So – I am on a mission to use up some of my crafting stuff – as it has now achieved the mass of a small planet and exerts enough gravitational force that it now pulls random balls of wool and pieces of fabric from friends all over the UK.
With a cold snap imminent I thought a scarf would be a good “Stash Busting” project – especially as my warm winter coat has this V Neck that could do with something to fill it in.
The thing is I have only one ball of this lovely chunky wool in my stash – so I scaled back my ambitions slightly and decided to aim for a short cowl thingie instead ………………… I’m not really sure what this piece of clothing should be called, its like a scarf, sewn into a loop and then pulled on over your head ….. so I am sticking with “cowl” for now.
However – rather than a plain old loop I decided I fancied one with a plait on the end that I had seen in an American Fashion catalogue – so my take on a $70 designer piece …………..
So with a ball of chunky wool and size 10mm pins cast on just 18 stitches.
Knit one Row.
Purl one Row.
Then working on the first 6 stitches only work in stocking stitch for 24 rows and then slip the stitches onto a stitch holder or a piece of wool.
Then working on the next 6 stitches repeat the process and then once again until you end up with three lengths of knitting that are connected at the cast on edge.
Plait the three strands together – you don’t need me to show you that do you?
Then slip the stitches from the stitch holder or pieces of wool back onto one of the knitting needles.
It should now look like this:
Now the easy bit – you work in stocking stitch until you either run out of wool – or the scarf is long enough to form a V when draped around your neck.
This is the shape you are trying to form – so as soon as you have knitted enough length, cast off the stitches.
Using a wool needle and a piece of matching wool catch the cast on edge to the side of the scarf as shown and secure with a few loose stitches.
Now you have a designer “cowlie” thingie to fill in the V of any smart jacket or coat in your wardrobe.
All the cosiness of a scarf without all the bulk or the annoying flapping ends – besides I think it looks a bit more “couture” and a bit less “Dr Who” don’t you?
I love it – thing is ………………..so did Mum!!………………………. so she appropriated it LOL.
But this is a really quick project to knock out (took me just over an hour) so I may pop into the attic and find another ball of chunky and knock myself up another one this evening in front of the telly.
So what stash busting projects are you guys thinking of tackling this year? I have got fabric and wool up the wazoo and could do with some inspiration to keep me on track.