Too wool to be cool: sleep mask tutorial
Today we’re introducing one of our German bloggers Vicki from toowooltobecool! She is an avid knitter and crocheter, and designs the sweetest patterns for us over on the German blog. Here she has translated one of her patterns into English for you!
Hi, my name is Vicky, the creative mind behind ¨too wool to be cool“ — not to mention a real maniac when it comes to knitting, crocheting, embroidery and all other things wooly. It’s a pleasure for me to welcome every single one of you to the first of hopefully many contributions to LoveKnitting. My aim is to show you knitting and crafting projects that are fast and easy to make but at the same time fun and practical.
This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make a cute sleep mask out of a wonderfully soft cotton yarn.
You will need:
Yarn: choose cotton yarn or another type of superwash fibre, so you can throw it into the washing machine every once in a while. I picked We are Knitters The Cotton Wool in Aquamarine and needed about 75meters/82 yards of yarn for one sleep mask.
Knitting needles size 5mm EU/6 UK/8 US, at least 25cm/9″ long
Measuring tape, scissors and a darning needle
About 1 ½ hours of quality knitting time – but I really relish my knitting time, so some of you might be much faster than me!
Since you’re going to need a double thread to successfully accomplish this project you can either knit two separate balls of yarn simultaneously or you can simply use the inner and the outer thread of one single skein like I did.
Now let’s go – you‘ll start with knitting the two eye parts.
Cast on 7 stitches and knit the first row – and all the other rows that are to follow because this sleep mask is truly a garter stitch project.
Pick up one stitch at the beginning and at the end of the rows 2, 4 and 6 until you’ve got a total of 13 stitches on your needles.
Knit seven more rows according to the sample (13 rows of garter stitch knitted love in total so far), cut the two knitting threads at about 15 cm/6″ and here it is: the first eye-patch of your future sleep mask.
Give your first eye-patch a little break, cast on another 7 stitches and repeat steps 1 and 2 – but please don’t cut the cord at the end of step 2 this time because you’re going to need it for…
Beginning with row 14 you’re going to connect your separate eye-patches to become one. For that both of them have to be placed on the same needle – the rest is a breeze.
You simply knit all 26 stitches one-by-one for 5 rows. This stabilises the passage between the two eye parts — easy, right?
Start off the following 4 rows by knitting together 2 stitches at the beginning of every row. Finish the front part of your sleep mask by performing a basic knit-off in the next and final row, row 23. And voilá – you’re nearly done! Just a tiny bit more to go.
To make sure your sleep mask is tight enough to stay put it’s time to prepare a proper strap.
You can either take a simple rubber band, cut it to the right length and attach it to your sleep mask’s front sides, or for a neater, more elegant approach, you can go with a knitted retaining strap. First, take a measuring tape and measure the distance from your left to your right ear around the back of your head. In my case, that is 39cm/15″ – but I’m ¨blessed¨ with a rather big head. So don’t worry if your head’s circumference turns out to be way smaller than mine. It just means less knitting for you to do!
Once you have the measurements right it’s time to cast on 5 stitches and knit until you reach the right length using garter stitch like before. I’d suggest you make sure the headband is approximately 25% shorter than whatever the measuring tape told you (for me this is about 30cm/12″). This is important because the garter-stitch has a quite flexible nature, and the strap is going to stretch a little over time anyway. No one wants to wake up and find their sleep mask hanging around their ankles!
On with the show now. Once you’ve reached the perfect length for your head, do a basic knit-off with the 5 stitches on your needle, attach the knitted band to the front part of your sleep mask by using it’s spare threads and BOOM – after sewing up all other loose threads hanging around, the basic version of your sleep mask is finished.
Feel free to add a little stability and a more high-quality look to it by grabbing your crochet hook and single crocheting your way all around your sleep mask at least once.
Slightly more experienced wool-crafters (like me!) may enjoy stitching different motifs onto the front of their sleep mask. You could also use two differently coloured yarn types for knitting or knit a darker inner and a lighter outer part and stitch them together to be one sleep mask, or you could use a total different knitting stitch or or or or… Feel free to let your creativity shine and make this sleep mask as individual as possible!
I hope you had a lot of fun with my first how-to guide here on LoveKnitting – I know I did!
Last updated: September 16th, 2016.