I train roller derby here in Kotka (shoutout to Kotham City Rollers, whoop!). Apparently (correct me if I'm wrong), the black plastic parts in knee pads are frowned upon by the people who rent us the spaces we train in. So to cover up the plastic bits some of our team mates had made their knee pads so much prettier than they first were. So I'm at the moment thinking of MAYBE putting something on mine (haven't had an idea yet), but Räsävilli (player number 314) loves all things rainbow so I immediately got an idea for her when I heard about this cover up-business. I bought the yarn in Helsinki at Lankamaailma, it is named Ville. These took a few hours since I had never done anything like this before. I used the 3,5mm needles and made a rectangular shape.
Start by casting on 30 stitches, or if yours are a different size, eyeball what is better. Your aim is to make a rectangular that is slightly bigger than the plastic part it covers. But do keep in mind that knit stretches a bit, so don't be intimitaded!
When you have your cast on stitches, just start knitting. I knitted the first row, then purled. So I just made the basic patent knit. Knit one row, purl one row, knit one row etc. Until the rectangular I was making reached a bit over the plastic part.
Here's me demonstrating how the knit goes just a little over the edges of the plastic. Remember to leave a long tail to your knit, so you can sew it onto the plastic using that! If you didn't leave a long tail, that's OK too. :) Then put the tail of the yarn into a needle and start weaving it into the knitted piece from all edges. The image below is the knitted rectangular and the dotted line is sort of how you should stitch it up along the edges. Try to go as close to the edge as you can.
After you have stitched all around the knitted piece, mount it onto the plastic piece. Now you just have to pull on the yarn you have your needle on, and when it creates tension, the edges will curl up nicely under the plastic part of the knee pads.
Next I will try to make similar adornments for my own knee pads. The are a bit different, but the plastic part is attatched with velcro, so they MIGHT be easier to DIY. We'll see!
Thank you for stopping by, remember to DIY! :)