“It’s Time to Knit!” Leftover Sock Yarn Wall Clock Pattern

When I couldn’t find the perfect wall clock anywhere, I decided to knit my own.

Thank you to all of the Ravelers who requested this pattern - here you go!

Yes, this clock really works. It’s made using a clock movement from Michael’s craft store.

You need three colors of scrap sock yarn and some nail polish or paint to paint the clock hands. The numbers are duplicate-stitched on, and you don’t have to weave in ANY ends.


Pattern Details

  • Sizes: One size
  • Finished Measurements: 8.5 inches in diameter
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering (14 wpi)

Materials

  • Yarn: Fingering-weight yarn in three colors: MC, CC1, and CC2 (Shown: Scraps of Shibui Sock)
  • Needles: 1 pair circular needles, 40-47"
  • Needle size: or size required to get gauge (7 sts/in)
  • Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle, Purchased clock parts (find at Michael’s, ~ $7.00), A flat piece of cardboard, cut into a 7.5-inch-diameter circle, A flat piece of cardboard, cut into a 1/2-inch ring with an inner diameter of 7.5 inches and an outer diameter of 8.5 inches, Nail polish or paint to match CC2, Fabric glue

Gauge

  • 7 sts/in in St st

Pattern Notes

KnitFreedom's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.

The numbers are duplicate-stitched on. Use a darker color for the numbers, and a light color for the background.

Charts

Directions

1. Knit Clock Face
Using MC and working back-and-forth following the clock chart on the following page, knit a flat circle. Slip the 1st st of each row to leave a smoother edge.
Do a YO, K2TOG right in the middle of the chart to put the clock part through (this is not on the chart).
Increase stitches to follow the chart by casting on the additional stitches at the beginning or end of each row (however you prefer).
When it’s time to decrease the number of stitches at the top of the circle, bind off the specified number of stitches at the beginning of each row.
After you create the circle (the “blank” face of the clock), pick up and knit all around the circle, and using Magic Loop, work in St St for a few rounds.
Cut a long tail and thread it through all the live sts, so you can cinch the fabric over a circular piece of cardboard.

2. Numbers
Using CC1, duplicate stitch the numbers on.

3. Finishing

Don’t weave in ANY tails. They’ll be hidden.
Block the clock face and put it on the round cardboard, cinching the tail tight. Tie off.

4. Border

Using CC2 and Magic Loop or DPNs, CO 12 sts and work in St st in the round for 22–24 inches (however far it is around the cardboard ring).
Cut the ring cardboard ring and slide the tube onto it. Tape the ring shut and using a tapestry needle, graft the sts on the needles to the CO edge of the knitted ring.

5. Assembly
Using fabric glue, attach the knitted border to the edge of the clock face.
Using nail polish or paint, paint the purchased clock hands. Paint with white nail polish first, if you think it will help the CC show up better (that’s what I did for the purple shown above).
Assemble clock movement and insert batteries.
Hang on wall.
Be awesome!

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