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…

Trinity Infinity Scarf

Trinity Knitted Scarf

Talk about lace knitting and many knitters will squeak quietly, retreat into a corner and hope nobody asks them about it.

It can be a very daunting challenge for the novice knitter. All those complicated stitches, in complicated patterns, with yarn that is so thin you can barely see it.

Lace doesn’t have to be like that though.  You don’t need many lace stitches to give a beautiful lace effect and is doesn’t have to be done with lace weight yarn.  After all, lace knitting is simply a matter of creating strategically placed holes in your work and holes are holes regardless of the thickness of the yarn.

Personally I love lace, but then I love complicated stuff in any form, I can’t help it. More satisfying than creating my own complicated stuff though, is helping others to gain a bit more confidence with the complicated stuff too.

So, back to the project in question.  The Trinity Scarf.  It’s a lace infinity scarf, made a bit thicker than normal and with an easy pattern repeat.  Don’t panic about the infinity bit, all that means is that the ends are joined together to give you one complete loop, which doesn’t need to be complicated at all.

I believe I actually made this scarf well over a year ago with the intention of using it in a beginner workshop and it has been sat on my desk ever since, waiting for me to write the pattern up.  I don’t know why it has taken me so long, I guess I have quite a large pile of work on my desk and this one kept escaping back to the bottom.  That’ssuch a lame excuse, but no longer, it’s finished now.

The pattern is only four rows and the main stitch repeat is only eleven stitches. That’s right, just four rows and a handful of stitches, so no getting lost in massive lace charts or having to write down every single row.  The rows don’t even take that long to do.  There are lace patterns I have done in the past with 500+ stitches on a row which have taken me up to half an hour to do one row.  It’s a bit demoralising when you go to bed after an hour of knitting and you’ve only done two rows.  Not with this pattern.

Trinity Knitted Lace Scarf by Wool Monkey

Here’s a brief look at what the stitches look like.

The other thing I love about this pattern is that it is very versatile.  You can easily make it as long or as wide as you like.  The instructions are all there and easy to do.  Plus, it’s worked in DK yarn, giving you a whole World of choice about what yarn to use.  I used Rowan Alpaca Colour for mine, mainly because I had it to hand, but also because of the lovely and very gradual changes in colour that is gives.   Of course, it’s also lovely and soft because it’s alpaca!

It’s totally your choice what you use and it doesn’t use a lot of yarn, so you can afford to be extravagant if you wish.  I think  something with a little bit of weight to it is nice, as it gives  a good drape, but then again, you could go for the light and airy feel…

If you do want to complicate things then there is of course one way to make the pattern tricky.  When you knit your scarf you have the option to either sew your ends together to make the infinity, or GRAFT your ends together.  I can picture some of you shuddering at the thought, or looking at me slightly bewildered.Trinity Knitted Lace Scarf by Wool Monkey

Grafting is a form of sewing up, but in such a way that you try to create a row of extra stitches between the two pieces which completely hide the join.  If you’ve never had a go before try it, with two pieces of stocking stitch first, so that you have an idea of what it is all about.  There are plenty of instructions out there on the web that should help you get started.  Eventually I will post some notes in the tutorials section, but I haven’t written them yet, sorry about that. Be warned though, that when it comes to grafting lace stitches things can get a bit gritty.  Be prepared for a lot of concentration and most likely a little bit of creative language to go with it.

So, if you would like to have a go, the pattern is available from my Etsy shop

Trinity Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern

Or, if you have any questions, do get in touch, it’s always good to hear from you.

Happy knitting!

Trinity Knitted Lace Scarf by Wool Monkey
Trinity Knitted Lace Scarf by Wool Monkey

 

If you would like to try a little more lace knitting then I know several people who found this book really useful…   (click on the link below for more info)

Honley Lace Scarf

Knitted lace

I think it was Spring last year, whilst I was pondering the idea of things to do with my kids in the summer.  We often visit the local agricultural shows and similar and thought about trying a new one.  We hadn’t been to Honley Show before and it’s quite local to us, so I had a look at the website.  I wondered if they had a knitting section.  Or a crochet section.  I like to have a nosey.

It turned out they did.  (It’s always nice to have something to look at beyond sheep, cows and tractors).  Then I started to ponder the idea of entering some of my own knitting.  You never know, I thought, my knitting is as good as anybody else’s.

I had absolutely no idea what the competition would be like, perhaps a piece of lace knitting would be a good thing to enter.  People always seem to ooooo and aahhhh over a bit of lace knitting.  Only trouble was, I couldn’t decide on a pattern.  I often have this problem, so I did my usual and I made one up.  I already had the perfect ball of yarn for the job and a couple of months to knit it…

Findley Dappled Lace Knitting

 

 

Here it is, my yummy ball of Findley Dappled Lace.  I love this yarn, the colours are lovely and it is sooo soft.

 

 

 

 

So, two weeks before the show and quite a bit of effort later, (sometimes I wonder why I enjoy knitting lace, it usually involves a certain amount of cursing and I can only do it one the kids have gone to bed), I had a scrumpled ball of knitted lace.

Honley Lace Knitted Scarf

 

It doesn’t look that stunning does it?

I have always had lots of knitters ask me if blocking is a good idea or not. Usually the answer is yes.  Even though it might be a little bit tedious it’s often worth the effort I reckon. Sometimes it’s just not necessary, but with lace it’s an absolute must.

Compared to the amount of time it takes to knit lace the blocking is really quite quick and the results are always worth it.

Honley Lace Knitted Scarf

 

 

Scrumpled mess becomes beautiful, elegant lace!

 

 

 

I decided it was good enough to enter into the show, which was a good thing really as I didn’t have anything else to enter in it’s place.

 

So, off we went to Honley Show.

If you don’t know where Honley is, it’s a small town/large village near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. It’s quite a pretty area but this was a very wet day to be wandering around on a muddy field. We had wellies and waterproofs though and we had heaps of fun. There was actually plenty to see as well as the sheep. The kids harassed me into letting them have their faces painted, go on rides and eat ice creams, what more can I say.  I think the face painting lady deserved a prize to be honest, she was brilliant!

   

Eventually we worked our way back to the craft tent.  What a surprise was awaiting. I must admit, I was secretly hoping for a third or maybe second place, but that’s not what I got.

Honley Lace Knitted Scarf

 

Somehow my little piece of lace knitting had won the first prize, a best in show rosette AND a trophie for the best handicraft exhibit!  I was stunned.  I guess the judges like lace.  I’d never won a trophie before in my life and it felt quite nice.  I know I have to take it back next year for somebody else, but I can feel warm and fuzzy just knowing that my name will be engraved on it forever.

 

 

After such a successful day I thought that maybe I should write the pattern up , maybe other people would like to use it too.  Maybe somebody else will knit my pattern and win a show somewhere else with it.

I hope so.

If you would like the pattern, it’s available from my Etsy shop.  Happy knitting!

Honley Lace Scarf Knitting Pattern