by Alana Dakos
Is your stand mixer feeling like a “plain Jane’’ sitting there on your countertop? Dress it up and keep the dust off with a fun Mary Engelbreit inspired cozy.
One Size. Designed to fit over a standard size Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer.
(It is a tight fit to show off your stand mixer’s curvy figure.)
[MC] Red Heart Super Saver 100%Acrylic; 364 yd/333m per 198g skein]; color: Black; #1 skein
#1 16 inch US 9 circular needle
#1 24 inch US 9 circular needle
#1 32 inch US 9 circular needle
#1 set of US 9 double pointed needles
Pompom maker (optional)
16 sts/20 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch using size US 9 needles
Kitchener’s Stitch- Thread a tapestry needle. With RS facing and holding one DPN at the front and one at the back, insert tapestry needle into first st on front needle PURLWISE. Then insert tapestry needle into first st on back needle KNITWISE. *Next, insert tapestry needle KNITWISE into first st on front needle, pull it off of the needle, and insert yarn needle into second st on front needle PURLWISE. Next, insert yarn needle PURLWISE into first st on back needle, pull the st off of the needle, and insert tapestry needle into the second st on back needle KNITWISE. Repeat from * until all sts are worked.
It is a good idea to try on your stand mixer cover as you go, this will help you to figure out if you are staying on gauge and not pulling your yarn too tight.
With [MC] black cast on 222 stitches onto size US #9, 32 inch circular needle. Place a marker and join into the round being careful not to twist your stitches.
Round 1: With [MC] black k 6 sts, leaving black yarn in the back of your work, add [CC] white and k 6 sts. Keep alternating between black and white every 6 stitches for the entire round, pulling the yarn as tight as you can every time you switch. (This produces the rippled texture. It’s really important to pull tight for the first few rounds, but you don’t have to pull as hard as you progress in the pattern.)
Rounds 2-4: Work the same as Round 1
Round 5: With [CC] k 6 sts, switch to [MC] k 6 sts.
Rounds 6-8 Work the same as Round 5
Repeat Rounds 1-8 17 times more and then Rounds 1-4 once more.
(Total of 37 Stripes, should measure approx 14 inches from cast on edge)
Start decreasing rounds and switch to smaller circular lengths when the stitches get uncomfortably tight around the needle.
Round 1: ( [CC] k 6 [MC] k1, k2tog, k3) repeat around
Round 2: Work round as set without decreasing
Round 3: ([CC] k1, k2tog, k3 [MC] k5) repeat around
Round 4: Work round as set without decreasing
Round 5: ([MC] k1, k2tog, k2 [CC] k5) repeat around
Round 6: ([MC] k4 [CC] k1, k2tog, k2) repeat around
Round 7: ([MC] k1, k2tog, k1 [CC] k4) repeat around
Round 8: ([MC] k3 [CC] k1, k2tog, k1) repeat around
Round 9: ([CC] k2tog, k1 [MC] k3) repeat around
Round 10: Work round as set without decreasing
Round 11: ([CC] k2 [MC] k2tog, k1) repeat around
(At this point you may need to transfer to DPN’s)
Round 12: Work round as set without decreasing
Round 13: ([MC] k2tog [CC] k2) repeat around
Round 14: Work round as set without decreasing
Round 15: ([MC] k1 [CC] k2tog) repeat around
Divide remaining 38 stitches evenly between 2 double pointed needles.
(19 on each for the mathematically challenged)
Kitchener stitch the remaining stitches together.
Weave in ends. Make and sew on a pompom using [CC2] if desired.