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Cute Cubes

  • Cute Cubes
  • Cute Cubes
If you enjoyed the necklace project in our December issue then you'll love these two variations.

These knitted necklaces designed by Luise Roberts, are an unusual way of using up the odds and ends in your yarn stash. And the great thing about them is that unlike clothing, it doesn't matter if you change the yarn weight, colours, length, or the number of beads, so you can really have some fun playing around and let your creative side loose to make the perfect necklace for you.

Pattern Instructions

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  • BASIC CUBE PATTERN

    The cubes are worked from corner to opposite corner in three stages. During stage one, three faces are created by increasing at either edge of the face; at stage two three more faces are started and a decrease is worked on either edge of the first three faces, at stage three a decrease is worked on either edge of the three faces started in stage two.

  • STAGE ONE

    Working either from existing sts or using the long tail cast on method, loosely cast on six sts.
    Arrange the sts over three needles, making sure the sts are not twisted. Join the round placing a marker at the start of the round on needle 1
    Two sts on each needle
    ? Rnd 1: k
    ? Rnd 2: *k1, Double-M1, k1; rep from * oen. Four sts oen
    ? Rnd 3: *k1, p2, k1; rep from * oen
    ? Rnd 4: *k1, (kfb) twice, k1; rep from * oen. Six sts oen
    ? Rnd 5: *k1, p until one st rem on left-hand needle, k1; rep from * oen
    ? Rnd 6: *k1, kfb, k until two sts rem on left-hand needle, kfb, k1; rep from * oen. Eight sts oen
    ? Rep the last two rnds until the distance from the cast on sts along the ridge of k sts at th end of the needles measures 2.5cm or the length of the edge knitted is equal to the width of the cube you wish to knit
    ? Rep Rnd five one more time

  • STAGE TWO

    ? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem on left-hand needle, k2tog, k1, Double-M1; rep from * oen
    Note: the number of sts oen rem the same as that on the last rnd of Stage one.
    ? Next rnd: *k1, p until three sts rem on left-hand needle, k1, place marker, p2; rep from * oen
    ? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem before stitch marker, k2tog, k1, slip st marker, (kfb) twice; rep from * oen
    ? Next rnd: *k1, p until one st rem before stitch marker, k1, slip marker, p4; rep from * oen
    ? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem before stitch marker, k2tog, k1, slip st marker, kfb, k until one st rem on left-hand needle, kfb; rep from * oen
    ? Next rnd: *k1, p until one st rem before stitch marker, k1, slip marker, p to the end of the needle; rep from * oen
    ? Rep the last two rnds until there are two purl sts before the marker oen.
    ? Next rnd: *ssk, k2tog, remove marker, kfb, k until one st rem on left-hand needle, kfb; rep from * oen
    Note: the following moves the start of the rnd one st to the left
    ? Next rnd: *k2, p to the end of the needle, k1 from the next needle, *k1, p to the end of the needle, k1 from the next needle; rep from * twice

  • STAGE THREE

    ? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem on left-hand needle, k2tog, k1; rep from * oen
    ? Next rnd: *k1, p until one st rem on left-hand needle, k1; rep from * oen
    ? Rep the last two rnds until there are two purl sts oen
    ? Next rnd: *ssk, k2tog; rep from * oen

  • NECKLACE ONE (WITH GLASS BEADS)

    [] Thread glass beads onto the yarn
    [] Stuff each cube with toy filling as desired
    [] Using 2.5mm dpn work one repeat of the Basic cube pattern.
    ? *Next rnd: k
    ? Rep the last rnd until the cord measures 1cm or the depth of the bead plus about 4mm Make a note of the number of rounds
    ? Transfer the sts onto one needle and, foll the direction of the yarn from the ball pass the needle with the sts through the bead. The bead should now be sitting on the cord just knitted
    ? Arrange the stitches over three needles, making sure the stitches are not twisted
    ? Work one repeat of the Basic cube pattern*
    ? Rep from * to * seven more times
    ? Cut the yarn 10cm from the last, thread a tapestry needle, pass the needle through the rem sts in the order they would have been worked, draw tight and fasten off. Attach the lobster clasp to the cast on end and the split ring to the cast off end

  • NECKLACE TWO (WITH WOODEN BEADS)

