Yarn Yarns

A friend from my local knitting guild sent me this link for a modular shawl which reminded me of my Diamond Cloak. Unfortunately, I only have a picture of the bottom:

Diamond Cloak

I got the idea from Vivian Hoxbro‘s Domino Knitting. Her “poncho” was in black with the occasional colored square. Unsurprisingly, I had to use color for mine!

I love doing modular knitting, but for the past year I have been more ambitious. I have been trying Freestyle knitting from Prudence Mapstone‘s Freeform Knitting and Crochet.

I had started using my Chapel Hill yarn purchases to make myself a freestyle vest/waistcoat, when serendipitously I was going through my yarn looking for different colors. I realized that I had lots of “scrumbles” of different sizes from a previous freestyle cardigan attempt so perhaps I should finish that project off before getting involved with the next.

So using some tissue wrapping paper I cut out a pattern and then I laid my scrumbles on top. One problem was that I was too rigidly sticking to squares & strips and this just wasn’t working when I tried to put the pieces together:

Freestyle Body

So I decided eventually not to use any of those pieces. I think I’ll make an afghan or cushion cover with them later.

The sleeves came out better:Freestyle sleeves

But I generally made my scrumbles too big. This is something that I have to work on. I started making new scrumbles using the same yarns and size 3 (US) double pointed needles. The needles are only 6″ long so this stops me making large scrumbles.

Since taking the photo the sleeves are complete and I am working on the body. I do more knitting than Prudence Mapstone as I am more comfortable with knitting.

I graft my scrumbles [can you tell I really like this word] together using a form of kitchener stitch, using a nearby yarn color. Somehow I prefer this to sewing! I also tried crocheting them together but this shows the join more.

It is great fun putting the different pieces on the pattern. I spend a lot of time rearranging the different pieces to fit together better. Like a jigsaw puzzle.

Lessons learned:

  • Keep an eye on UFOs [for the uninitiated: UnFinished Objects]
  • Keep pieces small
  • Draw out design and cut out template early
  • Leave longish ends of yarn to help with join
  • Start with a project that is more regular shaped that the cardigan design I ended up using. For example, a square cushion would be great.
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