Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Dish cloths/Potholders

I love making things for Christmas and this year decided to make Dish cloths / Potholders to add the festive touch to the kitchen.
I bought some 100% cotton yarn and hunted for some patterns that I liked and came up with these.

Santa cloth

I used 3.5mm needles for the yarn I have and the result was this

It is large at 10 x 10 inches so great for a dish cloth and I can always use it folded for a pot holder. The red is brighter than it looks here.
The pattern is nice and easy to do and I finished it in a day so a nice quick pattern for a last minute gift. This cloth used up the full 50g ball of yarn plus a little extra from the second ball. The yarn I used was DROPS PARIS 50g 82 yards ( 75metres)

So onto the next cloth and this time a smaller one.

Snowflake cloth

I used 3.5 needles for the yarn I had as I like a dense cloth and this is the result. Yarn used was DROPS PARIS 50g ball and I used 29g of yarn.

A nice easy pattern that knits up quick I finished this one in an evening so a definite quick present. You could easily knit up three of these in different colours, add a food related gift that is homemade and you have a lovely gift. This one is 7.5 inches square.

I added loops so the cloths can be hung up. I used a 3mm crochet hook. I created a slip knot and placed it on the hook, pushed the hook through the corner of the cloth put the yarn over the hook and drew it through then did a slip stitch to secure ( if your not sure how to slip stitch this video gives you the idea of what I did to secure the yarn in the corner )  Slip Stitch
After attaching the yarn to the corner I chained 10 stitches then slip stitched  the chain to the cloth to create the loop, cut the thread and pulled it through the stitch to secure. Sew in all yarn ends and your cloth is done. Nice and easy to do and creates a loop that is not too large.


Out of the two I like the Snowflake one the best as the pattern shows up better close too. With the Santa cloth you have to be at a distance to see the face.


 


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Seafarers Mission Hat

The pattern for these hats is simple and the hat will  fit just about anyone. I made mine stripped using colours that I had so that it would go with the scarf I have made.

The pattern can be found here Hat and Muffler Pattern

The colours don't show up well but they are brighter than they look a brown, bright orange and red with black as the main colour just like the scarf I made.
So now I have a set to send off and hopefully someone will have nice warn hat and scarf to wear and all made from scrap yarn.
I am slowly getting through the stash I have but still have a lot to use up and no shortage of ideas to make things either.
Time to get the patterns out and decide what will be next on my needles.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Seafarers Mission Scarf

This scarf is a little different not in design but in colour scheme. I wanted to use up whole balls of scrap yarn so I would not end up with scraps left over. This meant I would be adding new yarn mid row and I did not want to sew in ends, this posed a problem until I found this on You Tube
Joining Yarn with a knot

Yes I know this probably goes against the grain and everyone has their own favourite way of doing things  but I really get fed up sewing in ends and decided to give this method a go. It works well and the knots are so tiny they disappear into the knitting. If I add yarn to the edge of the work I would not use this method and sew in the ends but for mid row this is fine.
Adding a new colour mid row shows the change over with the old and new colour like this
It adds interest to the scarf and uses up the complete ball of scrap yarn as well, this means the scarf has 7 different colours in it.
I knitted 2 rows black and 2 rows in the new colour throughout the scarf ending with 2 rows in black before casting off.
A simple Garter stitch scarf on 5 mm needles using 50 stitches, the scarf is just over 60 inches long.
I will wash it when I have made the hat and then post it off. The hat is easy to make as well an easy rib pattern.
This page has the link for the patterns  Seafarers Mission
I have made the scarves and hats for them before and they use up stash nicely and bright colours are welcome as well. I created stripes as I have a lot of black yarn and loads of odd balls of yarn to use up.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Stained Glass Scrap Blanket

I wanted to do something different to use up some of the odd bits of yarn I have and found this pattern in Ravelry.

Stained Glass Scrap Blanket

The pattern is nice and easy and works up well the problem is being stocking stitch the sides tend to roll. Adding the border helps but not being great at picking up stitches down the sides it still did not look right.
So I solved the problem and turned it into a cushion cover.

This is the front or back of the cushion cover. I created an envelope croched the flap edge with a nice shell pattern and used some Icord for the closure.
This is the other side of the cushion cover, by creating an envelope the pattern is now on the diagonal and personally I like it better that way.
I used a total of 304 yards of DK yarn and a fair bit of oddments of yarn so a good pattern for stash busting.

If I was to do this again I would add more stitches and knit the border in that way it would lay flat and I would not have the problem of picking up stitches.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Six Squares more

I have knitted six more sqaures and getting ready to knit something different. I have chosen squares that are a little different all easy to do and in colours that need using up.

Square 21 Tabbard
Very simple but effective a mix of orange's and yellow's with white and dusky rose.

96 Buttoned Up
Nothing could be easier a large square with a seed stitch border and a garter stitch square in the middle sewn on using the four buttons. Simple but effective.

