One of my favorite things to do is to think about leftovers and what to do with them. It is wonderful what you can do with all those little bits and pieces left in the kitchen, and I love the surprises coming out of the oven sometimes.
But also as a crafter; I have lots of boxes filled with scraps of fabric, but also with tiny little balls of yarn. Especially after knitting something with lots of different colours leaves you with lots of bits and scraps. Sometimes just a few meters, sometimes almost a whole skein.
This is what was left after knitting a Kaffe Fassett cardigan (the short version). They have been waiting in a box for a long time, because the cardigan nowadays is something I only wear at home; it has so many holes in it, it is a miracle it still keeps me warm.
So, these balls of yarn; what to do with them?
First I arranged them into groups per colour. Then I started knitting with 4 strands of yarn of 1 group (sort of).
Keep on knitting, until the first strand ends. Join the next:
This way you keep on knitting and joining new colours. I kept choosing shades from one colour until they ran out, and then started to use the next colours.
This way the colours change very gradually.
When the smallest ball left, has just enough for one more round, it is time to finish and bind off.
A very simple, nice cowl which didn’t cost anything except some time (not even that much since it is knitted on large needles!)
Details: Seed Stitch: Round 1: *k1, p1*, repeat until end, end with k1 Round 2: *p1, k1*, repeat until end, end with p1
Repeat round 1 and 2.
Cowl is knitted in the round with 199 stitches, needle 8.00 mm (US 11). Gauge: 11 st = 10 cm (4 Inch)
First an excuse: it’s been far too long since my previous post, and I never meant for that to happen. In the meantime quite a lot of people became new followers, THANK YOU!
Over the past year I’ve received quite a few questions about the Fair Isle scarf/cowl I finished a year ago.
Most people wanted to know if there was a pattern, and what colours I’ve used.
I can’t provide a pattern, because I’ve used a really wonderful book
In this book you can find charts for an incredible amount of patterns, from very simple 1 and 2-row patterns
to allover patterns
Making the scarf:
Yarn used: Stahlsche Wolle Limbo Superwash Needle: US 4 – 3.5 mm
To make the scarf very colourful, but coherent I need to tell you something about the use of colours. I used only 4 colours, (blue, green, yellow and pink), and every colour in 3 shades; light, medium and dark, and a little bit of off-white. This way there were lots of options to vary: different shades of 1 colour, contrasting, a combination of both.
The other thing I did, was the transition between patterns. After knitting a pattern, 3 round of background colour (BC) were knitted, then 1 round of the new BC, 1 round of the previous BC, 3 rounds of the new BC, then the new pattern.
Cast on 120 stitches, join in the round, place a stitchmarker and knit 3 rounds.
Now you can choose any of the patterns in the book, or any other pattern you like. You have 120 stitches, which can be devided by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 24, 40 and 60. So keeping this in mind it is the easiest to choose a pattern with a pattern-stitch-count of one of these; then you only have to repeat until the end.
If you choose a pattern with a stitch count of 7, you will have 1 stitch left in the end, but this will become the ‘fold’ in the scarf, so no problem, just knit it in the background colour.
As you can see in the picture above, I’ve used both very small patterns of only 2 or 3 rounds, but also larger ones, up to 31 rounds.
This way, I’ve knitted a scarf of 165 cm (65 Inches).
After the last pattern, I’ve knitted 3 rounds BC, 1 round of first BC, 1 round of last BC. Then to make a (infinity) cowl, bottom and top were joined using a kitchener stitch.
Hopefully these notes can help to make your own scarf/cowl.
Unbelievable, but this is my first post this month! Not much happened over here, and we are all in good health, so there’s nothing to worry about.
I’ve just been very busy for the shop; made a lot of flower scarves and a pair of skirt guards. And I guess everything has been said about those.
There were some problems with my blog though. I’ve had a lot of spam, and by deleting these messages, I accidentally deleted a comment by Aussie Maria too; I’m very sorry about this, and I hope this won’t happen again.
I’ve started to make presents for ‘Sinterklaas’, which is already within 2 weeks. Every year I want to make a handmade present for everyone, and of course every year I start far too late to really achieve that.
