Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Keyhole Scarf and Fingerless Gloves

I love stash busting and finding patterns that are easy to do and yet create something useful is a bonus.
I found this whilst looking for a new scarf to make from my stash.
Keyhole Scarflette

The pattern is so easy and depending on the yarn you use can be plain or fancy. I added a flower embellishment to mine.

I used two different colours and created a stripe alternating the yarn every two rows. I added a Picot crochet edge to both ends and a crochet flower and leaf. The yarn I used was DK and I used 7mm needles as I wanted the scarf to be soft and lose. My Crochet hook was 4mm using DK yarn.
Picot Edge

The flower was really easy and remember I do not know how to follow a crochet pattern but following the video I created the flower.Easy Rosebud  I wanted to add a leaf to the flower and eventually found this easy crochet leaf  Easy Leaf 

Having completed the scarf I went ahead and made a pair of Fingerless gloves to go with it and made these.

Here is the pattern for the gloves
Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves

I used the same yarns as for the scarf adding the Picot Edge to the wrist end only and adding a tiny Rosebud and leaf to match the scarf. The tiny Rosebud pattern was easy to do again a video so be patient she does get there in the end.Tiny Rosebud

These are for my friend who sent all the yarn for the baby blankets for the Neo Natal Unit.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Easy Brezzy Scarf

This pattern is so easy to do you end up with a scarf that is diagonal and very soft and lacy.

I used 7mm needles as I wanted the pattern to be very open and light it also means it knits up very quickly as well.
The yarn I used is DK but any yarn will do adjust the size of the needles to about 2 to 3 sizes larger than stated for the yarn weight if you want an open effect.

CO 36 stitches

Row 1:  K1, P1 to end

Row 2: P1, K1 to end

Row3: K1, P1 to end

Row 4: P1, K1 to end

Pattern Rows

Row 1:  K1, P1x2 ( Yo K2tog) repeat in ( ) to last 4 sts K1, P1x2

Row 2:  P1, K1x2 (Purl to last 4 sts) P1, K1 x2

Repeat Pattern rows until the scarf is as long as you want then add the first 4 rows and B.O

I said it was easy didn't I and it is. I used two colours alternating every second row I that way I did not have to cut off the yarn and tie it in again.
You can add tassels to the ends or a crochet edging, I used a shell crochet edging as I thought it would look nice. I used a white yarn to make the shell edge on one end and a red yarn for the shell edge on the other end.
The result is a soft light scarf that looks more complex than it really is. I had this pattern written down in my little book and cannot recall  where I found it as I did not record that information at the time.

Updates and New Projects

I have not been around much as I have been busy organising things at home. With Christmas not far off I like to get the house organised and do some deep cleaning before winter sets in.
Preserves have been made and are now ready to be packaged up as gifts.
Knitted items are ready to be given to various charities or posted off to friends.
The Patchwork Knitted Blanket is coming along nicely and I will soon have a new panel to sew into place.
I have been making a few other items in between as I needed to make a few gifts so I am working on these before I continue with the blanket.

I seem to have a lot of odds and ends of yarn that are not long enough to make something with so I have rolled these up together to create a large ball of yarn. Rather than knot the yarns together I simply carried on adding yarn to the ball so when I knit the yarn I will be able to add the new colour anywhere in the row. It will create a random effect and hopefully look interesting.
I want to make a few scarves with this ball of odds and ends for the Salvation Army they do a lot of work with the Homeless and those less well off who need a helping hand.

I have a couple of easy patterns that would lend themselves nicely to my scrap ball of yarn so I will experiment and see what happens. First of all I need to make some Fingerless Gloves that I have been wanting to make.

This is what I made for a friend using up some red and white yarn from my stash.

A super easy  scarf that knits up on the diagonal. I added a crochet border to the ends rather than tassels as I thought it would look nice. I will add the pattern to this in another posting.

I added these to the gift to make it a set of red and white items for winter. This is for someone who has been kind enough to make something for my Grandson Charlie for Christmas I will post what she has made onto Chizzy, Charlies Mum, as I will not be able to see him due to the circumstances that prevail.

I will be making the Fingerless gloves next and sending them off to a friend as a Christmas gift along with a scarf I made that I will never make again. I had some of that awful ruffle stuff that was given to me and I made the scarf using the pattern on the band. Never again I really do not like using it so it is a one off, I have one that was made for me by a friend and in similar colours. I like my scarf and thought I have a go at making one, so when I was sent the ruffle yarn stuff I had a go. It turned out okay but I don't like using it for me it is fiddly and I don't do fiddly stuff. So my friend will have the one and only ruffle scarf to be made my me.
Here it is the One and Only Ruffle Scarf so my friend will have something unique, I hope she will like it as I have no idea if this is the sort of thing she would wear.

So more Stash Busting is on its way and I have a lot to do so I will have to get those needles clicking and drive my poor husband Colin insane as I sit and knit whilst watching TV in the evenings.