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Topic: K9 tissue box holder - now with updated instructions  (Read 5927 times)
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« on: March 22, 2008 09:22:40 PM »

a friend of mine was telling me about a knitting book he had when he was young of Dr Who related crafts, but the only project he could remember out of it was a K9 tissue box holder.

i thought that about the best tissue box decoration that had ever been thought up. so i knitted one.

i made it up as i went along, but i did write out a description somewhere on how to do it if you're interested.


i found the sort of instructions on how to make it i wrote for the LJ post thei guy first appeared in. it was WAY before i figured out how to write patterns, but it might help if your looking to knit/crochet one...

i knitted the inside box first, the sides and top that would sit around the tissue box. its knit to look like circuit boards. 

thats simple rectangles, then sewn together. the top slit is easy, knit the width until you're ready to knit the slit, then knit halfway along the row, then turn and knit back to the begining, then repeat, so you're only knitting half of it until the slit is long enough. then cut the wool and go back to the short side and knit that side until theyre the same length, then knit the whole row again until you have the right size for the top of the tissue box. i know theres a special knitting word for that, but i have no idea what it is
edit: thanks to the magic that is craftster, i now know its "short rows".

then to the body - the grey side bits are trapezoids with the black stripe, and his front and back are rectangles with the black stripe. the top was a bit tricky - because you need a slit again for the tissues, but you need slopey bits for his little control panel as well, so instead of knitting that in two like the interior, you knit it in four, the two outside bits the right length to sit flat on his body, and the two inside bits with several more rows so that they will sit up because they have extra length in them.

then you need the triangles at the sides of the control panels - long thin triangles, the kind with right angles in them (again, i dont know the name) because the bottom of the triangle needs to be flat and only one side slope up to create the slope of the control panel.

the neck was easy, ribbing stitch around a thick carboard tube to hole the head up.

the head was done in stages. the visor bit was easy, red and dark red stipes. the top of the nose was another trapezoid, the front of the nose was a rectangle, the sides of the head, i dont know the name of the shape, but you can sort of see it in the pics and the back of the side of the head curved but decreasing both sides as i went. then the rest of the head was made up of a long rectangle of grey.

the red probe bit in the middle of the visor was jsut a little knitted square that i foded the corners back and sewed, which is why its so thick, and the ears, as mentioned above, were loosly knitted cirlces on bigger needles and then wrapped around a pipecleaner threaded through his head.

and his base was jsut ribbing using the same technique as the skilt, jsut on a much wider scale. then the little straps to hols the tissue box in, with buttons sewn on one side and a button hole (again utalising the slit technique) on the other.

oh, the tail is a almost rectangle, but thinner on the end, the collar is jsut another rectangle and the K9 patch was a fairly simple (once i got the hang of it) thing to work out where the white went and where the grey went to spell out K9. i know that should be on the body and not like a patch sewn on, but that was how it ended up. on the other side, theres just a white triangle instead of the letters k9. and the dog tag was the ears again, but instead of stockingette, i it was jsut plain knit stitch .

i normally sew things together as i go, so i can see how its shaping up and what size the next bit needs to be.

the only other thing is he has a bit of coathanger wire inserted one end into his head and one end into hs body through his cardboard tube neck to hold his head high

like i said, its not really a pattern, but it is sort of general instructions. if anyone makes one, be sure to post it!
« Last Edit: March 27, 2008 03:29:41 PM by sayraphim » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2008 10:13:23 PM »

Dr Who fans everywhere applaud you! I usually think tissue box cozies are tacky. This one rocks!

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2008 10:19:37 PM »

I definitely HAD to hit 'this rocks' for this project. Totally awesome!

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2008 12:40:27 AM »

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE all things Dr who! and I love your K9, nice job! David Tennant ROCKS and so do YOU! Grin
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2008 08:41:59 PM »

Thats a bit awesome! Yay for K9!!!

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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2008 10:12:31 AM »

K9!!!!  I love it and know several other Doctor Who geeks who would feel the same way.  Fantastic job!  Wink
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2008 10:55:03 AM »

That is awesome
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2008 01:05:11 PM »

Love it!

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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2008 12:41:54 AM »

I think you deserve an award.  Cheesy
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2009 06:14:48 PM »

Gosh. Thanks everybody!

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