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First Knitted Scarf

From the time I picked up knitting again in mid-December 2016, I’ve made my first scarf, which was started and finished about three weeks ago. It turned out beautifully! I had initially intended it to be an infinity scarf, but settled on the scarf form (the pattern itself was actually for a cowl). Of course, I could always make another one as an infinity. The length of the scarf isn’t as long as I wanted it, because I ran out of yarn, and I was eager to wear it 🙂 It measures approximately 9.5″ wide by 52″ long.

Before starting this project, I knitted a good amount of dishcloths in an effort to practice knit stitches and purl stitches, as well as getting the dynamics of knitting at a comfortable and efficient level.

Materials and tools: Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! in Ivory, using U.S. 8 (5 mm) size needles. 

Pattern: Knitted Champagne Cowl by Expression Fiber Arts. The pattern is simple to knit and memorize. I think it’s great for beginners!

Loom Knitted Bouclé Scarves

Bouclé is an interesting type of material that may be made into fabric or yarn. As far as yarn is concerned, I’ve only seen it primarily made out of acrylic fiber, sometimes mixed with another fiber, such as nylon. 

I’ve found that it’s difficult using bouclé yarn whether in crocheting or knitting, because of its unique texture. However, it works well in loom knitting.

I had a particular boucle yarn in a green-yellow ombré color (I also have blue), which I bought many years ago, but I don’t remember which brand nor the exact name of the product. I made two scarves: one measures 49.5″ long by 5.5″ wide, and the other 63″ long by 5.5″ wide. I gave the longest one to an employee at work.

These two were worked in the round, so they have a tubular-like appearance; I’ll post a photo next time of what the opening looks like. Overall, they turned out nice. I think these are great and quick gifts to make for people 🙂

There may be a digital copy of this on the web. This was the pattern (from a Caron Simply Soft skein) I used in making two scarves (see first here and second here) using this exact pattern and one infinity scarf without the fringes. This could even be modified into a cowl.

This is a great pattern for beginners who would like a different texture to their scarves and cowls 🙂

Other Yarncraft

Earlier this month, I picked up my needles and got back into knitting. I was able to quickly re-learn casting on, the knit stitch, and purl stitch. I also learned several different ways of casting on, and a couple of ways in working the knit stitch and purl stitch.

I must say that I think you need to have a little more dexterity with knitting, because you’re handling and working with another tool, along with the challenge of the yarn slipping and sliding on the needles. But I know that with ongoing experience, all of that can be managed easily and efficiently.

I also got back into loom knitting with the circular or round looms.  I have yet to knit with the long, rectangular looms, which I plan to include in my yarncraft. Loom knitting definitely produces items quicker than needle knitting or crocheting. To me, I think using thicker yarns is ideal for loom knitting.

YouTube has greatly helped in relearning these methods, while learning new things within the craft. I’ve learned that each method of yarncraft can be used for specific projects, at least personally to me.

The yarn I used is I Love This Cotton! in Dark Denim, with a size I hook. There wasn’t a particular pattern I used. The band is made with single crochet (sc) stitches, crocheted in the back loop only (blo). The rest is made with double crochets (dc) and front post double crochets (fpdc).

With the cooler weather coming up, I made this specifically for my father 🙂

This scarf was made by using Caron’s “Lacy Scarf” pattern. I used two full skeins (left with less than seven feet of yarn) Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! in Rosy, with a size I crochet hook. 

I followed the pattern as written, but did not add the fringes in order to create the infinity scarf. The final piece measures 8″wide and 63″ around.

It turned out so beautifully! And it wears very well. This will be given as a gift to my mother, which I’ve simply wrapped in blue tissue paper 🙂

I’m not sure when I made this piece, but I know it was within five years from 2016. It was my first time making this pattern. I used Caron’s “Lacy Scarf” pattern. The yarn used is Caron’s Simply Soft Brites in Berry Blue, with a H (5.00 mm) hook.

The Berry Blue color has either been discontinued or renamed to Blue Mint.

This piece was made in Spring 2015 using Caron’s “Lacy Scarf” pattern. The yarn used is Caron’s Simply Soft in Autumn Red, with a H (5.00 mm) hook.

Crocheted Blanket/Throw

This piece measures approximately 36 inches by 39 inches. It’s a perfect size for a small child, and I think it’s a good size for an adult to bring along on their travels. It’s a nice lap warmer too!
With a US I-9 (5.5 mm) hook, the yarn used is I Love This Yarn! (available at Hobby Lobby) in Graymist, Antique White, and Glacier. The colors when so well together!

This piece was made by freehand. I began with a foundation chain, from which I built on the stripe blocks. Each of the blocks consist of five rows of all double crochet stitches. So it would be a very basic pattern if instructions were written. 

I look forward to making more pieces in other color variations 🙂