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Quick Mini Yarn Parasols

May 10, 2012

Hello all,

As promised, here is the short and sweet pattern for the miniature knitted umbrellas shown in our Summer 2012 Yarn Review.

These can be made with just a small amount of yarn, and work best with fingering to sport weights. For each umbrella, you'll also need a paper drink parasol. You can find these at the supermarket in the party supply section.

Samples were made using a size 4 (3.5 mm) 36" circular needle and the magic loop method.

Umbrella:

CO 40 sts using the Picot CO. Place marker and join in the round.

Rnd 1 and all odd-numbered rnds: Knit

Rnd 2: K3, [k2tog, k6] 4 times, k2tog, k3. 35 sts rem.

Rnd 4: K3, [k2tog, k5] 4 times, k2tog, k2. 30 sts rem.

Rnd 6: K3, [k2tog, k4] 4 times, k2tog, k1. 25 sts rem.

Rnd 8: K2, [k2tog, k3] 4 times, k2tog, k1. 20 sts rem.

Rnd 10: K1 [k2tog, k2] 4 times, k2tog, k1. 15 sts rem.

Rnd 12: K1 [k2tog, k1] 4 times, k2tog. 10 sts rem.

Rnd 14: K2tog around. 5 sts rem.

Rnd 15: Knit. Break yarn leaving a tail of a few inches. Using a tapestry needle, thread tail through remaining 5 sts and pull to close almost completely. Weave in end.

Carefully peel away paper from wooden spokes of parasol. Poke white cap of parasol through center of knitting. Stretch knitting to cover wooden spokes, using picots to hide spoke points and securing with glue if desired.

These would make a great centerpiece for your next knit night or barbecue. Why not write guests' names on seashells, and use them as place cards?

For more summer knitting, check out the latest issue of Interweave Knits!

Happy crafting,


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lizbalabalo wrote
on Jul 16, 2012 3:21 PM

to MB:  there are patterns for regular size parasols.  have to search the net but i have seen them..  

auntyk55 wrote
on May 14, 2012 1:40 PM

these are very easy except for working with circular needles!!!!  I am on 30 stitches and having a heck-of-a-time trying to knit ...  this is my first time on circular needles, any hints?

on May 13, 2012 2:19 PM

thank you, I saw them in the mag and was disapointd when there wasn't a pattern. Now I can make them!!

arwilliams wrote
on May 11, 2012 10:27 AM

apologies ladies... I've made that change. I like the magic loop method for small circumference circular knitting, but feel free to use DPNs if those are more comfortable for you.

MaryC@41 wrote
on May 11, 2012 8:18 AM

What needle size should we use?

cdkim179 wrote
on May 10, 2012 4:34 PM

I'd love to give this a try.... however, I don't see a needle size and type listed.

on May 10, 2012 9:59 AM

Adorable...I actually have it in my head to knit a shade for an adult-sized parasol. I'd find a pretty umbrella with a faded cover take that off, and knit a new cover in a stretchy yarn of some sort.