Surface Tablet Cozy

Last year was an exciting year to work at Microsoft. Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 came out, and to celebrate, Microsoft gave all of its employees Surface tablets. Not to brag, but I was one of them, and one of the first things I had to do was design and write a pattern for a Surface cozy. Naturally.

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If you recall, I already designed a cozy for another Microsoft device, the late great Zune. I still love Noro, and love showing it off, so I simply adapted the Zune cozy for the Surface. I also added a pocket for a stylus, which is a nice touch (so to speak!).

And, since I know not everyone has a Surface, I also included measurements for various other devices (iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone, Kindle, etc.) so it can be easily adapted. Aren’t I nice?

The PDF of the pattern is available here. Have fun!

Helen Neckwarmer

A couple of months ago, I spun some yarn for my friend Helen. The yarn was an odd weight, sorta-bulky and sorta-aran, and I thought she might have some trouble finding a pattern for it. So, I wrote one up!

Helen Neckwarmer
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This neckwarmer is edged in eyelets, which can be used for any arrangement of buttonholes. The body is simple alternating single and double crochet stitches. It was designed with handspun yarn in mind, but also looks striking with commercial self-striping yarn.

The pattern is available here in PDF format. Enjoy!

Noro Catherine Wheel Hat

I started on this project back in March, soon after I posted my Noro Catherine Wheel Scarf. One of the very creative people on Ravelry had created both a scarf and a set of fingerless mitts from the scarf pattern, and thought it’d be great if I wrote up a hat, too. So, here’s the hat!
Like the scarf, this hat uses a repeated Catherine Wheel stitch, and incorporates the same ruffled border for the edge. I used the same Noro Silk Garden yarn that did for the scarf.
While I completed the hat in April, I didn’t finish writing the pattern till today. Better late than never, right? It’s now available here in PDF format. Have fun!

Charted Chicken Chart

Just a few weeks ago, I made and entered this chicken in a local knitted chicken contest at Renaissance Yarns, for LYS Tour 2009. Guess what? It won! All of the chickens were so wonderful, and I really had fun. Thanks to Renaissance Yarns and everyone who voted, and congrats to our local knitters for their beautiful entries.

(Update September 2009: it also won a ribbon at the Puyallup Fair!)

Blue Sky Alpacas “Knit Chickens” pattern by Susan B. Anderson, with chart modification by yours truly

Interestingly enough, the chicken has also become quite popular on Ravelry. As of this writing, its project page has had 2600 views and it’s been favorited 831 times. I’m a bit mystified, but I’m glad people like it. There has been some interest in the chart, so, as promised, I’m now making the chart available to the public.

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The chart is for personal use only. Please do not sell the chart or finished objects based on it.


  • This is the chart for my colorwork modification to the chicken body only. For the chicken pattern itself, you must purchase the printed Blue Sky Alpacas “Knit Chickens” pattern from a store. (Update: a PDF is now available for purchase at that link.)
  • The chart is 105 stitches wide and 41 rows high, which will work with the small chicken in the Knit Chickens pattern, or any item of similar size.
  • The chart assumes that the start of the round is in the back. If you do apply this to the chicken pattern, you’ll have to knit some extra stitches to move the start of the round to the back, then move it again to its original location when you get to the neck.
  • The front and back center stitches are noted by green lines in the chart.
  • If you are knitting this in the round (as you would for the chicken pattern), you can try some jogless joins in the back as you move to each new row. It won’t line up perfectly, but it should smooth it out. Can you find the heart?
  • Some of the floats may be long, which can affect tension. You may have to experiment to keep them under control.

That’s it. If you have any questions, feel free to send them to me at ellemennop (at) live (dot) com. Enjoy!

