Stash Busting……… method.

After many, many years of knitting by hand and machine, I have collected yards and yards of yarn. Maybe more like miles and miles. This past year, I focused on knitting small amounts. Random yarns, 100 gm to 200 gm or so balls. The hats and scarves pile up. Some knit by hand, others by knitting machine.

Cone yarns, most of them will make up into bigger projects. In the distant past, when I was designing and making up collections of garments, it was prudent to by large quantities, (read lbs) in order to have enough to experiment and not run out. In time they accumulated. Yarn for the most part, doesn’t go bad. It is the fashion colours that change from year to year……….

My PROJECT, this time is using multistrands of yarn and colour combinations and textures. This produced a thick yarn and is meant to be knitted on large dia (10mm) knitting needles. I’ve been knitting it straight off the cones. A designated knitting chair was chosen, the Seed stitch, and onto the cast-on of 51 stitches.

E The project is moving along nicely. SEED stitch (k1p1) is producing a nice tweedy fabric. Ironically, the tweedy colours will suit my home decor.

At this point I haven’t decided the final outcome. A bath mat, or a wall hanging, or an afghan/throw………or what………stay tuned for the finale, I will post a picture.



A felted piece of yardage hung around my Studio for ages. Initially, it was knit for a purse/bag, but didn’t quite cut it. Then, it lay on the seat my knitting chair. It was nice and warm! The fabric on back of the chair was starting to look very tired. Every time my son visited, he said “Mom, why don’t you knit a cover for for chair?”.

Well, I finally found the perfect use for my felted yardage. The felted yardage was knit as an exercise in the use of a variety of yarns. I like the finished product.



Measure the size of the chair back and add 1″ for seaming.

Cut out the shape according to the measurements

I seamed 2 sides on my sewing machine and tried it on to decide how much to curve the corners. The try-on also showed me how much more to seam for a snug fit. The bottom was whip stitched by hand to secure.

Playing with Yarn……SEED STITCH Double Ring Cowl


The colours of this yarn enticed me. It has a nice sheen. I loved them all, but in the end selected 4. This is a yarn that was produced for those frilly scarves that have been so popular. On the ball it appears as a super chunky or roving type yarn.

After I played  with it for some time, I knitted a “Double wrap” Cowl/ scarf. 6 in wide.

15mm needles,

Yarn, approx 60 metres in 200 gm ball. 100% Acrylic.

Cast on 9 stitches, KNIT in seed stitch til yarn runs out. Join ends.

SEED STITCH is………knit one stitch, purl one stitch and repeat across the row, every row. Must be on an uneven number of stitches.

Bits and Pieces……….What to do with leftover yarn.

What to do with leftovers……yarn and project leftovers. Here are 2 suggestions.


I had a leftover piece of felt and it seemed to be a good weight for potholders. Out with the scissors……easy peasy……draw on the felt and cut it out. Embellish, if you like or not.


By Guess and By Golly scarf.

The crochet scarf was 2 very different yarns. Not enough for anything by itself, but partnered, it was enough for a scarf. Chain a length and alternate each yarn, every row. It’s a “by guess and by golly” type project. Any stitch per row. Sometimes a single crochet row,  other rows a slip stitch.

I crocheted this one widthwise, hoping that I had enough yarn to fopinish the last row. If not, it is easy to unravel the last row.

BIAS LACE SCARF…….for machine knitters


This scarf was machine knitted from an 80 gram skein of identified handspun yarn. It was knitted on the mid-gauge Studio/Silver-Reed SK860 using a handmanipulated lace stitch and stockinette stitch.

One side has a rib like look to it, the other a lace.b

I chose 6 rows of handknit garter stitch to start and finish the ends of the scarf.

BIASING LACE STITCH: this is a knit 2 together, yarn over ( in handknitting) lattice type stitch. The repetative left sided transfers will result in a BIAS ends on the scarf.

Working over an ODD number stitches. i.e. 17-0-18 .

Working from the right hand side of the needlebed, EON transfer one stitch onto its left sided neighbour stitch. NOTE: keep the empty needle in working position. On the transfer row, always move the stitch to the left.

