I have upcycled some old bangles by covering them with a piece of knitting, and the top one in the picture is knitted using moss stitch.
Moss stitch is a lovely textured knit, great for clothing. Because it is reversible it is also super for knitting face cloths or scarves.
If you have never tried moss stitch before, I have included a little tutorial below on how to knit this stitch.
(By the way, the pattern for the bangles above was designed for Let’s Get Crafting magazine for their free patterns page).
On an odd number of stitches ….
If you have an odd number of stitches on your row, follow this pattern to make moss stitch…
Row 1: K1, then [P1, K1] until the end of the row
Repeat this row
Every time you switch from purling a stitch to knitting a stitch, you will need to take the yarn to the back of the work To switch from knitting to purling bring the yarn to the front of the work. If bringing the yarn forward and back like this is new to you, I have a photo tutorial on how to do this here on my knitting rib patterns post.
On an even number of stitches ….
If you have an even number of stitches on your row, follow this pattern to make moss stitch….
Row 1: [K1, P1] and repeat to the end of the row
Row 2: [P1, K1] and repeat to the end of the row
Now repeat rows 1 and 2
Upcycling bangles ….
I knitted covers for some bangles using 4mm needles and a worsted weight or double knit yarn (about 25g).
To make your own, the size will depend on the jewellery you are going to cover, so you will need to do a bit of measuring.
- Cast on some stitches and knit a long rectangle.
- The cast on edge (short side of the rectangle) must be wide enough to cover the bangle.
- You will need to knit a number of rows so the piece is long enough to wrap around the outside.
- Cast off , then sew the two short ends together to make a circle of knitting
- Place the bangle inside this, and then sew the long edges together, enclosing the bangle as you sew.