I am starting my Christmas knitting early. I am on a roll and have completed two hat and scarf sets. I don't know how many items I will make as Christmas gifts, but I will just knit until I run out of time. That always seems to work :-)
I start out by buying some really cute yarn at a local store; they were inexpensive so I figured I'd buy a bunch and figure out what to do with them later. The first set of yarn is a wool-like multicolored strand with a novelty strand of mini fuzzy nubs on them wound together. I'll call this set of yarn "Fuzzy." The brand is Gala Yarns and I believe it is a yarn company that must buy out other company's yarns and recycles them. So I am being green by knitting something with recycled yarn.
The second set of yarn is a brown worsted weight acrylic yarn with a novelty strand of mini fuzzy nubs on them wound together, like in the other yarn. This set is also from Gala Yarns (again, being green). I will call this set of yarn "Wuzzy."
I decided to make a hat and scarf set for my friend's two daughters. I made them a hat last year (I Heart Hats) as well, so they can add these to their collection.
The scarves are first. It is a pattern that I am improvising on. Here is my pattern:
- Any yarn, at least one ball of 50g (more if you want fringe)
- Size 8 or 9 knitting needles (8 if thin yarn, 9 if thick yarn)
- Work the following pattern until you run out of yarn or reach the desired length:
- CO 16 st, loosely
- Row 1: k1, *yo, k2 tog, repeat from * to end
- Row 2: p
- Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you reach desired length
- Bind off loosely
- Cut fringe in 10" pieces for fringe that is about 5" long once attached
- For Fuzzy, I used 3 strands of yarn for each fringe
- For Wuzzy, I used 2 strands of yarn and one strand of ribbon for each fringe
- Attach fringe at the ends of scarf at the ribs
This pattern created a ribbed look with eyelets (holes) in between each rib. It was to have an easy pattern to mindlessly knit without a pattern, but different than stockinette.
Here is Fuzzy, while in the works:
Here is Wuzzy in the works:
Next was fringe. I cut 54, 10" strands for Fuzzy and 36, 10" strands for Wuzzy. Wuzzy also had 6, 10" strands of purple ribbon cut.
I explain how to attach fringe in a past post: Quintet Scarf. For Wuzzy, I placed the ribbon one on each end and one in the middle, so there are 3 strands of ribbon weaved in at each end.
On to the hats. The hat pattern is a pattern I have used in the past and love it. It is very versatile. That pattern is available in my I Heart Hats post. This time, the yarns were pretty thick, so the bottom edge did not naturally roll, so I made them like beanie hats. You gotta roll with the punches and just go with it.
How cute, huh?
Here are them as a set:
So, I can officially cross two little people off my list. Not too shabby.