Note to shop owners, teachers, knitalong organizers, and others:
If you want to use my chart for your activity, please do the following:

  • First credit Susan B. Anderson for the Blue Sky Alpacas pattern, with instructions or suggestions about how to buy it.
  • Then credit me, Michelle Mooney, for the charted colorwork, and link to this post to obtain the chart.
  • If you use images, I prefer that you use a picture of your own charted chicken, and include a picture of a chicken from the base pattern (BSA stock photo, if permitted, or your own).
  • If you want to use my photo, or distribute printed copies of my chart directly, please contact me at ellemennop (at) live (dot) com.
  • Any of my photos must be credited to me, and the chart must remain as-is, with notices intact.

Thanks very much!

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Noro Catherine Wheel Scarf

Over on Ravelry, I came upon on the Moonstiches Rhubarb Scarf, a gorgeous, delicate thing that I decided I had to have for myself. There was no pattern, so I felt inspired to write my own.

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The scarf uses a repeated Catherine Wheel stitch, and is bordered by ruffled semicircles. This one uses Noro Silk Garden yarn, which isn’t as fine as the Diakeito Diamusee Fine used for the Rhubarb scarf, and is 4 repeats across instead of 5. Still, I hope I captured a little bit of the spirit of the Moonstitches scarf.
The pattern is available here in PDF format. Many thanks to Moonstitches for the inspiration and permission to publish this pattern. Enjoy!
Update Feb 21: I’ve added charts to the pattern. Redownload at the above link if you want them!
Update Feb 22: Bonjour, lecteurs de Théonie! (Did I say that right?) Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!
Please send any questions or suggestions to ellemennop (at) live (dot) com. Thanks!

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Zune Cozy

Way back at Zune launch, and again when Zune 2.0 released, I knit up a bunch of Zune cozies to give away. Most of them were a super-simple pattern knit with Noro Kureyon, but they’re so quick that I did them in a bunch of different yarns.
This is the pattern I used. The cozy is worked in the round in simple stockingette. Show off your lovely yarns while protecting your Zune at the same time!
Instructions given are for Zune 80/120 (4/8/16, 30).
18 (11, 20) yards Noro Kureyon or other worsted/aran weight yarn
Set of US 7 double-pointed needles, or size to gauge
Set of US 5 double-pointed needles, or two sizes smaller than above
Tapestry needle
1" = 4.5 st
The Zune cozy is knitted in the round, top-down, starting with the opening.
On the smaller needle, cast on 26 (18, 26) stitches.
Distribute stitches over three of the same size double-pointed needles.
Work 4 rows 1×1 rib (k1, p1) around.
Working on to the larger needles, knit around.
Continue knitting stockingette around on larger needles until piece reaches approx. 4.5" (4", 5") in length, then knit 2 more rounds.
Push cast-on end through the middle of the three needles, turning the piece inside-out.
Distribute stitches onto two of the double-pointed needles, half on one needle, half on the other.
Knit the ends together using a three-needle bind off. (Knit stitches on both needles together and bind off.)
With tapestry needle, weave in ends.
Turn the cozy right side out, block (if necessary), and you’re done!
Tips and Tricks
  • If you don’t get your gauge exact, don’t worry. Your Zune is very forgiving, and knit fabrics do stretch a little.
  • There are many ways to create a Zune cozy. Try rib all the way down, try different yarns, different stitches, different edges at the top. Add embellishments. Maybe an i-cord strap!
  • The idea behind a two-sizes-smaller rib up top is so that the top closes a bit around the top of the Zune. Don’t worry too much about casting on loosely. Casting on with regular tension on the smaller needles makes for an opening that closes nicely around the Zune.
  • I sometimes do my three-needle bind off with a smaller needle, to draw the seam in a bit. You could use a kitchener stitch to close, which would leave a seamless bottom.
  • You can really use any yarn you wish. If it’s a different weight, do a quick swatch and adjust the number of stitches accordingly. Completed sizes should be around the following.
    – Zune 30: 6" round, 5" tall
    – Zune 80/120: 6" round, 4.5" tall
    – Zune 4/8/16: 4" round, 4" tall
  • Obviously, these measurements are Zune-centric, but you can adapt them to just about any electronic device.
Happy knitting, and rock on!
Questions? E-mail me: ellemennop (at) live (dot) com.