Category Archives: Scarves

Gift and remnants

About 5 years ago I bought some fabric with the same design as  the old postbags used in our little country. I made two bags with them (which you can find here and here), but there was still a bit left.

So for Father’s day this year I decided to make a toilet bag for my husband.

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I started with cutting 2 rectangular pieces from the fabric, as well as 2 similar pieces for the lining. This fabric is coated, and therefore perfect for the inside of this bag.



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The zipper was sewn in between both layers.

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The boxed bag was sewn together with right fabric and lining at once. I tried to make pictures of this, but it was too hard to see anything. There are many tutorials on youtube about how to do this.

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So there it is; a boxed pouch with no raw edges!

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Something else what has been on my shelves for a long time are red fabrics my mother-in-law brought with her from India. I did make a blouse with them, but had leftovers which I didn’t really know what to do with. The fabric is very thin and slippery, almost silky. and most pieces were too small to really use; except for a patchwork infinity scarf.

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I’ve sewn the pieces together with straight lines, folded the whole piece and stitched the long side. Then it was turned right side out and both ends were sewn together, leaving a small piece to handstitch.


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Indian silk, notebooks and poppies


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The other week my husband should have gone to India for work, but because he hurt his back he had to stay at home. Of course I had asked him to look for some gorgeous indian fabrics, maybe sarees. And he passed this question on to his colleagues. So this is what I got:

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Beautiful silk fabric in wonderful colors. Both pieces are about 6 meters long, so that really is a lot of fabric. I’m going to look at both of them for a long time, before I’ll decide what to do with them.
Naturally I wanted to thank both ladies who took the effort to pick these. And of course there had to be a link to India.So I made these two notebooks with an embroidered design on the front which was inspired by Mehndi, one with a lotus and the other with a peacock.


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Since a couple of years I have been making these flower scarves, usually with tulips, bluebells, oxeye daisies, or with roses. Now someone asked me to make a scarf with lots of red flowers, including poppies. I never made poppies before, so I had to find a pattern. But there wasn’t a pattern I liked for a poppy with a stem, neccessary for a scarf like the ones I make. So I made my own.

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The poppy is crocheted with a limegreen center, it has red petals with a few black stripes. The stem is also limegreen. 

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The lady who ordered it was very happy with the scarf, and actually, so am I. So I guess I’ll be making more scarves with poppies; not yet sure in combination with which flowers.


Groetjes, Dorien



It’s a wrap!

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Not exactly the most unique title, I know, but I couldn’t resist.

Although everyone is talking about a heat wave and extreme drought for this part of the world, I finally finished this warm, cozy shawl. I started it about two years ago with only 3 stitches on the needle. The final needles counted around 1000 stitches!

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The pattern is a combination of 2 patterns by Christel Seyfarth: Caledonia Jakke and Lily Shawl. I also added a few leftover yarns from my Bird Jacket.

Again, this pattern was with a steek, which had to be cut open. Not as nerve wrekking as the first time, but still a bit scary to do.

First I stitched a zigzag on both sides of the steek, then I cut it open:

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At this point the top of the border was already knitted.

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On the right side of the shawl I used fading blues and on the wrong side of the border I used shades of red.

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Now, I long for some cold weather to wrap myself in this warm and soft shawl. (and not only because it is finally finished!).

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Putting an end to chaos

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Early November I showed the chaos on my table, and now I’m very happy to say that most of those projects have now been finished. In the picture above you see three of them. Two scarves with roses and the black cardigan.

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This is how just one scarf looks. I really don’t know how many of these I’ve made by now, but they still give me so much joy.

The cardigan is finished too; making it was not that joyful, but wearing is!

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This is what it is; just a plain, black cardigan. I can’t make it any prettier than this. But it is just perfect for me. The pattern is Weekend Walk.

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And the last finish of the lot are these two scrabble pillow covers. Because English is not my mother tongue, it isn’t too easy to play scrabble. So I see it as a kind of exercise to make these, and besides that, it is just a lot of fun.

Well, that ‘s it for now. I’m finishing a pair of mittens, but that’s for next time. Leaves me to wish you very happy holidays!

Groetjes, Dorien

Shawls and Pajamas

Hello lovely ladies! How nice of you to stop by. Today no knitting! As I mentioned last Sunday, I would show what I made with the fabrics I bought at the fabric market. The first 4 items have been finished. Sounds crazy, but they were really the most simple items one can make. First there are 2 pajama trousers for son nr. 2. They are made within 2 hours each.

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You only have to look at his fists to see how much he liked showing!

