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 cast on for knitting

This is a very brief Wool Monkey lesson on how to start a piece of knitting by using the basic knit cast on.

The lesson includes most basic and easiest method of casting on which is essential for any beginner in order to be able to start a piece of work.  You might know an experienced knitter who is willing to do your cast on for you at the beginning when you are just starting to learn, which can be a great help, but at some point you will have to learn how to do it yourself!

 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!

 

Crochet Stitch Conversion

Did you know that the USA and UK have exactly the same crochet stitches, but they are given different names?

I think the rest of the World uses either one or the other too.  So, it’s useful to know how to convert them.

It can get a little confusing though, especially when downloading crochet patterns from the web as it’s not always obvious which continent they have come from.

So, here is just a little guidance, to help you easily convert between the two.

So, next time you get a crochet pattern and you’re not sure where it has come from, the biggest clue is that if it mentions ‘Single Crochet’  then it’s definitely North American. (There is no Single Crochet in the UK terminology).

Or, if you start to work on something and it really doesn’t look anything like the picture on the pattern, then maybe it is not from the continent you expected.

The easiest way to convert your pattern is to read through it and do a straight replacement.  So, for example, if you are converting from USA to US, work through and find all the mentions of ‘dtr’ and replace them with ‘ttr’. Work your way through each of the stitches until you have replaced them all. But, beware, always work from the largest stitch to the smallest, otherwise you could get in a pickle. You could end up replacing all the ‘sc’ with ‘dc’, then accidentally replacing all the replacements you have already done with ‘tr’, which would make the pattern completely wrong.

Just a little warning, that some patterns may use different abbreviations to the ones above. Always check your pattern to see what abbreviations are being used before you start.

That’s all there is to it.  The actual working of the stitches is exactly the same.  I hope it makes sense to you.  If not, get in touch and I will work through it with you.

Happy Crocheting!

 If you would like a little bit more help as a beginner, then I found that this book is really popular and full of helpful hints, tips, stitches and great beginner patterns.    (Click on it to go look inside it and check the latest price)