Needle & Extras:
Size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
16 small safety pins
Blunt-end yarn needle
4-inch-square mat board
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky 80% acrylic, 20% wool; 5 oz. (140 g); 153 yds. (140 m); bulky weight
1 ball #099 Fisherman
Lion Brand Wool-Ease 80% acrylic, 20% wool; 3 oz. (85 g); 197 yds. (180 m); worsted weight
1 ball #102 Ranch Red
With Fisherman, cast on 15 sts. Beg with purl row, work St st for 4". Bind off kwise on RS. Without touching iron to square, steam to block.
With Fisherman, cast on 61 sts. Beg and ending with a purl row, work St st to 9" from beg.
Eyelet row: K3, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2; rep three more times. Purl 1 row.
Next row: (K14, k2tog) 4 times, k1-61 sts. Cont St st to 11-1/2" from beg, ending with a RS row. Knit 1 row on WS. Bind off kwise on RS. Without touching iron to fabric, steam to block.
For the 3 center-marked single sts only: Thread blunt-end yarn needle with a long strand of Ranch Red. Make a fold so that 1 marked st protrudes. Backstitch from bottom to top, leaving Garter st border free. Repeat from rem 2 single sts.
With blunt-end yarn needle and Ranch Red, add chain-stitch embroidery as shown in the photograph on page 1. Holding first and last side sts with WS tog, use Ranch Red to backstitch Sides closed; sew top border tog with Fisherman. Join Base to Sides.
Twisted Cord: Cut 8 lengths of Ranch Red, each 2 yards long. Knot 8 cut ends tog 1/2" from each end. Loop one end over small doorknob. Insert pencil through yarn at other knotted end, pull tight, and twist as much as possible. Remove pencil. Fold twisted yarn in half. Remove from doorknob. Knot 2 knotted ends tog to prevent raveling. Thread other end through eyelets.
Pom-poms: Using a pom-pom maker and Fisherman, make two 1" pom-poms. Glue to ends of twisted cord. Insert mat board into bag.