Thursday, November 27, 2014

How to make something beautiful and warm which costs nothing but a little bit of time……


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.

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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?

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First I arranged them into groups per colour. Then I started knitting with 4 strands of yarn of 1 group (sort of).

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Keep on knitting, until the first strand ends. Join the next:

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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.

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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.

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And tadaaah!!

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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)

Final size: appr. 180 x 18 cm (72 x 7 inch)

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Groetjes, Dorien

10 comments:

liniecat said...

Fabulous effects there, it looks huggably comfy too : )

Maxine D said...

What a stunning Cowl, and who would have thought it was knitted from your scraps!!
Blessings
Maxine

nelleke markesteijn said...

Wat een superleuke col heb je gemaakt!! Toen ik las en zag dat je je garen zo in kleurgroepen had verdeeld, dacht ik eerst dat je "toverbollen" ging maken. Maar op jouw manier krijg je een lekker stoer effect en natuurlijk heel mooi van kleur!! (ook de joining van de bolletjes handig zo!!). Deze pagina ga ik maar even op Pinterest opslaan ;-).
Groetjes, Nelleke

linda said...

It's lovely a great stashbusting idea. :)

Monique Koomans said...

Geweldig, wat een prachtige col is het geworden!
Groetjes Monique

Wendy said...

what a great idea, it looks lovely. I don't have the patience to knit with so many stitches, I wonder if this would work with crochet, I'm thinking a bathmat...

Sue said...

that's stunning, makes me want to just make one, never mind the scraps!

Monique van den Berg said...

Wat een mooie kleurtjes heb je gebruikt!

Fijn weekend,
Monique

nerospost said...

Hi Dorien! Oh, this is gorgeus! Fantastic way to MIX the colours! Thank you for showing how to do it and how to continue the yarn! x Teje

Murakamari said...

This is such a great idea! I might steal it...