*Knit 2rows. Repeat for a total of 40 rows.

TIP: pull needles out to “D” position, to ensure that the stitches knit through.


Knit 10 rows.*

Continue for your desired length, ending with the 40 row lace segment.

Roll up the scarf……….

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When knitting a scarf, I found that as the scarf grew, it was getting heavy and in the way of efficient knitting.

I decided to roll up the scarf and secure it with the safety pin type stitch markers. One on each side. This kept the scarf in my lap as I knit and easy to turn for the next the row.

Machine knitters can also do this to keep the length from getting tangled in our feet as we work.


Knitted Mastectomy Prosthesis

Our local Knit Out In Public Day, hosted by the Burlington Public Library, Burlington, ON, Canada brought out many knitters and crocheters. Among them, was a lady who brought to our attention about the need and and want of knitted breast prosthesis. The item was very soft, naturally contoured and attractive. Colour co-ordinate with undergarments or natural.

The following is a site with info about obtaining them, Pattern for knitting them, the donation of them for free distribution to others who have the need. Hand knitters version.   (For machine knitters)

Knitted Knocker Pattern

1 set of 6″ double pointed size 4.5 mm . ( tight knitters are using size 5mm) Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima


Outer P

CO 3 sts-knit 6 rows I-cord –this will be knotted for nipple. Leave about 6” tail 3
Next row –kfb every stitch 6
Divide on 3 needles – start knitting in a round 6 (2 each needle)
Round 1 –kfb, k1 (each needle) 9 ( 3 each needle)


Next round-K to last st on each needle, m1, k1 12 ( 4 each needle)
A cup-repeat 18 times or amount to equal 5” across 66 (22 each needle)
B cup-repeat 20 times 51/2” diameter 72 (24 each needle)
C cup-repeat 24 times 6” diameter 84 (28 each needle)
D cup-repeat 26 times 61/2” diameter 90 (30 each needle)
E cup-repeat 28 times 7” diameter 96 (32 each needle)
P 2 rounds
Inner Piece
Round 1-K to last 2 sts, k2tog (each needle)
Round 2-ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (each needle)
Repeat 2 rounds until 12 sts total (4 each needle)
Cut yarn (long tail) –thread tail through 12 sts. Do not tie off to allow for stuffing
Knot I-cord very tightly and stitch down for small nipple

Fill with soft high quality FiberFil used for pillows-we will stuff for you if you wantJ
While Knitted Knockers are a great “stash buster” taking only about 50 yards of yarn, we recommend Cascade Yarns’ Ultra Pima Yarn because it is 100% cotton; washable, soft and affordable. A skein of Ultra Pima sells for about $11 and will make up to 51/2 knockers and the Ultra Pima Fine sells for about $6 a skein and makes up to 3 knockers depending on the sizes you are making. If using Ultra Pima Fine, we recommend using a size 4 needle and making two sizes larger (meaning using a size D pattern you will end up with a size B knocker).
The most requested colors are the “nude” and pastel colors. If you don’t have enough of one color to finish a knocker feel free to finish the inner piece with a complimentary color using the same type of yarn. If you get bored with the flesh tones by all means make a creative, bright pair if you want. We do get requests for those tooJ. Don’t stress too much about the sizing. The most important thing is to make sure all pairs are the same size (same number of stitches). About 75% of the requests are for sizes B and C and the rest size A and D.
We realize this is not the easiest pattern being knit on double point needles but they are beautifully contoured and hold up really well. Getting past the first few rounds is the most challenging but once mastered it becomes easy, fun and a portable project taking most people about 2-3 hours to make one. If you do not want to knit the nipple just CO 3 sts and go to next row!
CO-Cast On m1-make a stitch
kfb-knit in front and back ssk-slip, slip, knit

Please mail your completed knocker to:

Knitted Knockers of Canada

115 Fiddlehead Cres.

Waterdown, Ontario L0R 2H8

Pattern courtesy of

More patterns such as the crochet pattern and magic loop pattern available for download at Knitted of the USA