    ? Stuff each cube with toy filling as desired
    Using 2.5mm dpn and working around the leather thong
    ? *Work one repeat of the Basic cube pattern
    ? Cut the yarn 10cm from the last, thread a tapestry needle, pass the needle through the rem sts in the order they would have been worked, draw tight and fasten off**
    ? Thread one bead onto the thong*
    ? Rep from * to *
    ? Rep from * to **

Pattern Instructions

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BASIC CUBE PATTERN

The cubes are worked from corner to opposite corner in three stages. During stage one, three faces are created by increasing at either edge of the face; at stage two three more faces are started and a decrease is worked on either edge of the first three faces, at stage three a decrease is worked on either edge of the three faces started in stage two.

STAGE ONE

Working either from existing sts or using the long tail cast on method, loosely cast on six sts.
Arrange the sts over three needles, making sure the sts are not twisted. Join the round placing a marker at the start of the round on needle 1
Two sts on each needle
? Rnd 1: k
? Rnd 2: *k1, Double-M1, k1; rep from * oen. Four sts oen
? Rnd 3: *k1, p2, k1; rep from * oen
? Rnd 4: *k1, (kfb) twice, k1; rep from * oen. Six sts oen
? Rnd 5: *k1, p until one st rem on left-hand needle, k1; rep from * oen
? Rnd 6: *k1, kfb, k until two sts rem on left-hand needle, kfb, k1; rep from * oen. Eight sts oen
? Rep the last two rnds until the distance from the cast on sts along the ridge of k sts at th end of the needles measures 2.5cm or the length of the edge knitted is equal to the width of the cube you wish to knit
? Rep Rnd five one more time

STAGE TWO

? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem on left-hand needle, k2tog, k1, Double-M1; rep from * oen
Note: the number of sts oen rem the same as that on the last rnd of Stage one.
? Next rnd: *k1, p until three sts rem on left-hand needle, k1, place marker, p2; rep from * oen
? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem before stitch marker, k2tog, k1, slip st marker, (kfb) twice; rep from * oen
? Next rnd: *k1, p until one st rem before stitch marker, k1, slip marker, p4; rep from * oen
? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem before stitch marker, k2tog, k1, slip st marker, kfb, k until one st rem on left-hand needle, kfb; rep from * oen
? Next rnd: *k1, p until one st rem before stitch marker, k1, slip marker, p to the end of the needle; rep from * oen
? Rep the last two rnds until there are two purl sts before the marker oen.
? Next rnd: *ssk, k2tog, remove marker, kfb, k until one st rem on left-hand needle, kfb; rep from * oen
Note: the following moves the start of the rnd one st to the left
? Next rnd: *k2, p to the end of the needle, k1 from the next needle, *k1, p to the end of the needle, k1 from the next needle; rep from * twice

STAGE THREE

? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem on left-hand needle, k2tog, k1; rep from * oen
? Next rnd: *k1, p until one st rem on left-hand needle, k1; rep from * oen
? Rep the last two rnds until there are two purl sts oen
? Next rnd: *ssk, k2tog; rep from * oen

NECKLACE ONE (WITH GLASS BEADS)

[] Thread glass beads onto the yarn
[] Stuff each cube with toy filling as desired
[] Using 2.5mm dpn work one repeat of the Basic cube pattern.
? *Next rnd: k
? Rep the last rnd until the cord measures 1cm or the depth of the bead plus about 4mm Make a note of the number of rounds
? Transfer the sts onto one needle and, foll the direction of the yarn from the ball pass the needle with the sts through the bead. The bead should now be sitting on the cord just knitted
? Arrange the stitches over three needles, making sure the stitches are not twisted
? Work one repeat of the Basic cube pattern*
? Rep from * to * seven more times
? Cut the yarn 10cm from the last, thread a tapestry needle, pass the needle through the rem sts in the order they would have been worked, draw tight and fasten off. Attach the lobster clasp to the cast on end and the split ring to the cast off end

NECKLACE TWO (WITH WOODEN BEADS)

? Stuff each cube with toy filling as desired
Using 2.5mm dpn and working around the leather thong
? *Work one repeat of the Basic cube pattern
? Cut the yarn 10cm from the last, thread a tapestry needle, pass the needle through the rem sts in the order they would have been worked, draw tight and fasten off**
? Thread one bead onto the thong*
? Rep from * to *
? Rep from * to **

Cute Cubes

Pattern Instructions

View as full page >>
  • BASIC CUBE PATTERN

    The cubes are worked from corner to opposite corner in three stages. During stage one, three faces are created by increasing at either edge of the face; at stage two three more faces are started and a decrease is worked on either edge of the first three faces, at stage three a decrease is worked on either edge of the three faces started in stage two.

