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« on: July 12, 2006 07:38:00 AM »

i'm working on a little project and i was wondering if anyone has ever seen a pattern for a knitted padlock or old fashioned key.

something like this:

http://www.charleslocksmith.com/ALD-001.jpg


and this:



http://www.charleslocksmith.com/Colonial%20AB%20Barata.jpg


my goal is to knit them, felt them, and attach them to something else.

i could probably make it up as i went along, but if there's a pattern out there i'd love to get my hands on it

thanks for any help you can give!


**EDIT**



here is how it's looking so far.

i'm not sure i like it. . .my key and padlock look a little cartoony. . .this is all before felting, so i know it will change some afterwards. . what do you think?



**EDIT 2**

here is what my scarf looks like after MANY MANY cycles.  the yarn was from argentina so i wasn't prepared for how long it was going to take.



here is a close up of the lock and key, post-fulling.  i wasn't happy with the results so i snipped them off. . . here they are just for reference.  i think i made the right decision.



the key still looked too floppy and the lock looked too. . .cartoony?

anyway.

it occurred to me after many days of my husband watching me go through this oddysey with the chain that the REAL adornment it should have is a big, black ball.

you know.

for the Old Ball and Chain.

so anyone know how to knit and full and huge ball?

 Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2006 08:15:04 AM »

I don't know about the locks, but knitty has a chain scarf that might help you in your endeavor!
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTmarleysghost.html

Good luck and let us know if you find anything (or at least post a pattern if you end up making one!).
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2006 08:39:21 AM »

that's the scarf i'm making, actually!

my idea was to put the lock on one end and the key on the other.

*sigh*

i'll keep looking.


thanks!


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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2006 08:46:42 AM »

that's the scarf i'm making, actually!

my idea was to put the lock on one end and the key on the other.

*sigh*

i'll keep looking.


thanks!




What a great idea!
Hopefully you can figure it out and share it with the world (me).
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2006 09:37:42 AM »

that's the scarf i'm making, actually!

my idea was to put the lock on one end and the key on the other.

whoa!!!

I love that idea.  I'm also making my own interpretation of the Knitty scarf, only crocheted huge chain links, and the lock and key is so cute!

Good luck in your search . . . .
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2006 09:41:37 AM »

thanks!





and hey






don't steal my idea!


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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2006 09:45:35 AM »

Any luck with designing a lock and key?
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2006 09:50:46 AM »

not yet. . .

i figured i would find a nice super bulky wool and make the key and the loop part of the padlock out of i-cord.

it's making the padlock dimensional that's really throwing me. . .i've got no proble, shaping it, but how do i make it. . .umm. . .substantial.


does that make sense?


then i have to adjust for felting. . .and that's no picnic either.

suggestions?

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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2006 09:54:50 AM »

not yet. . .

i figured i would find a nice super bulky wool and make the key and the loop part of the padlock out of i-cord.

it's making the padlock dimensional that's really throwing me. . .i've got no proble, shaping it, but how do i make it. . .umm. . .substantial.


does that make sense?


then i have to adjust for felting. . .and that's no picnic either.

suggestions?

 Undecided

I've never felted, but I think the only advice I can offer is to play around with it and see how it felts and then make another one and see what that one does.  Maybe have a washer filled with various locks and keys? 

I keep thinking that the padlock can just be a square with your icord on top.  Maybe use intarsia to make the key hole?

Maybe put wire inside of your key to shape it?

Again, I have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about!  Undecided
Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress! 
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2006 09:57:26 AM »

Could you knit the padlock twice, felt it, and then sew them together to give it a bit of 'bulk'?
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2006 10:26:36 AM »

how about sewing buckram inside the padlock like interfacing? (heavy cotton/twill used for stiffening).  If you want it to heavy, maybe you could stuff it with rice.
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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2006 10:43:01 AM »

i thought about that. . .i could also use just plain stuffing if i wanted, but i'm going to attach the padlock before i felt, so the chain and the lock and key will all  felt at the same rate and it will be as seamless as possible. . .so whatever i stuff the padlock with had better be able to withstand the process!

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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2006 11:16:11 AM »

aha - how about stuffing with some wool scraps in the same color then? I'm going on the theory that it would all felt together and create some bulk for the inside of the padlock . .
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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2006 12:22:40 PM »

hmmm. . .scrap wool. . .surely i have enough of THAT lying around!
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« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2006 03:34:35 PM »

wowee, that's so funny i've nearly finished my marley's ghost scarf and i've been planning on doing a padlock for it ever since i saw the pattern. i've got a lightweight metal key to attach and i've already done the i cord loop of the padlock but like you, am pondering how to do the body of the padlock, however I am going to put a little clothes popper o the end of the loop so  i can open it and secure the scarf with it.that i'll give it a go after i've finished doing the whole scarf.

let us all know how you get on with the padlock and key.
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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2006 07:38:47 PM »

will do!  thanks gals.

so supportive.


we should have a Marley scarf gallery after all this!


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« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2006 02:00:21 PM »

i realized after i started this that there IS a marley scarf thread. . .from two years ago!

duh.


anyway, i posted a pic. . .work in progress. . .on my original post.  check it out.

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« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2006 06:47:24 PM »

I think it looks great -- can't wait to see what it looks like when it's felted!
More pics please!
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« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2006 04:53:22 PM »

AFTER pics on the original post.
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« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2006 08:06:38 PM »

My only idea to make the lock more substatial would be to double-knit it - which I attempted once with totally the wrong yarns and gave up immediately. The other thing I do when I'm going to felt something and I want it to have some heft is to a) use two strands and/or b) use smaller needles (by 2 or 3 sizes). That way it's pretty stiff before felting. For the keyhole, I would maybe try some needle-felting, but that's my latest passion, so I'm a bit biased.  Good luck!!
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