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.