Talking about presents: I have one for you too. A new pattern, quite easy and I really love the look of it.
It’s an ‘Infinity Scarf’, knitted in the round. The total length is 63 inch (160 cm) and it’s about 8.5 inch (21.5 cm) wide.
The scarf has a look as if it is woven, but the only stitches used are ‘knit’ and ‘purl’.
Yarn: approximately 515 yards (470 m), DK weight. Gauge: 21 stitches in pattern = 4 inch/10 cm.
Cast on 320 stitches with circular needles 3.5 mm ( US 4 ), close the ring, make sure not to twist!
Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the row.
Border: *Knit 1 row, purl 1 row*, 3 times.
Center: Row 1 : knit all stitches Row 2-4: *knit 3 stitches, purl 5 stitches*, repeat until end of the row. Row 5: knit all stitches Row 6-8: purl 4 stitches, *knit 3 stitches, purl 5 stitches*, repeat until you have 4 stitches left, knit 3 stitches, purl 1.
Repeat row 1-8 another 7 times.
Top: *knit 1 row, purl 1 row*, 3 times.
Cast off all stitches and weave in ends.
This picture is of the ‘back’ of the scarf, and as you can see, the pattern is different, but just as beautiful.
PS voor Corrie: je hebt me een mail gestuurd ivm het bestellen van een patroon. Daarop heb ik geantwoord, maar ik krijg de mail steeds weer terug. Is er een andere manier om je te bereiken??
For the first time this year, I’m wearing my fingerless mittens when using the computer. It is still not enough to keep me really warm. But somehow my body always needs some time to get used to colder temperatures. I know it will get better in a few weeks.
Maybe you already guessed what I was making: indeed, new cowls. I’m so happy with this pattern; by knitting a lot of short rows, you obtain a wonderful pattern of waves.
This cowl is knitted with 5 different shades of red; from very dark, to bright orange.
By using a slightly self-striping yarn in grey shades, this cowl got a very warm look, without becoming boring.
Of course I’ve written the pattern, this time both in English and in Dutch! Available in my shop
A little while ago I showed you a sneak peak of something which had to stay a secret at the time. Well, not anymore.
This is what I showed and this is what it became:
This was so easy to make.
Pattern: Chain (= ch) 125 and close with slipstitch (=ss), make sure not to twist! Row 1: Ch3 and make 1double crochet (=dc) into next 3 stitches. *skip 1 st, 1dc into next 4 st*, repeat between ** until end, close with ss into 3rd of initial 3ch. (100 stitches)
Row 2: Ch3, 1dc into same stitch, * skip 1 stitch, 2dc into next st *, repeat until end, close with ss into 3rd of initial 3ch.
Row 3: Ch3, *2dc into space between clusters*, repeat until end, close with ss.
Repeat row 2 and 3, until desired height.
Last row: ch3, 1dc into every stitch, close.
For this cowl I used sock yarn in 2 colours; 1 solid and 1 variegated, hook 5.00 mm. The whole cowl was crocheted with 2 strands:
1solid + 1 variegated
1 solid + 1 variegated.
This way the pattern was ‘striped’, without the stripes being too obvious.
Hellooooo! It has been quiet up here this last week. We needed all our attention for our son and luckily it paid of. He is going back to school next week. I want to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my last post. Every comment gave us a great feeling of support and we really appreciate it.
In the meantime I’ve been working on the green version of the Sissinghurst Garden Cowl.
Again I used an effect yarn as the main colour, but this time the contrasting colour is a solid. In real it is a bit more yellow-green than the picture shows.
The effect of using different colours is incredible.
Last night I promised myself to keep awake until the pattern was finished. Especially the knitting-chart with the design was quite a challenge, but it’s done now. The pattern is available in my shop.
I will leave you for now with a picture of the desert our youngest son made last night. He made a meringue and added some cream and fruit. It was absolutely delicious.
His goal is to make all the recipes in one of Jamie Olivers cookbooks. The start of this project of his is absolutely very promising!