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