wall Clock
Yarn: Fingering-weight (sock yarn) in three colors: MC, CC1, and CC2 (shown in photo: ShiBui Knits Sock)
Needles: US Size 1 (40" circulars for Magic Loop or DPNs)
Scissors, tapestry needle
Purchased clock parts (find at Michael's, ~ $7.00)
A flat piece of cardboard, cut into a 7.5-inch-diameter circle
A flat piece of cardboard, cut into a 1/2-inch ring with an inner diameter of 7.5 inches and an outer diameter of 8.5 inches
Nail polish or paint to match CC2. 
Fabric glue.

Finished size: 8.5 inches in diameter

Notes: The numbers are duplicate-stitched on. Use a DARKER color for the numbers, and a light color for the background.

Pattern instructions: Using MC and working back-and-forth following the chart below, knit a flat circle. Slip the 1st st of each row to leave a smoother edge. Do a YO, K2TOG right in the middle of the chart to put the clock part through (this is not on the chart).

Increase stitches to follow the chart by casting on the additional stitches at the beginning or end of each row (however you prefer). When it's time to decrease the number of stitches at the top of the circle, bind off the specified number of stitches at the beginning of each row.

After you create the circle (the "blank" face of the clock), pick up and knit all around the circle, and using Magic Loop, work in St St for a few rounds. Cut a long tail and thread it through all the live sts, so you can cinch the fabric over a circular piece of cardboard.

Using CC1, duplicate stitch the numbers on. Don't weave in ANY tails. They'll be hidden.
Block the clock face and put it on the round cardboard, cinching the tail tight. Tie off.

Using CC2 and Magic Loop or DPNs, CO 12 sts and work in St st in the round for 22-24 inches (however far it is around the cardboard ring). Cut the ring cardboard ring and slide the tube onto it. Tape the ring shut and using a tapestry needle, use the tail of yarn to graft the sts on the needles to the CO edge of the knitted ring.

Using fabric glue, attach the knitted border to the edge of the clock face.

Using nail polish or paint to match CC2, paint the purchased clock hands. Paint with white nail polish first, if you think it will help the CC show up better.

Assemble clock movement and insert batteries.
Hang on wall.

Be awesome!

Knitted Clock Chart -
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  1. Wo! I love this. I have a clock in my craft room but I may have to knit this one just because. And using nail polish as paint...brilliant!!
    Thanks for the great freebie and inspiration,

  2. Very inventive! Thanks for sharing. I've been looking for the "right clock" for a while. Never thought to knit one. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I love this...not the one I was looking for but still awesome non the less :)