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Topic: Knitted Picture Frame Covers (With Instructions!)  (Read 7590 times)
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« on: March 18, 2008 04:14:31 PM »

Hi all,

It has taken me three months since I made these to get around to post pictures and instructions.  Le sigh.  Anyway, I knitted picture frame covers for my mom for xmas.  They were a pretty quick gift, and I thought other people might want to make some as well, so I have posted a knitting recipe (it isn't a pattern, as picture frames come in so many sizes that the frame covers need to be be bigger or smaller depending on your frame.)  Anyway, here goes:

The finished product:

The Knitting Recipe:

1. Pick your needles and your yarn.  I suggest going two or three needle sizes down from whatever you would normally use for that yarn, as I think these look better when they are stiff and no actual picture frame shows through.

2.  Take the following measurements of your picture frame: the perimeter of the inside edges, the length from inside corner to outside corner, the perimeter of the outside edges, and the width of the actual frame itself.  (see diagram)

2. Knit your gauge. 

3.  The key to the picture frame is an inch of negative ease (at least) all the way around (my first one came out far too loose).  So, cast on whatever number of stitches will give you an inch less both lengthwise and widthwise than the perimeter of the inside.  Put a marker between the stitches designated for each side.  For example, if the inside of my picture frame is 6 inches wide and 10 inches long, and Im getting 4 stitches per inch, I would CO 20 stitches, pm, 36 stitches, pm, 20 stitches, pm, 36 stitches, pm.  Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

4. Work 5 rounds in 1 x 1 ribbing, increasing one stitch on each side of each marker (I like to m1, but it is up to you.) 

5. Switch to stockinette stitch, and keep increasing on each side of the markers.  Knit until the length of the work where you did your increases is the same as the length from inside corner to outside corner.

6. Staying in stockinette stitch, continue to knit in the round until you have worked enough stitches after you finished increasing to cover the width of your picture frame. (dont remove your markers)  You could even do a row less here if you wanted to.

7.  Start decreasing by doing paired decreases on either side of your markers in stockinette stitch.  (k2tog before the marker, ssk afterwards.)  Because were now on the back of the frame, you can either do this until the stockinette portion of the frame cover on the back is the same length as the stockinette portion of the frame cover on the front side, or more or less. 

8.  Work 5 rounds in 1 x 1 rib, continuing the decreases.  Bind off tightly.  Weave in ends.  Put on frame.  Voila!

« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2008 04:23:06 PM »

awww i think that this is a cute idea! great! i think it could be customised in many ways!  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008 07:32:25 PM »

Aww, very cute!
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