Easy Oddball Triangle Scarf

Sometimes, in my stash of yarn I end up with lots of little balls of yarn, all leftovers from other projects.  Each one is a different colour and a different yarn and generally not much use for anything.

So, now and again I find myself trying to think of something to do with them. I can’t waste them after all.

Last month, whilst looking for something else in my stash, (this is not always easy – it often involves emptying lots of plastic boxes out of the wardrobe, as the one I am looking for is usually the one right at the bottom), I found an envelope with lots of very small yarn samples, sent to me by various different yarn supplies.  All the samples were too small to be individually useful, so I added them to the pile of leftovers I was gathering together.  

Something had to be made from all these yummy bits and bobs, so I decided upon a new, very easy, scarf pattern.  The cold weather is coming and so it seemed appropriate.

So, I started knitting. My dog, Red, helping me of course.

It turned out to be a really relaxing project.   Very easy to make and great for beginners. It is mostly just the knit stitch with a little bit of detail on the edges.  I decided not to waste any yarn at all.   So, rather than working in complete rows and potentially wasting some, I kept knitting with each ball of yarn until it was almost done and then joined to the next yarn straight away – even if it was in the middle of a row. I think it gave quite an interesting striped effect.

It’s one of those patterns where you can just keep going until you have either run out of yarn, got bored, or simply think you’ve made it big enough.  The shape is a non-symmetrical triangle, so nobody can tell you that you have made it wonky, as it’s meant to be like that!

I also found that there was an unexpected plus side to this scarf.   I was intending to keep it for myself, but then my ‘other half’ decided that he liked it too.  Quite a lot actually, which I was rather surprised about.   When he agreed to be photographed wearing it I realised that he actually looks better in it than I do!        Hmmmmm.      Now it is a ‘shared’ scarf.   

I think I’ll knit myself a sweater next – he won’t want to share that…..

 

If you are interested in this scarf pattern then it is currently available from Etsy:

If you would like some help with learning to knit, all the stitches in this pattern are in the Wool Monkey Learning Zone on this website…

Learn how to do a slip stitch and psso (pass the slipped stitch over)

This is another short Wool Monkey lesson on what to do when your pattern asks you to slip a stitch, or to psso.  (This is short for pass the slipped stitch over)

It’s not as complicated as it sounds, but is essential if you want to progress your knitting.

We hope you enjoy the lesson and don’t forget to get in touch if you need any help.

Good luck!

 

Learn how to do a yarn over, or yarn forward increase.

This is a new Wool Monkey lesson on how to do an increase called yarn over, or yarn forward.

Yarn over is I believe the American name for this increase and yarn forward is the British name for the same thing.

This is one of the simplest increases, so it’s only a very short lesson.

We hope you enjoy the lesson and don’t forget to get in touch if you need any help.

Good luck!

 

Continue reading “Learn how to do a yarn over, or yarn forward increase.”

Beginner snood pattern

Beginner knitter?
 
This Wool Monkey pattern is an old favourite and perfect for both wet, winter weather and beginners who want to practice their skills.  It has been well loved and well used by many beginners.
 
The weather here is awful – which made me think of this pattern. I think I might make myself a new one!
 
You only need to be able to cast on, cast off and do the knit stitch. (If you need to learn these you can visit the Wool Monkey Learning Zone for help).
 
Enjoy!
 
 

Learn the Basic Purl Stitch.

This is a very brief Wool Monkey lesson on how to do the basic purl stitch. 

Hopefully by now you have mastered the basic knit stitch and are ready to move on to bigger and better (and more complicated) adventures, by learning the purl stitch.

The lesson below is a brief instruction on how to do this.  We hope you enjoy the lesson and don’t forget to get in touch if you need any help.

Good luck!

Learn how to cast off your knitting

This is a very brief Wool Monkey lesson on how finish a piece of knitting by casting off.

The lesson includes most basic and easiest method of casting off which is essential for any beginner in order to be able to finish off a piece of work. Otherwise you would just have to keep knitting forever!

 So, if you are just starting out please enjoy the lesson and let us know how you get on, or if you need any help.

