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Knitted Cotton Boll Pattern

Mar 17, 2010


These knitted cotton bolls appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Interweave Knits (see Yarn Review, page 12). Worked in the round, they're a quick and easy project to make. Fill one with small candies, or add catnip or a jingle bell and sew the opening closed to make a toy for a favorite furry animal.

To change the size of the bolls, cast on a multiple of 3 stitches and follow the pattern as written, making sure to adjust the numbers of added stitches and total stitches to accommodate the number of cast-on stitches.

Materials: Any weight yarn and set of double-pointed needles in a suitable size for the yarn; tapestry needle.


CO 6 sts. Divide evenly over 3 needles (2 sts each dpn) and join in the rnd. Work 1 rep per needle as you shape boll:
Rnd 1: *K1, M1, k1; rep from * around—3 sts inc’d; 9 sts total.
Rnd 2 and all even Rnds: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K1, M1, k2; rep from * around—3 sts inc’d; 12 sts total
Rnd 5: *K1, M1, k3; rep from * around—3 sts inc’d; 15 sts total.
Rnd 7: *K1, M1, k4; rep from * around—3 sts inc’d; 18 sts total
Rnd 9: *K1, M1, k4, M1, k1; rep from * around—6 sts inc’d; 24 sts total.
Rnd 11: *K1, M1, k3, M1, k2; rep from * around—6 sts inc’d; 30 sts total.
Work 4 rnds even in St st. Dec rnd: *Ssk, knit to end of needle; rep from * 2 more times—3 sts dec’d; 21 sts rem. Rep Dec rnd every rnd 5 more times—12 sts rem. Break yarn, leaving a 12" tail. Thread yarn on tapestry needle and run through rem sts. Fill boll, if desired, and cinch tail to close hole. Weave in ends







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sue san wrote
on May 23, 2010 1:24 AM

Been spinning all sorts of cotton for a bit and your cotton boll pattern and an invitation to a charity tea party gave me an idea. There was to be a tea cosy competition!Yes! A cotton boll tea cosy! It won a certificate of achievement in the "anything goes" category. So thank you so much for your inspiration. Regards. sue san.  

Junie Moon wrote
on Apr 6, 2010 7:17 AM

These look so lovely, fresh and springlike. I have another idea for their use so I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing this project.

KnitNoir wrote
on Mar 19, 2010 8:15 AM

Easter egg cozy?

Thanks for the cute pattern!

SiameseKitty wrote
on Mar 17, 2010 7:59 PM

Cute..  thanks for including this pattern. :)