I have just finished a project I was knitting for at least six months!!
I have knitted this with bamboo needles that work well with the rough merino texture. In my opinion this combination is great as a starter project.
I have a ribbed edge on both sides of this scarf.
The skill I wanted to teach myself on this project was a simple fair isle type knitting. This is just two colours and the pattern is something I just made up as went along.
There are a few mistakes in counting but I really enjoyed this project and since then have been referring to Alice Starmore’s Book of fair isle knitting. The colours are inspirational and certainly has perked me up for something more challenging like multiple colours.
This is the finished project!
I got some lovely 2 ply Shetland lamb’s wool in various colours recently. Since I didn’t have any knitting needles less than 5.00mm, I decided on a quick crochet project. Like most things I do, I was not particularly organised for a project before hand. I let the wool inspire me.
I begin a project with only a couple of ground rules. I keep looking at the colours, imagine little pieces in a few combinations and consider adding one simple progression to my skill tool box. Sometimes a person or occasion for a gift also helps. So as I was watching u-tude videos to inspire me, this paricular one jumped out. It seemed easy, but I would also learn to create a hood!
I didnt buy enough wool to complete the project, but luckily the lady selling the wool had a few more balls and I could breathe again. This will perhaps teach me to plan ahead next time (one only hopes).
This is what my Scoodie looks like.
I have made a very long scarf section, as I wanted it to be nice and snug around my neck. I have also attached the two ends of the scarf so I can just loop it round.
I particularly like the pom-pom which was not part of the original design on the u-tube video. This also helps create a slight weight which gives the hood a much softer look on top of the head.
I made these adjustments as I went along as my wool behaved very differently to the one used in the tutorial. I quite like the chunky feel of the other scoodie in the video, but I like mine too. What do you think?
This cashmere and silk blend yarn is beautiful to work with and lovely to touch. The rosewood needles give a very good controlled slip. This is among my first projects (I started three at the same time) that I have now finished.
The casting on…
A simple all knit and slip stitch pattern for the scarf. This was the first time I was using a slip stitch, it is not only very easy but also creates a beautiful ribbed effect.
The complete scarf… a lovely handmade present this season.