Category Archives: Knitting

Knitted Shrug

This shrug has three quarter sleeves and is made with previously used yarn. The yarn was originally used to make a sweater, which was not much worn or liked. I unravelled, then wound the yarn into balls, which I lightly steamed prior to knitting, and then hand laundered the finished shrug.

I used the two pattern charts below and size 3.5mm knitting needles, having first worked a pattern swatch to obtain the required tension/gauge.

Unfortunately, as the yarn had been previously used, I have no information about its manufacture. I also have no idea of the amount used to make this project. The yarn is definitely a man-made fibre and I think it is double knitting weight.

The yarn turned out to be perfect for this project as the knitted fabric is very pretty with a slight sheen, soft and lightweight. It also knitted up very smoothly and very quickly.

For the body: After knitting the final row of pattern I slipped all the working stiches onto a length of coloured yarn. I joined the sleve and side seams, then using four double pointed size 3.0mm needles I picked up all the stitches at the cast edge and together with the stitches held on the length of coloured yarn, and knitted 6cm of K1, P1 rib, which was then folded over to form 3cm double cuff around the body.

For the sleeves: I picked up one stitch at the end of each row of the sleeves on four double pointed 3.0mm needles, and knitted 8cm of K1, P1 rib, which was then folded over to form a 4cm double cuff. Weaved in all ends.



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Crochet Hat with Embossed Swirl design


I love crochet/knitted hats. They keep your head and ears warm, and add the perfect finishing touch to my winter look. This hat caught my eye, due to the particularly nice swirl design which is suitable for men, women and children. The hat has no seam, as it worked in the round from a centre ring, much like a motif.


The instructions for the basic hat are shown on the video below. The tutorial is in Spanish, but it is very easy to follow.

The video instructions show the design, worked using multiples of 8 double crochets that equal 32 double crochets for a child’s hat, and 96 double crochets for an adult’s hat. The pattern consists of 3 fpdc and 5 bpdc repeated.


I worked my hat using multiples of 10 double crochets, that equal 120 double crochets, because I required a larger hat and I also wanted more pronounced swirls. My pattern consists of 4fpdc and 6bpdc repeated.


I worked a knitted rib on four double pointed needles for my hat as I did not want the crochet rib. The crochet rib looked very nice, but I found the lack of elasticity unacceptable. I am very happy with my finished hat which is very warm looks really nice.

To make my hat:

Yarn Type: DK Acrylic yarn 150grms

Needle Type: UK size no.8 (4.00mm) crochet hook. UK size no. 8 (4.00mm) set of 4 double pointed knitting needles


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Posted by on February 5, 2017 in crochet, Hat, Hood, Knitting, Uncategorized


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Knitted Scarf


The inspiration for this scarf came from the Arabella shawl by Skeino. The shawl is made in a fine Merino yarn, and is knitted in garter stitch, using the technique of short rows to create triangles of different colours. A lacey row connects each triangle with the next to create a beautiful shawl. I thought this technique would make a great scarf.

There is an official Arabella Scarf which is very nice. However, I wanted the design and shape of the Arabella shawl, only scarf sized. I also wanted it made in thicker yarn.


I used the free pattern, making only a few changes. I cast on only 78 sts, used yarn in two colours only, cast on only 10 sts on the change yarn row, and worked 26 triangles of the same size to achieve the length I required. My scarf measures approximately 60 inches long at the cast off edge and 9 inches wide.

To make my scarf:
Yarn Type: 100grm DK Acrylic hand knitting yarn in each colour (black & Grey).
Needles: 4.00mm (UK8) circular knitting needle.
Method: Follow the free pattern.

The video below may also be helpful.

My scarf is unusual and drapes beautifully!


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Posted by on October 30, 2016 in Knitting, Scarf, Shawl, Wrap


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Hairpin Lace Crochet Shrug – Bed Jacket


I had the idea for this Shrug/Bed Jacket while sitting up crocheting in bed, with one of my shawls around my shoulders. The shawl felt a little too warm, it continually slipped off my shoulders and the fringe was tangled in my crochet yarn. I needed something that, while protecting my neck and shoulders from any cold draft, would not feel too warm or slip off my shoulders, and most importantly, would not get in the way of my crocheting. A Shrug type Bed Jacket would be ideal and Hairpin Lace would be the perfect technique for this project as the fabric is pretty, lightweight, lacy and works up very quickly.

In my yarn stash, there were 10 balls of unidentified yarn (five balls in variegated shades of white, pink and orange, and five balls in variegated shades of pink, oatmeal and brown). I thought the lighter shaded colours would be perfect for this project. Unfortunately, there is no information on the balls of yarn. I therefore, have no idea of the manufacture or type. It is variegated both in colour and texture, it is a mixture of cotton and man-made fibre, each ball weighs 100 grams and four balls were used to make this project. The finished back length (including rib) is 20 inches and the sleeve length (including rib) is 18 inches.

I had no pattern or instructions for this project. I simply made it up as I went along. I made a swatch of the lace fabric and worked out the whole thing, based upon my height of 5 feet 9 inches. There are no body measurements to consider as this is not a fitted garment. If you are shorter or taller than 5`9”, you can easily vary the size by decreasing or increasing the number and the length of the strips of lace used.