  • STAGE ONE

    Working either from existing sts or using the long tail cast on method, loosely cast on six sts.
    Arrange the sts over three needles, making sure the sts are not twisted. Join the round placing a marker at the start of the round on needle 1
    Two sts on each needle
    ? Rnd 1: k
    ? Rnd 2: *k1, Double-M1, k1; rep from * oen. Four sts oen
    ? Rnd 3: *k1, p2, k1; rep from * oen
    ? Rnd 4: *k1, (kfb) twice, k1; rep from * oen. Six sts oen
    ? Rnd 5: *k1, p until one st rem on left-hand needle, k1; rep from * oen
    ? Rnd 6: *k1, kfb, k until two sts rem on left-hand needle, kfb, k1; rep from * oen. Eight sts oen
    ? Rep the last two rnds until the distance from the cast on sts along the ridge of k sts at th end of the needles measures 2.5cm or the length of the edge knitted is equal to the width of the cube you wish to knit
    ? Rep Rnd five one more time

  • STAGE TWO

    ? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem on left-hand needle, k2tog, k1, Double-M1; rep from * oen
    Note: the number of sts oen rem the same as that on the last rnd of Stage one.
    ? Next rnd: *k1, p until three sts rem on left-hand needle, k1, place marker, p2; rep from * oen
    ? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem before stitch marker, k2tog, k1, slip st marker, (kfb) twice; rep from * oen
    ? Next rnd: *k1, p until one st rem before stitch marker, k1, slip marker, p4; rep from * oen
    ? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem before stitch marker, k2tog, k1, slip st marker, kfb, k until one st rem on left-hand needle, kfb; rep from * oen
    ? Next rnd: *k1, p until one st rem before stitch marker, k1, slip marker, p to the end of the needle; rep from * oen
    ? Rep the last two rnds until there are two purl sts before the marker oen.
    ? Next rnd: *ssk, k2tog, remove marker, kfb, k until one st rem on left-hand needle, kfb; rep from * oen
    Note: the following moves the start of the rnd one st to the left
    ? Next rnd: *k2, p to the end of the needle, k1 from the next needle, *k1, p to the end of the needle, k1 from the next needle; rep from * twice

  • STAGE THREE

    ? Next rnd: *k1, ssk, k until three sts rem on left-hand needle, k2tog, k1; rep from * oen
    ? Next rnd: *k1, p until one st rem on left-hand needle, k1; rep from * oen
    ? Rep the last two rnds until there are two purl sts oen
    ? Next rnd: *ssk, k2tog; rep from * oen

  • NECKLACE ONE (WITH GLASS BEADS)

    [] Thread glass beads onto the yarn
    [] Stuff each cube with toy filling as desired
    [] Using 2.5mm dpn work one repeat of the Basic cube pattern.
    ? *Next rnd: k
    ? Rep the last rnd until the cord measures 1cm or the depth of the bead plus about 4mm Make a note of the number of rounds
    ? Transfer the sts onto one needle and, foll the direction of the yarn from the ball pass the needle with the sts through the bead. The bead should now be sitting on the cord just knitted
    ? Arrange the stitches over three needles, making sure the stitches are not twisted
    ? Work one repeat of the Basic cube pattern*
    ? Rep from * to * seven more times
    ? Cut the yarn 10cm from the last, thread a tapestry needle, pass the needle through the rem sts in the order they would have been worked, draw tight and fasten off. Attach the lobster clasp to the cast on end and the split ring to the cast off end

  • NECKLACE TWO (WITH WOODEN BEADS)

    ? Stuff each cube with toy filling as desired
    Using 2.5mm dpn and working around the leather thong
    ? *Work one repeat of the Basic cube pattern
    ? Cut the yarn 10cm from the last, thread a tapestry needle, pass the needle through the rem sts in the order they would have been worked, draw tight and fasten off**
    ? Thread one bead onto the thong*
    ? Rep from * to *
    ? Rep from * to **