mystery object

Can you guess what this is?

From the sublime of my Anthropologie shopping fantasies, to, um, well, the mundane.

One of the joys of making things is, for me, the opportunity to inject a little humour and hopefully, a wee bit of style into my surroundings.

I’ve often joked about making a toilet roll cover for that spare one that sits on top of the loo, but I finally did it. In fact I got carried away and made two.

Toilet paper being the kind of object that wants to remain discreet, I opted for a shape reminiscent of the seaside changing tents you associate with the days of knitted bathing suits and peek-a-boo coyness. So my roll of TP can remain modest while staying within reach.

Here are the patterns for both versions. If you want to make a flat-top cover instead of a pointed one,  work 1 round instead of 2 between each of the increase rounds for the top.

STRIPED TENT

MATERIALS

Rowan Siena(4 ply); 1 hank each 668-beacon(A) and 666-chilli(B)

size 3.25mm[US 3] double pointed needles

3.25mm crochet hook

stitch marker

STRIPE PATTERN

In stst, work 4 rnds A,  4 rnds B. Repeat.

TENT

With A, cast on 8 sts with and join in round taking care not to twist sts.

Place a marker for beginning of the round. Working stripe pattern, increase as follows:

Rnd 1: Knit into the back of all stitches.

Rnd 2: Kfb into every stitch –16 sts.

Rnd 3 & 4: Knit

Rnd 5: *K1, kfb; repeat from * to end–24sts

Rnd 6 & 7: Knit

Rnd 8: *K2, kfb; repeat from * to end–32sts

Rnds 9 & 10: Knit

Rnd 11: *K3, kfb; repeat from * to end.–40sts

Rnds 12 & 13: Knit

Rnds 14-26: Continue as set, knitting 1 more stitch before the kfb on next and every 3rd rnd. –80sts

Rnd 27: Knit

Rnd 28: Purl .

Work straight fro 9cm [3.5″].

Purl 1 rnd. Knit 1 rnd. Purl 1 rnd. Bind off knitwise.

FINIAL

With crochet hook, ch 4.

Join in rnd with a slip st in first ch.

Rnds 1 & 2: Sc in each chain

Rnd 3: Sc twice into each sc.

Work in rnds of sc until finial measures 2.5cm [1″]

Next Rnd: *Sc in 1 sc,  skip 1 sc; repeat from * to end.

Next rnd: Sc in each sc.

Tie off and cut yarn. Thread needle and take thread through 4 scs.

Tighten and secure. Weave in 1 end and sew other end of final to the top of the tent.

HEMP TENT

MATERIALS

Hemp For Knitting Allhemp6(dk) 1 hank .

size 3.5mm[US4] double pointed needles

3.5mm crochet hook for finial

1 stitch marker

TENT

Cast on 8 sts and join in round taking care not to twist sts.

Place a marker for beginning of the round.

Rnd 1: Knit into the back of all stitches.

Rnd 2: Kfb into every stitch–16 sts.

Rnds 3 & 4: Knit

Rnd 5: *K1, kfb; repeat from * to end –24sts

Rnds 6 & 7: Knit

Rnd 8: *K2, kfb; repeat from * to end –32sts

Rnds 9 & 10: Knit

Rnd 11: *K3, kfb; repeat from * to end –40sts

Rnds 12 & 13: Knit

Continue as set, knitting 1 more stitch before the kfb on next and every 3rd round until there are 72 sts.

Rnds 14-23: Continue as set, knitting 1 more stitch before the kfb on next and each 3rd rnd. –72sts

Rnd 23: Knit

Rnd 24: Purl .

Rnd 25; *K8, p1; repeat from * to end.

Rnd 26: *P1, k8 repeat from *.

Rnd 27: K1, *p1, k8; repeat from * to last 8 sts, p1, k7.

Rnd 28: K2, *p1, k8; repeat from * to last 7 sts, p1, k6.

Rnd 29: K3, *p1, k8; repeat from * to last 6 sts, p1, k5.

Rnd 30: K4, *p1, k8; repeat from * to last 5 sts, p1, k4.

Rnd 31: K5, *p1, k8; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p1, k3.

Rnd 32: K6, *p1, k8; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p1, k2.

Rnd 33: K7, *p1, k8; repeat from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.

Repeat rnds 26 to 33 until piece measures 9cm[ 3.5″]

Purl 1 rnd.

Bind off purlwise.

FINIAL

Make as for striped tent.

9 Responses to “mystery object”

  1. Kate Bruning Says:

    Thanks Mel – your toilet roll holder is fantastic, hilarious and very very cool all at the same time. I love them. Love Kate (from greedy for colour).

  2. Kathy Says:

    This just tickles me. Just YESTERDAY I was in my bathroom thinking that I needed to make some sort of cover for the ‘spare roll’. I’ve thought about doing it for years, but everything I’d seen was too… silly looking. Little dolls with huge skirts, or fat animals, or country/crafty looking things that don’t fit my taste. Then, like a wish come true, here you are with a perfect solution!!! Great design. I will have one made in no time for myself and no doubt a few for gifts for folks! Thank you SO much for sharing this pattern with us all.

  3. bloepper Says:

    that definitely was a surprise – i haven’t seen a mysterious toilet roll in quite a long time. more mystery for the mundane!

  4. Mylyne Says:

    I first thought it was a hat, but the all too cylindrical shape changed my mind. I’m delighted with this post. :)

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    I love them! I have my spare rolls in a convenient drawer, but now I’m thinking I might have to move one to the top of the tank. (= Either that or I might need to make one of these and add a flap – turn it into a circus tent for the kids’ toys. It’s just that cute.

  6. Susan aka paintermom Says:

    Mel,

    You have such a wonderful sense of humor! I love this. I may have to start leaving the next roll out so I can have an excuse to make this! (It usually stays discreetly hidden under the lav.)

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  9. Heather Howard Says:

    What a cool idea, especially to disguise it as a seaside changing tent!Love it :)

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