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Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Condom

An easy project that makes a naughty gift! The pattern is suitable for beginners and knits up quickly in a bulky yarn. Try knitting it in a 1x1 rib, for her pleasure.

Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, K2tog

Sizes: adult s (m, l); shown in small
Finished Measurements: fits adult 22" (23", 24")

Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in st st on 6 mm
Yarn: 100g, 180 yds (160 m) bulky weight yarn
Suggested Brand: 1 ball Cicciobello Hyppo

Needles/Hooks: 6 mm 16” circular, 6 mm dpns
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


CO 55, (60, 65) sts.
Knit even in st st until hat measures approx. 8, (8.5, 9)" from CO (not from bottom of roll).

Dec Rnds:

Rnd 1: *K3, K2tog*, repeat from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 2 (and all even rnds): knit
Rnd 3: *K2, K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 5: *K1, K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 7: *K2tog, K2* repeat from * to * to end of rnd (16 sts left). See Notes below.

Knit even for 10 rnds.

Next: repeat Rnd 3.
Next: repeat Rnd 2.
Next: *K2tog, K1*, repeat to end of rnd.
BO, weave in ends.

Notes and Tips:
• The key to a good condom hat is getting the tip to girth proportions right for the reservoir tip; depending on your yarn, 16 sts for the tip may not look just right...try knitting a few rnds and see how it looks. You may need to back up and adjust the number of previous decs worked, or pick up a st or two.