A nice surprise……….shawlette 

I purchased this yarn at a recent Knitters Fair. The acompanying pattern requested 12 mm needles. I didn’t have that size, but used 9mm. It was knit “Flat”. The stitch was “garter” stitch. (Knit every row). I knit until I ran out of yarn. Depth is approx 18-20 inches. Cast on 110-120 stitches.

The colours were as they came off the ball, even though it looks like 2 different colourways.

I receive many compliments while wearing it. It is Very comfortable in hot weather as it is cotton & acrylic mix.

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FREE 2 ball Garter Stitch Scarf 2017

IMG_11211 ball of self-patterning and 1 ball of solid colour. I used sock yarns and handknit a garter stitch scarf. The one on the right (green) is a self-striping.

Most interesting is the colour repetitions.

This is generic pattern. Garter Stitch
1 ball 50 gm, sock yarn, self patterning type.

1 ball 50 gm solid colour sock yarn

2.75 mm needle


METHOD

Crochet cast-on 45 st and knit 1 row.

Colour A

Row 1…..in *1st stitch, knit 1 make 1, Knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together*.

Row 2……knit across all

Colour B

CHANGE yarn to colour B and REPEAT row 1 and 2

Continue to change colours every 2 rows until yarn is almost used up, then cast off.

Wet block by gently washing, rinsing and air dry flat.

Size is approx 4.75 in x 60 in. It depends on how much yardage is the 50 gm balls.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan,

Mary Anne Cutler, 2017

Another scarfette…….garter stitch.

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HOW TO………
Any yarn using a suitable needle size. The Heavier the yarn, the finished item will be heavier.

Cast-on 3 stitches.
Knit 4 rows GARTER STITCH
Increases are every 6 rows and on one side only.
When width is achieved, cast off 1 stitch every 6 rows.

Loopy edge is achieved by increasing 4 stitches, then on next row cast-off 3 of those new stitches. (Makes an increase of on stitch. )
Decreases similar. The decrease stitch is done K2TG, before the cast-on of 4 stitches and cast-off of the 3 stitches.

More of the vintage honey comb stitch…… Pattern

I seem to never get enough of using this stitch………..another variegated yarn. Is there no end to my fascination with these yarns?

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Pattern:
Cast on as many stitches as you wish for the width. ODD number of stitches.
Suggestion:
Knit 3 garter stitch (ridges) rows

Row 1 …Move every other stitch onto its neighbour needle in 1 direction only. Knit the row.
Row 2 ….knit across.

Repeat these 2 rows.

This will produce a diagonal biasing textile.
The ends can be finished in any chosen method , or the 3 suggested garter stitch rows.

Sometimes simple is better…….

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I tripped upon this yarn and love at first sight. I loved the colouring of the “nubs”.
I sampled this and that stitch, but not really happy with any of them. Crochet was troublesome. Then, I tried plain ordinary garter stitch. It looked best, no pooling of the coloured nubs. It felt nice to the hand even though the label said MIxed Fibre, Polyester acrylic, it felt somewhat like chenille.

Method:
8mm needles and a cast on of 20 stitches. Width is 6 1/2 ” wide and 2 balls long.
Garter stitch every row.

A little TIP. I knit through the back loop of the knit stitch. It gives the stitch a little twist and holds its’ shape better.

So far, it’s looking like a scarf, but I’m not done yet. 🙂

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A scarf it became. 2 balls, 50 gm each made a 60″ scarf with 4 in of yarn leftover.
It looks great on a black coat or sweater.

Needle woven scarves

A couple of scarves that I envisioned would be a stash buster projects.

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The base is a grid to be needle woven into a fabric, Scarf sized. I was able to use a variety of random yarns among the different colours in my stash; it was still difficult to find a nice colour mix and use more than a couple of colours. Left over ribbon yarns, wool, bulky acrylics, cotton fancies. It was an interesting project.

If, of interest a have some of these scarves for sale. All, one of a kind colouring.

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Wearing a skinny scarf

A couple of pictures showing how to fold and wear a “Skinny Scarf”.
Fold into 3 sections.

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Grab the 3 rolls, at each end and then hang around the neck and fold into the ends as in the picture.

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The edges of the scarf were fluted intentionally. More, might be even better. Maybe, some beads added to the end, knitted or sewn would also be more interesting.

FREE PATTERN……..QUICK as A WINK cowl

QUICK as a WINK Cowl

TIP: If you are stash busting, and don’t think you have enough of any one yarn, add a row or two of a different yarn here and there, to extend your main yarn.

YARN: Very effective using the “Fancy” yarns. A ball or two, depending on size. It depends on how big a ball or yardage. Approx 100 gm.

METHOD: Machine knit, Handknit or Crochet.,

SIZE: variable. I drape a piece of yarn or tape measure around my neck and decide how long I want it to be. Measure and record. I knit it 6″ deep.

TOOLS: a slightly larger size crochet hook than is suggested on the yarn ball band. This is so you can pickup the bumps readily. Needle sizes as appropriate for the yarn.

I crochet a chain as long as I want. Then, turn the chain over and knit into the bump of the chain ( or hang the bump on the knitting machine needles) and proceed to knit it as high (rows) as I want and then cast off. It will be a rectangle.

Finish: Twist one end and join the short ends together. Edges can be further embellished by crochet edging.

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Mary Anne Cutler,
Yet Another Canadian Artisan

Pattern: Rough & Ready

I started with a ROUGH IDEA of what I wanted and ended up with a scarf that was interesting and READY to wear.

Knitting Machine Pattern ……….the following details are what I used, but other tuck stitches can be substituted.

MACHINE: Standard gauge, 4.5 mm or similar
PUNCHCARD #7, from the standard Silver Reed/Studio punch card set.
STITCH Dial setting, TUCK stitch for patterning, STOCKINETTE setting for plain knitting.
TENSION Dial setting #6, for any yarn that knits using that stitch setting.

Final row count approx 500 rows.

SIZE: 30 cm x 100 cm.

Method:
Cast on 40-0-40 needles, permanent cast on method. (I use the crochet cast on.)

Knit 6 rows,
PROGRAM the punchcard and carriage as per instructions for your machine . Check the operations manual for your Brand of knitting machine, if unsure.

*Part #1.
Change settings to TUCK stitch. Knit approx 50 rows,
Part #2.
Keep punch card rotating.
Change dial to STOCKINETTE, knit 6 rows. *

Repeat these two segments, BUT vary the number of TUCK stitch row count, MAINTAIN the 6 row repeats.

Example: 50 rows tuck, 6 rows stockinette, 20 rows tuck, 6 rows stockinette, 15 rows tuck, 6 rows stockinette etc.

Ending with 6 rows stockinette. Cast off.
Row count: approx 500 rows.
SECURE with a “Kilt” pin. No blocking. Let it be.

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