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…

Pete’s Crocheted Big V Stitch Blanket

This is my big brother, Pete.

As you can see, he likes to relax on the sofa, with a whisky after a hard days work.  Snoozing seems to be a common occurrence too.

We don’t often give each other serious presents, just joke ones mostly.  But, for some strange reason, just for once last summer, I thought he might like a real present.  So, a couple of weeks before his birthday I asked him if there was anything he would like.

 

And his response….

“I’d like my own blanket please.  And I want you to make it for me”.

I was immediately delighted that my big brother wanted a blanket of my making, but then realised that there was no way I could make one in two weeks!  I’m good, but not that good.

So, I warned him that I would make it, but it might be a Christmas present rather than a birthday present.  I even let him choose his own colours from my stash.   (I was pretty surprised at the colours he choose, but they worked well together actually).

 

I insisted on choosing the design though and  decided upon a striped V-stitch style.  (Quick and easy)

Then started it off, as usual,  in the passenger seat of the car whilst my better half was  driving us away on holiday.    (It passes the journey time really quickly and gets loads done)

 

 

The work continued for months.  Often whilst eating cake and drinking coffee at the Wool Monkey knit and chat groups. 

 

(Also a common occurrence)

 

 

Until it became too big to take around with me and I was finally restricted to making it at home.  

The advantage of this was that it kept us both warm whilst I was making it. (Me and my better half that is).

Eventually it was done.  And just in time to be wrapped up for Christmas.

 

 

I think he liked it…

                   … I think he was even smiling.

 

He wore it all afternoon on Chirstmas day anyway.

 

The only awkward thing about the blanket was that I foolishly thought that my brother would share it with his other half, as she particularly liked the colours he chose.  But no,  he won’t let her near it.  So now I have to make another one!

Oh well.

 

Here’s the finished thing.

 

Very stripy.

 

 

 

 

And the V-Stitch?   

 

 

 

 

It’s really, really easy.  So easy that I think this is a beginner’s pattern.  (Or a really relaxing pattern for those of you with more experience).

It’s also a definite winner as a man blanket and a Christmas present!

 

If you are interested in the pattern, it’s available from: 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627331379/petes-big-v-stitch-crochet-blanket?