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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Traffic Cones

I originally made these up as a joke gift for my brother to set on his office desk and indicate an impending paper avalanche or projects that were in danger. Only after the fact, did it occur to me that they would be great for children to use with toy cars and trucks. I like the traditional bright orange, but these are a great, quick way to use up any of your yarn scraps.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn scraps
U.S. size 5 dpns
Tapestry needle
Polyester fiber fill

Cone: Cast-on 6 stitches and divide them on 3 dpns.
Knit 2 rounds even.
*K1, m1, knit to end of needle, repeat on each needle
Knit 2 rounds even**
Repeat from * to ** until there are 24 stitches total.
Bind off leaving a long tail to sew with.
Weave in the beginning end.

Base: Cast-on 14 stitches.
Knit in garter stitch until length of the square equals the width and bind off. Weave in ends.

Assembly: Stuff the cone with fiberfill, but not so firmly that it starts to bulge the cone. Center the cone on the bottom square and using the long tail, sew the cone to the square and weave in the end. You may want to pin the cone in place to keep it centered while you sew. I didn't.

Notes
1. I used a couple of dpns to knit the bottom too, so I didn't need another set of needles.
2. You could use any weight scrap yarn to make this, but adjust the needles to make sure you are getting a firm (tight) knit fabric, so that the stuffing doesn't poke through.
3. This pattern has not been tested, so please notify me if you find any errors. Thank you!

14 comments:

  1. We LOVE our set of traffic cones!!! They were a big hit at George's party. We had them out on display.

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  2. What a great idea, Bev. They're adorable. Congrats on your first pattern.

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  3. What a great idea!! I love those!

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  4. These cones are very cute!

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  5. What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. I just happen to have some scrap orange yarn in my stash.

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  6. My husband works in traffic, he will love these! Thanks!

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  7. My daughter loved these. She is a college student and will use them to mark her "study territory".

    Thanks so much for posting and Happy Holidays to you and your family ;)

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  8. SO CUTE! My grandson got a big floor rug with a city street map on it for Christmas, these will be great to add to the fun when he plays with his cars! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I made one of these yesterday, on size 4 dpns, since I don't have 5s.
    It didn't turn out right, and I can't quite figure out why.
    I'm going to try again, maybe I misread the instructions at some point. :)

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  10. I re-made one today, and it turned out MUCH better than my first try. I realized what I had done wrong. I misread it and didn't do the "knit two rounds even" the first time, so it ended up really rather squat.
    It turned out amazingly adorable this time, though.
    Thanks so much for the pattern.
    :)

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  11. Ohh myy! Extremely cute(: !!

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  12. Thanks for this cute idea and instructions, Beverly. I've made 1, and when I get the second done they will go in a care package to my son, who's just started his first year of college. If he doesn't share our appreciation for quirky humor, at least he will remember his off-the-wall knit-nutty mom! Lora

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  13. Thanks for this cute idea and instructions, Beverly. I've made 1, and when I get the second done they will go in a care package to my son, who's just started his first year of college. If he doesn't share our appreciation for quirky humor, at least he will remember his off-the-wall knit-nutty mom! Lora

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