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For the lace fabric: Using a Hairpin loom/Staple of 2.5 inches wide and a 3.50mm crochet hook, I made 11 strips of Hairpin Lace consisting of 156 loops each, working two single crochet in the centre, instead of the normal single crochet to form the lace. Then using the cable join method (which entails slip stitching the loops of one strip through the same number of loops of another – in
this case groups of two loops are cabled together) and a pair of broom stick knitting needles, I joined the 11 strips to make a flat oblong length of fabric.


I would normally use a crochet hook to join Hairpin Lace strips however, broom stick needles stop the loops from becoming tangled or being missed, and they also make a flat join.

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For the sleeve seams: Still using the cable join method, I joined 42 loops on each side at both ends of the length of the lace fabric, leaving 72 loops on each side of the centre of the fabric not joined. The final loop is secured on a stitch holder. I then picked up 56 stitches at the end of each sleeve on four double pointed 3.50mm needles, and knitted 21 rows of K1, P1 rib to form a cuff.

For the back: Starting with the loop previously held on the stitch holder, the remaining non-joined loops in the centre of the fabric were finished using the cable edge stitch (which entails inserting the hook into the first two loops of a strip, then drawing the second loop through the first loop in order to slip stitch them together. The second loop remains on the hook. Continue slip stitching each loop one at a time in this manner until the last loop remains on the hook). The final loop was secured on a stitch holder.

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For the body: Equally, in each loop of the cabled edge starting with the final loop secured on the stitch holder. I evenly picked up 296 stitches on the four double pointed needles and knitted 21 rows of K1, P1 rib to form the body cuff, then weaved all ends.
The finished project looks so pretty, and does the job it was intended to do, perfectly!


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Knitted Scrap Yarn Scarf

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Having made my Cowl, I was left with a small amount of very pretty yarn, which by itself, was of very little use. I found some off-white/cream coloured yarn in my scrap box that would complement the variegated yarn used to make the Cowl, but there was still only a small amount of yarn. The colours looked so well together that I just had to make something with them! I decided to make a short scarf that I thought would just be long enough to reach around my neck and tuck into my coat. It turned out to be much longer than I expected and looks really nice!

To make my scarf:

Yarn Type: DK Acrylic variegated yarn dappled with muted shades of green, peach and beige, plus off white/cream yarn, both left over from a previous project.

Needle Type: UK size no. 8 (4.00mm) circular knitting needles.

Method: Cast on 120 stitches and work 30 row bands of plain knit (stocking stitch), first in the variegated colour then 30 rows in the off/white colour. Repeat until the resulting tube-shaped fabric measures 58 inches, finishing with the variegated colour.
Work a further 3 rows kitting 2 stitches together each time.
Next Row: Knit 2 stitches together each time while casting off.
Next Row: Pick up 120 stitches at cast on edge then work 3 rows knitting 2 stitches together each time.
Next Row: Knit 2 stitches together each time while casting off. This has the effect of rounding off the ends of the scarf.
Then add what looks like a cross between a fringe and a pompom to finish it off (too large to be called a tassel).

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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Knitting, Scarf


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Knitted Cowl Neck Scarf-Hood-Hat


More commonly referred to as just a “Cowl”, the Cowl neck scarf is a functional, elegant, and versatile accessory that works with different looks and changing weather. It is a cross between a scarf and a hood and is very simple to make. Ready-made Cowls come in various sizes; making your own allows you to choose the size most appropriate for your needs. It is worn draped around the neck like a scarf, or pulled up over the hair and lower face to resemble a hood.

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When worn as a hood it provides warmth for the neck, ears and top of the head and protection from rain or snow.


To make my Cowl:

Yarn type: DK Acrylic variegated yarn dappled with muted shades of green, peach and beige, left over from previous projects.

Needles: UK size no. 8 (4.00mm) circular knitting needles.

Method: Cast on 240 stitches and work knit 2, purl 2 ribbing until the fabric measured 30 inches; this provides just the right amount of drape for my height. If you are quite tall or require a more bulky look, simply increase the number of rows knitted.

Then fold the fabric back onto itself to form a giant cuff and pick up and knit the stitches from the cast on edge together with the corresponding stitches on the needle and cast off in rib.



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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Cowl, Hat, Hood, Knitting, Scarf


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Knitted Reversible Cable Scarf

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Knitted Cable Scarf

I just adore the look of this scarf, it has a really nice texture almost three dimensional, I made it for a much loved family member; it is very warming, reversible and easy to make. I was given the pattern and don’t know its origins, however, I am told that there are many different versions of the reversible cable pattern available.

The scarf measures 7” X 72”

The yarn used is DK Acrylic for machine knitting and old UK size 8 (4.00mm) knitting needles.

This is the pattern used.


C16F: Put next 8 stitches on cable needle and hold to front of work; (k1, p1) 4 times, then (k1, p1) 4 times from cable needle.

Cast on 86 sts.

Rows 1-7: k3, *k1, p1, rep from * across to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 8: k3, C16F, (k1, p1) 8 times, C16F, (k1, p1) 8 times, C16F, k3. (3 cables in row)

Rows 9-15: k3, *k1, p1, rep from *across to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 16: k3, (k1, p1) 8 times, C16F, (k1, p1) 8 times, C16F, (k1, p1) 8 times, k3. (2 cables in row)

Repeat rows 1-16 alternating the Cable rows every 8 rows until the desired length is reached, then repeat rows 1-15 once more, then cast off in ribbing.


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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in Knitting, Scarf


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