Bike Lock – Knit and Crochet
Note: This pattern uses both knit and crochet techniques. For crochet only, please see the Bike Lock – Crochet pattern.
Double point needles (appropriate gauge for your yarn)
Crochet hook (appropriate gauge for your yarn)
Plastic conduit (approx. 3.5″ circumference, 7.5″ long)
Note: The bike lock pictured uses the wire and conduit method. No poly-fil.
In black, cast on 12 stitches. Arrange the stitches evenly on double point needles. Knit in the round until the piece is 19 inches long. Cast off.
Next, create a grey contrast section at the cast off end of the black tube you just knit, using the following crochet instructions in grey yarn:
Round 1: Through front loops only (tfl) of the knitted tube’s cast off edge, [sc in the first stitch, 2 sc in the second] x5. Sc in one more stitch, then slip the last stitch of the round. (17 sts)
Round 2: sc in every stitch, through the back loops (tbl).
Rounds 3-9: sc in every stitch through both loops.
Bind off. The total length of the tube should now be roughly 20.5 inches.
In black, cast on 21 stitches.
Arrange the stitches evenly onto double point needles and continue knitting the tube until it is roughly 2.5 inches long.
Switch to grey and continue knitting the tube until its total length is 7.5 inches.
Optional: You may choose to use colorwork to knit a tag name into the main body.
Cast off leaving a tail several yards long. You will use this long tail to crochet with in the next step.
Using the long, grey cast off tail from the previous step, crochet around the cast off edge of the tube.
Round 1: Tbl, sc in first st, [sc next 2 sts tog] x10. (11 sts)
Round 2: Sc in first st, [sc next 2 sts tog] x5. (6 sts).
Bind off. With your tapestry needle, sew remaining tail through the loops of the innermost crochet circle and pull tightly to cinch closed. Any remaining tail can be stuffed inside the tube.
If you did not use colorwork to knit in a tag name, you may choose to embroider one into the main body at this time.
Stuff the main body to retain shape. Poly-fil works fine, but the finished product will have “softer,” rounder edges. For crisper edges, you can fill the main body with a piece of plastic conduit of appropriate size.
On the black end of the main body, baste through the cast on edge then pull tightly to cinch closed. (Alternatively, you may choose to repeat the steps used to crochet closed the grey end of the main body.)
Stuff the U-shape tube to retain shape. Wire works best. If using a thinner wire such as coat hanger, it is much easier to stuff the tube with poly-fil first, and then push the wire through it. Alternatively, you can use a wire thick enough to fill the U-shape without needing any poly-fil to complete the shape.
Sew the grey end of the U-shape onto the black end of the main body. If you have knit or embroidered a tag name into the main body, keep placement in mind so that your tag name can be seen when the finished piece lays flat.
Leave the black end of the U-shape detached from the main body until you are ready to install the bike lock. To install, sew the black end of the U-shape onto the main body.
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