Recycling……..yarn……what to do with the swatches FREE hat pattern


Below is info about a FREE hat pattern.

Swatching a yarn is a necessity to get the correct info to have an item of clothing fit the intended. This info is also useful for other items that need to be precise, for example custom sized seat cushions.

I normally keep these swatches until I have used up all of the same yarn, then unravel and reknit something out of that yarn.

In my experience, I’ve found that after knitting the item, soaked in warm water with mild soap, rinsed until water is clear and allowed the knit to air dry, the stitches even themselves. For the most part and most fibres, the response is similar, but I am sure there are others that are not as responsive.

Below is a Hat called “Paper Bag Cap” by Lisa Myers for Manos Del Uruguay, It can be found as a FREE pattern on Ravelry. It is garter stitch throughout and 4 short row segments for the crown shaping. The segments are almost invisible. This is a handknit technique that was new to me. I’ve used a different yarn and a different method of shortrowing than what was written in the pattern instructions. I used the YOT type of short row method and the yarn is Lette Lopi, 100% wool. and 60 gm for the hat.

For the video of YOT shortrow method.

Contest for those who like to enter them……..

Here is a FREE contest for those who like to enter them and who doesn’t like free. Someone, will be a winner.

Reading the entries is interesting. So many ideas…………we are bound to think, why didn’t I think of that?

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Change of Mind………free stitch pattern

Don’t we all do this? Change our minds about a project.

My Noro Sekku project was derailed. The double stranding of the lace weight yarn worked out well. The colour combinations were an exercise in colour blending? I used the yarn as it came of off The Noro ball. I didn’t pre-plan and probably should have, could have, but didn’t.

This is the resulting item. A scarf, using a mesh type stitch. 70 in. Long, 12 in wide.


Suggested Noro yarns. Sekku or Taiyo lace weight or perhaps any long length dyed coloured yarn.

STITCH pattern is a mesh type stitch. 2 strands of lace weight yarn on 4mm needles.

CAST-ON an odd number of stitches. ( 61 stitches). approx 15″ wide.
Row 1: K2, *YO, K2 together* to the remaining single stitch at end of row, K1.
Row 2: Knit
Repeat these 2 rows for this trellis/lace type pattern stitch. Note: it is biasing intentionally.

Noro lace yarn…..knitting up stash……double stranding…… Rewinding…….

Noro yarns……..knitters either love them or hate them. I sit on the fence.

I’ve been knitting up some my Stash. A Noro laceweight called Sekku. It is the same as Noro Taiyo lace. A 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon, 16% silk mix.

Single stranded, I didn’t care for my resulting item using a pattern written in one of the Noro magazines. (You can see it on the top section of the photo.)

I decided to double strand the yarn and knit a shawlette/mobius styled type item. Similar to the one pictured in the latest issue of Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2014 called Twisted-front shrug.

STITCH pattern is: 2 strands on 4mm needles

CAST-ON an odd number of stitches. ( 61 stitches). approx 15″ wide.
Row 1: K2, *YO, K2 together* to the remaining single stitch at end of row, K1.
Row 2: Knit
Repeat these 2 rows for this trellis/lace type pattern stitch. Note: it is biasing intentionally.


Rather than rewinding up the yarn from the tri angle shawl, I am pulling one strand from the shawl and one strand from the ball and knitting both together. It is working well. The colouring is a surprise as always with the Noro yarns.

When completed, I will post the finished item.


Credit where credit is due……..

KnitStyle magazine has produced a NEW format for their publication.
The April 2014, has a wonderful selection of articles about DROP STiTCH techniques and patterns supporting it. Draping type yarns, a great skirt pattern, much more. I’ve really enjoyed reading this edition. for a discounted subscription offer.

For Knitting machine users, Mary Anne Oger has produced a comprehensive article and sweater pattern. This is a garment that can be made on most knitting machines and would be lovely in many different yarns.

My hope is that this magazine will continue to present articles and patterns for Machine Knitters.




Studio/Silver Reed Yarn cutter

This is a nice little feature on some of the Standard bed knitting arms. The SK700 and the SK840 are the 2 that I am aware.

If not careful when removing or changing yarn in the feeders, you can cut the yarn unintentionally. On the other hand, it is a super feature.



This is the yarn in the cutter, not yet cut.

SWATCHES… wet wash a yarn swatch or not

I understand that at 18 or 20 bucks a ball/skein that we are all reluctant to spend the extra 20 for testing, but it is so well worth the end result.

I have found, over many years of Machine and handknitting that wet washing of my swatches, results in SUCCESS. It is better to buy an extra ball of yarn for testing. It can always unravelled and reuse for trim, a 2nd color or one ball project. Or, if lucky and you have a full ball left over from the project, it may be returned to the store for a refund or credit in a timely manner.

In my experience, it has only been the fragile Angora yarns that shed and thinned out.

Acrylics, it didn’t seem to matter unless ironed or hot dryer dried. Air dry, it didn’t seem to make any difference. They too are graded, some are better than others.

Wool, sometimes there were big gauge differences from the washed and unwashed swatch. Wool is graded and spun in many ways, this makes a difference in the end result of any project.

The Superwash wool reacts differently to regular wool. Closer to the acrylics and is dryer friendly. It needs the dryer to revert to original size.

Cottons, too have their quirks as do the other fibers used for textiles.

Mary Anne Cutler,

To embellish or not……. I did.

Some yarns and stitches, need not anything. The yarn or the stitch says it all. And then there are others. I find myself questioning the need for something to make the garment special. I know this project needs something, but what?
A simple vest knit of Noro Kureyon wool. The colours are dramatic in themselves, but something is missing in my eye.


Some hand manipulated lace is better than nothing, but it needs more.
The back view I cord is OK by me for a bit of interest there and serves a purpose.


Lastly, I-cord to the rescue, threaded it up the lace holes. One side with and the other side without.


I haven’t decided on the final finish. I know there are many who are totally enamored with this yarn, I can’t say that I am among them. It did knit nicely on the Chunky knitting machine and blocked beautifully, but I found the bits of spinning waste, floor sweepings and barn debris not to my liking.

I might mention that I had bought a full sealed bag, and in the process of knitting, I found that 2 of the balls were entirely different colour combination even though they had the same ball band and dye lots. Somebody goofed somewhere!

FINI, the I cord added some weight to the front edges. I now like the vest worn with a coloured T.