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.
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!