Today I am showing you a quick project I did while on holiday with yarn left over from the Saxon the City stockings: a neckwarmer!
I like small, portable projects like this to take with me when I travel. After my knitting needles were confiscated at an airport once (a set of really nice bamboo double-pointed needles) I daren't take any project in my hand luggage anymore, or I would probably have already finished this on the flight there! I did not use a pattern, since this is a really simple concept. The neckwarmer is diagonally knit in garter stitch. This means that I started at a point, then increased one stitch at each end of every right side row until I was satisfied with the width, and from that point on decreased one stitch at the start of each right side row and increased one stitch at the end of that row. Once you have the length you want, you just start decreasing on both ends of each right side row. The neckwarmer has three buttonholes. The fourth button is a fake! Here is a series of pictures showing how to button it:
This was very easy, fairly quick and the end result is both good-looking and practical! If I were to make something like this again, I would perhaps make it slightly less wide. The yarn is leftover Garnstudio DROPS Lima, a 65% Wool, 35% Alpaca DK weight yarn. I still have some more balls left over (I think the yarn requirements for the Saxon the City stockings were off! I was left with so much even though I knitted three full pattern repeats extra per stocking) so originally I had intended to do a full-length scarf. I had trouble coming up with a nice pattern, though, so in the end I went for this. I will have to see what I do with what is left now!
You may have noticed it has been very quiet around here. This is partly because of a two week vacation abroad, but mostly because I moved! The move has finally been completed and we are down to six still-packed boxes. The move has brought with it a few DIY projects, some of which I happily outsourced (like making curtains) and others which are being added to my WIP-list one at a time. The first one is to make cushions for our new chairs. Also, yet another friend has had a baby so that gift is on the WIP-list as well. And finally, I started a knitting project for myself to make the Young and pretty sweater from Susan Crawford's A Stitch in Time Vol 1. Good news: all are stash busters!
I finished some smaller project, though, which I will upload this weekend. Stay tuned!
Some time ago, one of my friends had a baby (I have not kept track of how many babies have been born in my circle of friends in the past year or two, but its a LOT) and this time, it was a girl! So I finally had a way of using up some pink yarn that was languishing in my stash by making My gift for you by Taiga Hilliard Designs:
The light pink yarn is DROPS Karisma and the dark pink is DROPS Lima. This free pattern worked up really nicely, but I did change a few things. Instead of the rib-like pattern at the end of the sleeves and hem, I used moss stitch. I also added some extra rows of garter stitch on the button band using short rows, as garter stitch is not as tall as stocking stitch. And obviously I used two colours and a random pattern for switching them. The recipient was very happy with it, and I will heartily recommend this pattern to anyone!
Hi, I'm Mina and I have a stash problem. This is my way of trying to fix it.
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