By Vickie Howell
Flowers aren’t the only way to add a pop of color to otherwise plain-Jane vases. With just a bit of yarn and an evening in front of the TV, you can whip up a craftier solution! These vase sleeves are worked up in the current pattern-craze du jour (see my Ode-to Missoni Blanket): the chevron stitch. Make them in your favorite colors, then change ’em out to fit the season… or your mood!
Stitch.Rock.Love Sheep(ish) for Caron (167 yds/153m; 30% wool/70% acrylic) in colors: (A) Yellow(ish), (C) Lime(ish) (D) Pumpkin(ish), (E) Robin’s Egg(ish), (F) Olive(ish), plus small amount of (B) White(ish)
US 8 (5mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
3 cylindrical vases measuring approx. 10″, 12 1/2″, and 15″ around, any height. (Psst! I got mine as a set from Ikea.)
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Stretches to 10″, 12 1/2″, and 15″ circumference
18 sts, 22 rows = 4″ (10cm) in St st.
dbl dec = Slip next two stitches, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over.
dbl inc = Knit 1, YO, knit 1 (all in same stitch).
K2togtbl = Knit two stitches together, through the back loops.
Chevron Stitch Pattern:
Row 1 (RS): K1, K2tog, *K4, dbl inc, K4, dbl dec; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2togtbl, K1.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat two rows for pattern.
Work in Chevron Stitch Pattern until piece measures 1 1/2″ shorter than the vase, at top point of chevron.
Note: You can play with the stripe placement as you like, or follow my choices as a guide.
Two-row stripes, using colors C & E
Tip: Always change colors on a RS row!
BO, leaving a long tail for seaming.
Weave in ends.
Wrap piece around the vase and seam shut.
About the Author:
Vickie Howell is a mother, designer, author, broadcast host, and spokesperson for Caron International. Sheep(ish), the first yarn in her Stitch.Rock.Love line for Caron, is available now in select Jo-Ann & Michaels stores, and online. For more patterns and how-to help, go to vickiehowell.com.