Square 181 Solid Leaf
I like these squares a lot, the leaf stands proud of the square and looks far more complex than it is.

Square 125 Jacob's Ladder
This looks complicated but is so easy it is ridiculous a simple slip stitch pattern with two colours that are swapped every two rows. 

Square 81 Chevron Eyelets
Lacey patterns are fun to do and easy as well this one looks like mountains to me. I will make a few more lacey squares to add to the afghan and place them randomly.

Square 73 Two Edges
Yet another double decrease square I like these they are easy to do and lay nice and flat.

More stash is used up and various colours are slowly coming to an end and that is just what I want. Am I running out of stash? No there is plenty left I am just using up the smaller balls of yarn first trust me there is plenty more to use up.






Friday, October 17, 2014

Dream Pillows and Squares

I have wanted a new dream pillow for a while now but had got around to making one so I decided to get on with it and make one.

Striped Dream Pillow
All I did was knit a large square by casting on 50 stitches on 5mm needles and changed colours every two rows keeping white as the main colour and adding new colours as I knitted. I chose garter stitch as it creates a flat piece of work.
I created the pillow by folding the corners into the middle of the square and sewing the seams leaving one seam open. This will allow me to add the filler and the lavender. To close the opening I added plaited yarn that I tied into bows.

Envelope Dream Pillow
This Dream Pillow was created from a square that turned out too large for my project I used the wrong needle size by mistake. This time I folded the square so that it formed and envelope  using the blue as the envelope flap. Then I plaited some yarn and attached it to the point so that it was looped and the two ends pulled through the loop to secure it. I also added a plaited ring to the bottom of the square so that it closes by tying the two plaited strands into the ring.
My Husband says the tie looks like a long armed person with very short legs, that was not the plan but it does look a bit like a person I suppose. Again the stuffing can be added with the scent I want to the pillow.

With both of the Dream Pillows I will add the stuffing to a simple cotton pocket so that I can refresh the Lavender when I need to. Dream pillows go under your pillow on the bed or inside the pillow case and can be filled with Lavender or Rose Petals and even dried Hops. Lavender and Hops are good for relaxing and Roses always go well with Lavender.

No wasting knitted squares that turn out too large I can now make something from them like a Dream Pillow.

New Squares
So onto the new squares that I have made for the afghan that I will eventually complete. I say eventually as I get fed up knitting squares and make something else for a while and go back to the squares again.
Square 62 Interwoven
I love this it is so easy to do and looks really nice in a lighter colour, for this one I chose a soft light brown and used 4.5cm needles to get correct size. Some times I end up having to leave the last section of the pattern as the square is the correct size before that. So this was created repeating the the pattern as described  Repeat Rows 1-8 four more times ending with  Row 8. The last section Repeat Rows 1-6 once again was not needed as it was large enough, had I continued it would have been too large.

Square 145 Corner Square
This is yet another double decrease square with colour changes and I love making them it is such an easy pattern with endless possibilities for colour changes. This one needed 4mm needles to get the right size.

Square 129 titled Purple Haze
Okay not purple but a mix of greens, blue and yellow but it worked. Knitted using 4mm needles, I have found that you need to keep changing needle size for the squares to turn out the same size and sometimes decrease the amount of rows as well. 
That is probably just me as we all knit to different tensions but I have found that the squares look fine even if I do have to later things a bit.
Another square is on the needles and I will keep going until the end of the month as November will see the start of a Stash Buster Challenge on Spark people. I have already sorted out the pattern that I will use but have no idea of the yardage used to create it and so far unable to contact the person to find out. In the Challenge they use yardage rather than weight which can be a problem if the pattern does not have the yardage used. I will get around it though if I cannot find the yardage used in the pattern so what will I be making in November? This

 It will be something new for me to try and will make a nice colouful blanket and use up loads of scrap yarn in the process.



Sunday, October 12, 2014

New squares for an afghan

Wanting to use up more stash and create something as well I have started knitting squares again.
I am hoping to knit enough to create a new afghan  it will take a while and no doubt I will have break and make something else in between.
Using the book 200 Knitted blocks for blankets, throws and afghans by Jan Eaton I have started my new project.

I have made these two so far so along way to go to make an afghan.

This is square 64 Pyramids
An easy pattern to follow and one that looks far more complex than it is, sadly the colour does not show up well I used a sort of petrol blue with a light blue yarn. For this one I used 4.5mm needles to get the correct width I needed.

This is square 101 Blue seas
I used a beige yarn with the same light blue in the Pyramids square a green and a yellow yarn. Again a nice easy pattern and the double decrease creates the ridge down the middle. 
For this square I used 4mm needles. I have found you need to use different size needles to get the same size squares, so I knit the first row and measure it to the square I have already to get the same width. Too wide and I drop down a size or half a size until I get the right width. Then I make sure I knit to correct size square, this some times means altering things as I have ended up with an oblong before now.

So onto the next square no idea which one I will pick as I want the afghan to be a mixture to give it added interest.