Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Pattern: Condom Amulets
These condom amulets are fun and easy to make and they are great accessories to decorate your wardrobe and give you an easy way to help make a difference for good! Just tuck a couple of condoms into your amulet, and a couple of safe sex pamphlets into your purse, and you can give them out to anyone who asks about your amulet.
Here are a couple of sites that have PDF pamphlets you can download and print:
Less than 1 ball of worsted weight, chunky, or bulky yarn. (1 ball will make several amulets.)
Any type of yarn works. I used hemp, wool, ribbon, and novelty yarns for my amulets. If you choose a worsted weight yarn, use it double. Use chunky or bulky yarns single.
Size 9 knitting needles. Double-pointeds work great because these are so small.
Assorted beads for decoration.
Sewing needle and matching thread to attach beads.
Yarn, beads, or leather cord for strap.
Don't worry about it. These projects are so quick to make! Just start one and knit 5 or 6 rows. If it looks too small or too big, rip it out and start over!
2 or 3 inches square.
Cast on 14, 16 or 18 sts.
Work every row in double knitting as follows:
*Knit 1 st, slip 1 st as if to purl with yarn in front. Rep from * to end of row. Turn.
When amulet measures 2 to 3 inches tall (depending on how big your condom packets are), separate the front and back stitches onto separate needles.
Bind off the front stitches.
For a flap, purl one RS row on the back sts for a turning ridge.
Continue to make the flap working back and forth in garter stitch (knit every row) or stockinette stitch (knit RS rows and purl WS rows), until flap is about 1 inch long.
Tip: you can also decrease on the sides of the flap on every other row to make a pointy flap instead of a squarish flap.
Bind off and weave in ends.
Use a crochet chain, a braid, a string of beads, or a strip of leather as a strap. Sew or tie the strap onto the sides of the top opening of the amulet.
Using a needle and thread sew beads onto the amulate to decorate as desired. Attaching beads to the edge of the flap will help keep the amulet closed.