Friday, 11 May 2012

Quick, Sharp and Lively

During my crafting intermission, I started and finished a very quick and satisfying project.

First I felt like dyeing some yarn. I didn't have any undyed/cream yarn available, but I did have 4 balls of the grey Fez yarn I used for my Narragansett. So, armed with Wiltons dye and Kool Aid, I had a lot of fun playing in the kitchen (although, if you saw my post on Monday, I did make one crucial mistake *laughs*)

So grey became a rusty sort of colour...


I hadn't initially got a plan for the yarn, but after it had dried I found myself really wanting to make something thick and chunky. I don't tend to buy chunky yarn, but as the newly dyed yarn had no plan I decided to knit 3 strands of it together. This had the added bonus of avoiding any strange pooling.

So, I knit a cowl. Thick, bulky, snuggly and really fast *grins*

I made the pattern up pretty much. I wanted to have the stitches sideways, so I used a provisional cast on, knit flat and then used a 3 needle bind off to seam it together. The "pattern" is just 1x1 rib for 4 stitches, stocking stitch to the last 4 stitches and more 1x1 rib.


Because of the chunkiness, I particularly like this with the reverse side showing...




But it works with the knit side out too. 


A perfect project for a quick break from my current projects *smiles*

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19 comments:

  1. Thick, bulky and snuggly! :-) I like it!

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  2. oooh, I like that cowl and the beautiful color. I've bought some yarn a few times on clearance that I overdyed and made a beautiful color. Good call on your over-dye.

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  3. I'll be needing something like that over here soon... its getting colder all the time. Brrrrr!

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  4. The color came out lovely with a darker base yarn. Great looking cowl much bigger than it looked in the first photo!

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  5. Funny I just finished making a chunky cowl before I read your post!!
    Love yours, so cosy looking, and love the colour!!

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  6. Great job on the over-dye! It turned out gorgeous!

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  7. I love my cowls to be in bulky yarn too. It's so great to have squishy soft yarn cradling your neck. I really like the color =)

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  8. oooh that yarn is super pretty, and i love the colour - congraulations on your first yarn dyeing project, it's awesome!!! have a great day xxx

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  9. What an awesome project, I love the colour and the stitches you put together to make the cowl are brilliant, I love the textured edging and how marvellously snuggly it looks. You wear cowls so well!

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  10. It's really nice! And I also love the wrong side of chunky knits - something so squishy about it!

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  11. Very frugal of you. The cowl turned out great!

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  12. It turned out very lovely. Unfortunately, I just don't "get" cowls and I look silly wearing them. Of course, the silly part could be just because I don't "get" them in the first place...

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  13. I love the dying! And it looks gorgeous and very snuggly

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  14. Very cute!! A great way to get your crafting vibe back! I love dyeing yarn- so much fun :)

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  15. The cowl looks great, but I love that you dyed the yarn yourself for it! Awesome job!

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  16. That cowl has such a lovely texture. Very, very pretty! The color looks great on you too. I'm amazed at what you can do with such simple yarn. You are also such a genius with food dyes, I can never get colors like that.

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  17. That is lovely! I love how you made the yarn so beautiful! And the cowl is gorgeous.

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  18. Ooo, awesome color, much prettier than the grey. Cute cowl.

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