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knitting, sewing and crafting by Kendra Turner

Month: August 2015

Little Millie’s Rainbow Scarf

I originally saw this scarf on Pinterest as a crochet pattern… too bad I have no idea how to crochet anything! But it immediately made me think of my daughter Emilia – its sunny, adorable and a little bit MLP Rainbow Dash-y. So, I scrounged up some colors from my ever-growing yarn stash and made this little garter stitch scarf.

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I didn’t want it to follow the traditional rainbow color pattern, and because it was for Emilia, I definitely had to include pink and leave out blue. Ultimately, I think these colors are all joyful shades that speak more to girls than the usual ROYGBIV.

I was so pleased with the simplicity and feeling of this scarf that I decided to add it to the Etsy shop and the winter craft show inventory. It’s just one of those projects you can enjoy making again and again AND it appeals to so many different girls and women. That doesn’t happen very often ;).

Materials:

6mm circular needle at least 29” in length (I like Susan Bates Velocity needles if you’re looking for a recommendation)

6 shades of worsted weight yarn (color and order are up to you)

I used I Love This Yarn  in the following colors and order:

  1. Red
  2. Hot Rose
  3. Mulberry
  4. Turquoise
  5. Keylime
  6. Yellow

Gauge: 16 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch.

Sizes: Little Girl (2-5)/ Bigger Girl (6-12)/ Grown Girl (13 and up)

Finished Measurements: 3” wide and 48”/60”/72” long

To Begin, with color #1, CO 190/238/286 stitches. I used a long tail CO, but you may use whatever you prefer. Keep your stitches nice and loose so you don’t warp this end of your scarf.

Continuing with color #1, knit two more rows. You should now be back at the side of your work where the leftover yarn from your long tail cast on is hanging.

Change to color #2. Knit four rows, until your back at the joined edge.

Change to color #3. Knit four rows, until your back at the joined edge.

Continue this way for colors #4 and #5.

Now change to color #6. Knit ONLY two rows. Bind off loosely.

Weave in all your ends.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right?!

 

Everett’s Toddler Snuggler

I know. I’ve been gone for almost two months. I guess I was enjoying summer vacation a little too much LOL! I’ve got about a dozen projects made during that time and none of them blogged!!! So, first one from the summer: Everett’s blanket.

He kept pestering me to make one and I didn’t want to (I know he’ll out-grow it soon enough). But who can say no to this face?

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First, we went shopping. Everett picked out a few colors from Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice line – I figured if he chooses, he’s much more likely to actually USE the blanket. I think he was drawn to them because they’re very “boy.” I like that they’re really rich colors, combined with serious wash-ability at a reasonable cost. I used 8 skeins total (The original pattern uses 7, but he wanted the blanket to be taller than he is). Each stripe used virtually a whole skein. I generally ended the stripes with only 6-7 yards remaining. Because I was able to use my Joann 50% coupons for this yarn, I paid only $16. YAY! You’ve gotta make good use of all those e-mails they send you!

The original pattern for this blanket is from The Purl Bee. They always have the cutest modern blankets! But because I used a yarn with more body and structure than they did, I used 10mm needles instead of 8mm needles. The larger needles and extra stripe increased my blanket size to 31”x 45” (the original pattern is 26”x33”). If you’d like to use a Lion Brand yarn with the smaller 8mm needles, I’d recommend their Heartland line. It’s also worsted weight, but nice and delicate so it won’t stiffen up on you. If you’re making this for a spring/summer baby, and you want to use cotton, I’d recommend I Love This Cotton… great colors, great texture for this project and not too pricey.

http://www.purlbee.com/2011/09/15/whits-knits-chevron-baby-blanket/

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The great thing about this pattern is that there are only 2 rows to memorize and it yields a beautiful design! Also, big needles = FAST.

blanketyarnIf you’re wondering what colors these are…

  1. Kelly Green
  2. Fern
  3. Sapphire
  4. Dusty Blue
  5. Charcoal Grey
  6. Silver Grey
  7. Rust
  8. Mustard

I’m definitely thinking I’ll make another of these one day… but baby size. It’s just a fun project and it’d make a fabulous baby shower gift! If you try it, I’d love to see pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

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