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…

Nessie’s Crocheted Poncho

I love road trips.  Especially road trips round Scotland when the sun is shining.

The best bit about road trips is that they give you the time to do new projects whilst in interesting locations and my crochet goes eveywhere with me.

So, this time, I decided that I would create a new kids poncho.  

 

Off we go…

 

 

 

The best bit about journeys that take a while, especially if you have somebody else to do the driving, is that you have an excuse to sit and crochet (or knit) for hours at a time, just watching the scenery roll by. My new poncho grew quite a bit on the way to Scotland.  

 

The Wool Monkey crochet in the Caingorms

This is the life for me.

Wild camping in stunning locations.

The location was soooo good that the crochet slowed down a bit though, whilst we went to climb a few Cairngorms.  (They are the hills in the background in case you were wondering).

…Daydreaming of sunny days on the side of the Loch…

So, back to the crochet.  It has been one of those projects where I just set off with a hook and some yarn and see what comes out.  It’s simple shells this time. The yarn I decided to use was some Louisa Harding Amitola which has been in my stash for quite some time.  It’s self striping, so you get a lovely array of colours when you crochet with it.  It is a little bit on the thin side though, so I tend to use it double stranded, to make it more like DK yarn.  This has the bonus effect of giving a much wider range of colour blends too, where you get two strands of different shades blended together.

The Wool Monkey Nessie Poncho crocheted shells

Back to Scotland…

The Wool Monkey crochet with a pint

 

Crochet here, crochet there, crochet everywhere.  I love being on holiday and being able to crochet, it’s idyllic.  No holiday would be complete without a few pints of good ale too.

 

 

 

The Wool Monkey meets the Loch Ness Monster

 

Eventually we ended up camping on the shore of Loch Ness.   It wasn’t part of the plan, but was a good place to stay.  Nessie was in total approval of the crochet project too, which has to be a good omen.

The Wool Monkey on Loch Ness

 

And finally, time to head home and say goodbye to another road trip.  Scotland is beautiful, there is no disputing this.   I had only two balls of yarn left and the project would be finished too.   I’d say it was a successful trip all round.

 

 

Back to the real stuff.  The project!  

So, it has become a very square poncho,  with an opening for the neck and head to make it more versatile and easy to vary the size.  My 6 year old adores it.

I think it should be an easy enough pattern for most crocheters to tackle too.  very relaxing and grows quickly.  (That’s why I managed it within a week)

Do get in touch if you would like more information, or if you would like a copy of the pattern it is for sale on Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/621983409/nessies-poncho-crochet-pattern-wm2070?ref=shop_home_active_1

Happy crocheting!

 

If you are interested here are a couple of books with kids crocheting patterns, which I can recommend: