I was thrilled when my Aunt told me she was bringing me some yarn but I had no idea how much. I’m excited to start thinking about things to knit or crochet. Any ideas? Comment and tell me what you think I should make!
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With a few weddings approaching quickly I headed to the store in search of a thick yarn. Lion Brand’s Homespun Thick & Quick was may choice, super bulky (6) weight and oh so soft. I did had a dilemma however as I stood in the store staring at the pile of yarn skeins . I didn’t know how much to buy. So knowing I hate running short I bought eight skeins. Yes, I bought too much because it only took three skeins to complete the blanket. And the best news, it only took about 6 hours to knit.
My inspiration for this project was Lion Brand’s pattern “6 Hour Afghan.” Instead of using 4 strands lighter weight Homespun yarn I used the super bulky weight and saved a boat load of money. Love it! Their pattern was also knitted in stockinette but I really like the way the garter stitch I used gives texture. Click here for your FREE copy of my Easy Knit Blanket Pattern.
What do you do for a quick and easy gift for wedding, graduation or birthday?
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How many of you work on multiple projects simultaneously? Sometimes that is called procrastination but in this case I worked on two afghans at the same time out of necessity (to keep me sane). Afghans take time and doing the same pattern for hours can get a bit boring, so when I got tired of one I switched to the other. The best thing is when I am done I have two projects completed!
This afghan pattern, “Woodland Circle,” is a free crochet pattern from Lion Brand and is made with their popular yarn Homespun.
For this afghan, I simply took a crochet stitch pattern and adapted it to create the afghan. I call it “Houndstooth Afghan.” The use of contrasting colors makes it very striking. You can purchase this easy pattern from Grace Elizabeth’s Etsy Shop. You get a downloadable 3 page pattern with detailed instructions, stitch guide and pictures of the completed afghan.
Summer and knitting – do they go together? Well they do if you plan on knitting something to keep cool in these hot humid summer days. Each summer I like to knit at least one item that I can wear to keep cool. This year I chose a pattern by Patons: the Sunny Days Tank. While browsing a local yarn shop I came across a lovely yarn by Louisa Harding Yarns called Merletto. Its unique texture is accented by the sheen of the viscose strand twisted with the matte linen strand. I chose Lagoon for the color. The weight is DK . I prefer knitting with worsted weight or larger for garments because I can complete a project faster. However, sometimes one has to bite the bullet and just go for it.
After making my gauge I discovered I needed to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern. I am not always very good at this but it worked and I am very happy with the fit. What I love most about the tank is the lace pattern that adds detail to the bottom.
What are you knitting this summer?
So this is a bit of a belated post. I actually completed this scarf back in January when I was too busy to post about it, but here’s the finished product!
Using the left over yarn from my other scarf (Lion Brand – Hometown USA, Los Angeles Tan), I whipped up this beautiful cowl. For this one, I experimented with the seed stitch to make this sweet texture. The seed stitch is when you knit 1 then purl 1 for an entire row and then to the opposite on the reverse side so that everywhere there was a purl stitch there is now a knit stitch and so on.
I think I cast on 22 stitches for this width and used size 15 needles. I made this scarf before I knew the kitchener stitch to make the seam invisible, so instead I just stitched the ends together with my needle and thread. You can definitely see where the ends come together, but I don’t mind.
Seeing as how it is officially spring, there will no longer be any need to make more scarves this season. But don’t worry, there’ll be plenty more next year, I’m sure.
What spring projects are you beginning?
Once again, I’ve returned to one of my passions: knitting. This time I thought I’d try an infinity scarf, which means that it is connected as a continuous loop.
This was a fun one to make because it was just so simple! I just used a rib stitch (knit, purl) as the pattern. The one challenge it posed though was the connection, but the remedy was to try out a fancy new stitch: the kitchener stitch. This stitch is used to fasten the two ends together in a way that it continues the pattern and becomes invisible. After watching the following tutorial and reading her instructions, I was able to modify it to my 1 knit, 1 purl pattern.
For my scarf I used Lion Brand Yarn – Hometown USA, super bulky weight, in Lake Tahoe Blue and size 13 needles. For the width I desired, I cast-on 18 stitches using the provisional cast-on method. This cast-on gave me live stitches in order to connect both ends using the kitchener stitch. If you do not know how to do a provincial cast-on go to the knittinghelp.com website.
You could definitely make variations of this scarf to add your own twist. Try a different weight of yarn, size of needles, or number of stitches cast-on! Then post pictures so we can see how yours turn out!
Have you ever used the kitchener stitch before? Did it give you any troubles?
I love it when people ask me what is on my knitting needles today. I usually have a couple of projects going at the same time: one large project and one small project. Socks are my typical small project, however today I have a cowl on my needles and my large project really is not on needles. It is a cardigan which is complete except sewing on the pockets, buttons and knitting the optional Festive Fur collar. Unfortunately I am not happy with the body length. It is really a jacket but seems too short even though I added an 1″ to the length. It looks great on the mannequin but God made me with a long torso. What do you think I should do? I am considering a peplum.