Bubble Cube

The Bubble Cube pattern may be one of the easiest patterns ever created for the beginner knitter. I'm certain that it's been done thousands of times, but I can't find a "pattern". I know it's so easy a lot of people don't need one, but for people that are completely new to the world of knitting what is better than something tiny, in garter stitch that isn't just a square. A Bubble Cube is basically a cube shaped baseball.

Possibly a perfect first project. Scarves are too long and the second end will almost always look different as the beginner improves. Even a dishcloth can be a huge undertaking, not to mention cotton isn't exactly a beginner yarn. Gauges just aren't rewarding and if you try to convince someone it can be a blanket square you'll be amazed how quickly they get distracted.

It's an ideal learning project because you have to make two peices, you can practice casting on and casting off multiple times.

  • Yarn (Learners suggestions: acrylic is cheap and easy to learn with, wool is also nice but you might want to save it and not use it for a first project. Weights that would be appropriate are Double Knit and Worsted, Sport and anything in between will probably be all right. Nothing too fine and probably nothing too big as you want to be able to see your stitches.)
  • Needles (If you're learning 4.5 to 5.5mm is probably a good range, plastic and wood are lighter than metal and you're less likely to lose stitches. It is not recommended to use needles that are the same colour as your yarn.
  • Tapestry needle to sew the two pieces together
  • A small amount of stuffing. Polyester is good but in a pinch you can use a few cotton balls.
  • Casting on.
  • Garter stitch (knit every row.)
  • Casting off.
  • You'll be making two separate pieces that are three times as long as they are with if the number of rows are just not working out, do what ever feels right, garter stitch is stretchy and hides many sins. You do however want to make the two pieces as alike as you can.
  • Sew it together however you like, over sew, blanket stitch, baseball stitch, whatever floats your boat. Don't forget to stuff it before you finish.
  • Have fun, don't get frustrated.
Cast on 10 sts.
Knit ~54 rows.
Cast off.
Make a second rectangle.
Lay out like a "T" and sew pieces together following along the edges.

For an even faster bubble cube you can use 6 stitches and knit for 25 rows or 8 stitches and knit for 41 rows.

Good luck, hopefully I'll have some more really easy projects coming out soon.
This won't take even a beginner more than a few days, an accomplished knitter could probably finish in an hour or two.


The Oregon Ball

This was a little project I came up with while on vacation in Oregon. I made it sitting by campfires with my dad, he made sure I had enough light so that I didn't blind myself.

It's based off techniques from a pattern shared by the Berroco Design Team and if you want to make one yourself, I'm about to try and tell you how.

Before you start, I suggest you use the same yarn (or at least the same type) throughout the entire project.
Sock yarn is good, it makes a nice little ball that is easy to hold on to.
Use needles that give you a tight fabric so the stuffing doesn't escape. I used five double pointed needles, but I'm sure you could just as easily use four... or a circular needle.
A tapestry needle.
A safety pin or something to mark the beginning of the last round (if you need it).

Casting on (I used long tail, not too tight), knitting in the round, picking up stitches, and decreasing (k2tog and ssk). Not too tough and so easy to remember, I'm writing this down weeks later.

  • We're using the concept that we're knitting a ball in six sections.
  • For your first picked up stitch in Verses Two to Five you'll probably want to knit the tail along with it and then knit the two strands as one stitch when you come around again. A similar technique is often used for the first stitch or more when joining in the round.
  • When picking up stitches pick them up in the middle of the 'V' such that they will interlock with the previous rows. Remember you're knitting in the opposite direction as the other squares.
  • Also, when picking up more than ten stitches, I pick up the following sets of ten on a separate needle (But I pick up the first ten with the needle that has the cast on stitches on it, except the last side.)
  • I don't put the cast on stitches on different needles until right before I join in the round and that's done as usual by slipping them all purlwise onto needles. And be careful not to twist your stitches.
  • In my head this project goes a bit like (a very repetitive) song. That is the reason for the formatting.

Now! For the original Oregon Ball.
Verse One:
Cast on forty stitches (Longtail, but you can try others... if you want.)
Divide on to needles
You can use the tail to keep track of the beginning of the round, this project is so small any markers will probably just get in the way.

Verse Two:
Cast on thirty stitches.
Pick up ten stitches (always starting at a corner) from the previous square.
Join in the round.

Verse Three:
Cast on twenty stitches.
Pick up ten stitches off the first side and then ten off the second.
Join in the round.

Verse Four:
Cast on twenty stitches.
Pick up ten stitches off the first side and then ten of the third.
Join in the round.

Verse Five:
Cast on ten stitches.
Pick up ten stitches off the fourth, ten off the first and ten off the second.
Join in the round.

Verse Six:
Pick up forty stitches. Ten off each of the exposed edges starting wherever feels easiest.
Join in the round.
Continue as usual pausing after the first two rounds to finish off whatever raw ends are exposed inside by temporarily turning it inside out. Then continue until you have 16 sts, that's a pretty good time to stuff the ball. Close it up, tie it off somehow, and thread it into the ball.

Knit two complete rounds.
Now at the beginning of the third round (k2tog, k6, ssk); repeat this three more times to complete the round. (32 sts.)
Knit a round.
Then (k2tog, k4, ssk) four times in total. (24 sts.)
Knit a round.
Then (k2tog, k2, ssk) four times in total. (16 sts.)
Knit a round.
Then (k2tog, ssk) four times in total. (8 sts.)
Now k2tog four times so there are four stitches left. (4 sts.)
Go through at four stitches with a tapestry type needle and go through the first one a second time. Thread through to back and sew end in.

Hopefully that's okay.

(2009-09-19) Final Notes: At this point I'm the only person to have knit this pattern, and I apologise for the formatting, when I previewed it, everything was in the right place and the pictures matched the pattern. I'm going to take some of the pictures out.
This pattern can be knit in one day, but you might find it easier and less frustrating if you do two sides per day for three days. I'm interested to see how the pattern works for everyone else.


This blog has been started for the purpose of knitting. Specifically posting my ideas and pattern blurbs... if anyone wants to jump on the bandwagon.

I mean no copyright infringement and if someone complains I'll take it down right away. I don't plan to make any profits of this and it's mostly for my own enjoyment.

If you've got any technical difficulties with my notes and such, let me know and if I've got my wits about me, I'll fix them up the best I can. I'm basically a nobody, but I like to play with things and try variations.

Too much love of knitting.