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Intarsia Robot Apron

Intarsia Robot Apron.

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Cleanup Cutie:

As much as some people might want to leave aprons in the past, they really are useful articles when working on projects -- cooking, cleaning, crafts, whatever -- when you don't want to get your clothes messy. And they're so easy and fun to make and personalize you might as well make yourself one, or a bunch.

This easy knitting pattern will start to get you thinking about your own ideas for knit aprons. Leave it plain, change up the stitch pattern, add a different motif to the pocket or a bigger pocket; it's all up to you.

Materials:

  • two skeins of Lily Sugar'n Cream in Ecru and one in Warm Brown, or about 130 yards of your main color and 75 yards accent color in medium-weight cotton of your choice
  • one pair size 6 US knitting needles
  • copy of the robot knitting chart
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

18 stitches and 26 rows over 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch. Gauge is not critical but you'll want a somewhat firm fabric.

Size:

Body of apron is 16 inches wide and 14 inches long. Pocket is about 6.5 inches wide and 8 inches tall. Ties are 2.5 inches wide and can be knit to length of your choice (mine are about 18 inches).

Instructions for Apron Body:

  1. In main color (ecru here), cast on 72 stitches.
  2. Work in Seed Stitch for 4 rows.
  3. Work in Stockinette Stitch, keeping first 4 and last 4 stitches in Seed Stitch, until piece measures about 13.5 inches from cast on edge.
  4. Work 4 more rows in Seed Stitch.
  5. Bind off.

Seed Stitch:

Row 1: *Knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.

Row 2: *Purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.

Knitting the Pocket:

  1. With main color, cast on 30 stitches.
  2. Work in Seed Stitch 4 rows.
  3. Switch to Stockinette Stitch, keeping first 4 and last 4 stitches in Seed Stitch, and knit until 2 inches from cast on edge.
  4. Work robot chart pattern centered on pocket, keeping edge stitches in Seed Stitch.
  5. Continue in Stockinette and Seed Stitch in main color another 1.5 inches after chart is completed, then work 4 rows in Seed Stitch.
  6. Bind off.

Knitting Ties and Finishing:

To make the ties, cast on 10 stitches in your contrast color and work in Seed Stitch until desired length (mine are 18 inches). If you want both straps to be the exact same length, use both the center and the outside strands of the ball of yarn and work both ties at the same time.

Weave in all ends. Sew the ties to the apron body; I sewed mine beginning just below the top Seed Stitch edge. Then sew the pocket where you would like it to be. I used a simple backstitch to make the pocket nice and secure.

Make It Your Own:

Here are some ideas for personalizing this project:

  • Don't add the pocket for an easy beginner project.
  • Knit in stripes or a different stitch pattern.
  • Make the pocket bigger, smaller, or add a second one.
  • Try a different motif on the pocket, such as a cupcake, a heart or another design of your choice.
  • Work the motif directly on the apron and don't add a pocket.
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