So the other trousers I photographed without him in them.

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Stars on a grey background. Sounds a little bit boring, so I added a red lining for the waistband and a couple of red buttons, just for show.

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Then I made 2 new shawls. I’m wearing a scarf/shawl every single day. In Winter they are usually made of warm woolen fabric, but in Spring and Summer I want them very light and airy. So I bought two fabrics which are very light, one with a very summery feel to it, and one with more warm colours. To make them into rectangles, I tore them. This way you are sure to make them straight. Then I used the overlock machine for a simple finish of the seams, and voila, 2 new shawls!

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18 Years ago this day, was freezing and it was very slippery. Today the sun shines abundantly and it’s a wonderful 12 degrees outside. Why I know this so exact? It’s the birthday of our oldest son. Today we celebrate his birthday, and I must admit, 18 years sounds very different than 17 years!

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Notes on a Pattern

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.

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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

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In this book you can find charts for an incredible amount of patterns, from very simple 1 and 2-row patterns

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to allover patterns

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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.

 

Groetjes, Dorien

Camping Bird

Thank you all for answering my question last week. I decided to choose the second option, but I agree with you ladies, the difference between the 2 options was quite small.
So the skirt guards have been finished and are on their way to K. I think I’m going to make another pair like this, because I really liked them and my own skirt guards need to be replaced.

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When we went on vacation this summer, I needed something ‘easy’ to knit to take with me. Although the pattern at first looked quite complicated, I decided to take it anyway, and luckily it worked out perfectly, because after the first repeat I even didn’t need the pattern anymore, it was that easy!

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The pattern is Dreambird, by Nadita Swings. All you do is knit short rows, lots and lots of short rows. But the way of knitting the first stitch is explained very well and it is very easy. So no wrapping and turning, and no holes.

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The natural coloured basic yarn is: Fortissima Socka, by Schoeller & Stahl, the selfstriping yarn I used for the feathers is: Drops Delight, colour 10.

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Simple and easy

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Sometimes all you need to make something special is a very simple design. How about a 2-round Granny-square.

Then making more of these squares, and joining them with a slip stitch either in the corner or in the middle of a side.

It is that simple! And I just love the result.

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There are 47 rows of 7 squares. The scarf measures 22 cm (8.5 inch) by 165 cm (65 inch).

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It looks as if I’ve used a huge amount of colours, but that’s just not the case. I made the scarf with leftovers Drops Delight, and because this is a selfstriping yarn, you get all these different shades.

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Colours used: 11, 14, 06, 08, 03, 05, and 02
Total weight 250 grams.

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Enjoy your weekend!

Groetjes, Dorien

It’s a wrap

Hello, how nice of you to stop by. And thank you for your comments. I always love to read them; they are a kind of bonus for blogging.

A couple of years ago, I wanted to learn how to knit with 2 strands; the Fair Isle technique. So I started a kind of sampler, using patterns from Alice Starmore’s  Book of Fair Isle Knitting.

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After a number of patterns, I knew how to knit this way, and I started to work on other projects, leaving this sampler in a dark corner of a drawer. When I started to work on my new Bird Jacket, I remembered about this sampler, and I thought it would be a good idea to finish that one first. So I knitted some patterns extra, until the length  was about 165 cm, and with the Kitchener stitch I joined top and bottom

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So, now I have this super warm infinity scarf. I used only 4 colours, (blue, green, yellow and pink), and every colour in 3 shades; light, medium and dark. This gave me more than enough options to vary, without becoming messy, but holding its balance.

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Never thought I would say this, but now I’m looking forward to a very cold winter!

Groetjes, Dorien

Busy as a Bee

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It’s hard to believe for me that it has been almost 2 weeks since my last post. Time has gone by so quickly. Lots of things going on in my family, and I just can’t share that with you. I’m sorry.

But, I was able to finish a bunch of little pumpkins. So together with the acorns from last time, I could put together a new Autumn Scarf.

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Although the idea is the same as for the Flower Scarves I made, this one takes a lot more time. Especially the acorns and pumpkins. But I’m always happy to make a scarf like this, because I just love fall colours.

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Another finish is the cowl I made for my sister.

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And something which has to stay a little secret for a few more days.

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Then something I’m quite excited about: I’ve received an order not only for a pair of skirt guards, but also for a matching basket liner and pillow for on the back of the bike! I love orders like these, which go further than the usual, and where the buyer has her own preferences. It usually takes a few messages, to make exactly clear what is wanted, but then the fun begins.

Groetjes, Dorien