Good luck!

 

p.s.  Always remember when you are casting off to work your casting off stitches loosely!!!

Grubby gardening hands

gardening hands

It’s been a while since I wrote a Wool Monkey blog, but winter is on it’s way again and the dark nights are looming, so I have recently found that I suddenly have the urge to create again!

Most of the last year or two have been spent moving house, landscaping my garden and generally working really hard.  Wool Monkey has sadly been neglected.

But, as the creative urge is blossoming again, I thought it was about time I finally finished creating the Wool Monkey learning zone.  Lot’s of people ask me for advice on learning to knit and crochet and it makes sense, to me at least, that there be a section on the website devoted to learning.  The grand plan, eventually, is to fill the ‘Learning Zone’,  with lots of useful info and videos and help for anybody out there who wants advice with their knitting or crochet adventures.  The possibilities are endless and so I guess the ‘Learning Zone’ will be too.

To make a start, I have been busy creating a few beginner videos.  (These will hopefully be on the website in a week or so).

OK.  So, that sounds fairly straight forward doesn’t it?  Well, everything was going fine until I realised, as I was using the zoom function on my video editor, that my hands are not so pretty anymore.  There are some rather close-up shots of my hands and really, they don’t exactly look sparkling. 

Lots of time spent gardening and years of rock climbing gives you very grubby hands.  Mine are gnarled and battered and scarred.  There is dirt permanently ground into my cracked skin. No amount of scrubbing or soap seems to shift it.  

Unfortunately they are the only pair of hands I have and so I have no choice but to use them for my Wool Monkey videos. How else am I going to teach people how to knit and crochet without showing off my hands?

So, this blog is an apology in advance for my scruffy looking hands, which no doubt be in every single video in the learning zone.  I hope you can tolerate them.

On the plus side though, they are very honest and hard-working hands and my garden is starting to look good too!

 

 

Blanket Sizes

Blankets

I have often been asked the question ‘how much yarn do I need for a blanket?’  To which, of course, there is only one reply, ‘depends how big your blanket is going to be’.

Then of course the next question is usually, ‘how big does my blanket need to be?’  Sounds silly, but there are no fixed rules about how big a blanket should be, just make it to the size you want.

OK, so that sounds like a bit of a slack answer I know.

I have done a little bit of digging to find out what sort of sizes people generally consider to be standard.  Or standard-ish at least. Some people have their own personal set of sizes that they tend to work to and others like to make it up at random.  I know I have a rough guide in my head and I tend to vary it depending upon the project.

One thing to bear in mind, if you are making a blanket for a bed, UK bed sizes and US bed sizes are different!

Baby Blankets

So most of you will have at some point made a baby blanket I suspect.  The sizes do vary a little bit, but most of them out there seem to fit into the same categories and approximate sizes.

 

Adult Blankets

Not necessarily for adults, but it just gives a different category from babies.  These can vary quite a bit more, especially between the continents! So, I had a look at the bed sizes first as the standards seem to vary slightly.  Here is a comparison between the USA and the UK.  Obviously there are many other variations around the World, but there is a limit to how many I can list and these two seem to be pretty common.

 

When it comes to the blanket sizes, as oppose to the actual bed sizes there seems to be a lot more discrepancy as to how a blanket should fit a bed.  Should it just reach the edges?  Should it overlap the edges and drape down the sides?  Should the top be long enough to cover the pillows? Is it just a decorative thing?

I still believe it’s all just personal preference.  There are no right and wrongs, but here are some guidelines to what appear to be the most common blanket sizes out there.  Most of them allow for some drape over the sides of the bed.  This is NOT a definitive answer as to the size a blanket should be, NOR is it an instruction that you must create your blankets this size.  It is simply what my research has found…

 

I hope these help some of you a little bit.  If not my advice when making blankets is to make them big and just keep going until you’ve had enough of making it and then it’s big enough.

 

 
There are loads of lovely books containing patterns for blankets out there, but these are a couple of my favourites: (click on them to look inside and check out the latest prices)