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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Half-Granny Crochet Scarf


The winter weather has come and gone here in Knoxville. Since I was stuck at home for the majority of the past five days, I spent a LOT of time watching Netflix and playing with yarn. Inspired by the vast amounts of snow, I decided it was about time I made myself a new scarf. I couldn't leave my house to purchase any new yarn, so I dug some (that I forgot I had) out of the closet and got to work!

If you've read this blog for any amount of time, you probably already know that I have a serious granny square addiction. I love experimenting with them and using them in unexpected ways! This scarf certainly doesn't look like your typical granny square and I love it that way! Plus, it makes me feel a bit like Claire Fraser when I wear it! (For the Outlander fans out there!)



Materials:
- sport weight yarn in main color (4 to 5 skeins, depending on how big you want the scarf)
- small amount of sport weight yarn in contrasting color
- size H hook (I like this one.)
- yarn needle

Notes:
- The yarn I used was purchased secondhand, so I don't know exactly what it is. All I know is that it is a sport weight, wool yarn.
- The scarf is worked in one large triangular piece. Continue the rows until it is long enough to fit around your neck.
- Contrast stripe is worked when you think you have around five rows left.

Directions:
- Make magic loop.
- Row One: Ch 3, 3dc, ch 2, 4 dc in magic loop. Ch 3, turn.
- Row Two: Work 3 dc between 1st and 2nd dc from previous row. (3dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 gap from previous row. Work 4 dc between 3rd and 4th dc from previous row. Ch 3, turn.
- Row Three: Work 3 dc between 1st and 2nd dc from previous row. 3dc in next space between shells. (3dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 gap from previous row. 3dc in next space between shells. Work 4 dc between 3rd and 4th dc from previous row. Ch 3, turn.
- Continue pattern working 3 dc is space between shells and (3dc, ch 2, 3 dc) at each point. Work until piece is long enough to fit around your neck.
- Bind off and weave in ends.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Triangle Knit Pillow



It's pretty embarrassing how long ago I started working on this pillow. I would guess it's probably been at least six months.... I have a tendency to work on about eight different projects at a time. Meaning it takes me a ridiculously long amount of time to get anything done. What can I say, I guess I have a short attention span!

Anyways, round of applause for me for FINALLY getting something done!!

Now that its finished, I'm really loving the ombre colors combined with the unique texture of the fabric. The pattern seems a bit complicated at first, but once you've worked through it once, it gets really simple. It's a perfect project for TV watching and road trips! 


Materials:
- 3 colors worsted weight yarn
- size 9 knitting needles ( I swear by Knitter's Pride Interchangeable Needles and use them for EVERYTHING)
- embroidery scissors
- yarn needle
- buttons
- pillow form (I used scrap fabric and polyfill to make my own)

Notes:
- Switch colors when you've gone through the pattern 1.5 times (3 rows of triangles)
- Pillow is worked in one piece, then stitched together on the sides with yarn and yarn needle.
- Finished dimensions: 10 inches by 13 inches

Directions:
- CO 80
- Row 1: Knit
- Row 2: K1, P15 across
- Row 3: P1 *K13, P3*, repeat from * to *, end with P2
- Row 4: K3 *P11, K5*, repeat from * to *, end with K2
- Row 5: P3 *K9, P7*, repeat from * to *, end with P4
- Row 6: K5 *P7, K9*, repeat from * to *, end with K4
- Row 7: P5 *K5, P11*, repeat from * to *, end with P6
- Row 8: K7 *P3, K13*, repeat from * to *, end with K6
- Row 9: P7 *K1, P15*, repeat from * to *, end with P8
- Row 10: P8 *K1, P15*, repeat from * to *, end with P7
- Row 11: K6 *P3, K13*, repeat from * to *, end with K7
- Row 12: P6 *K5, P11*, repeat from * to *, end with P5
- Row 13: K4 *P7, K9*, repeat from * to *, end with K5
- Row 14: P4 *K9, P7*, repeat from * to *, end with P3
- Row 15: K2 *P11, K5*, repeat from * to *, end with K3
- Row 16: P2 *K13, P3*, repeat from * to *, end with P1
- Row 17: P15, K1 across
- Repeat Rows 2 - 17 until piece measures 13 inches (or desired length.)
- Bind off purlwise
- Fold piece in half. Use mattress stitch to stitch up sides, leaving room to insert pillow form. Flip case right side out, insert pillow form and stitch the rest of the opening closed.