Last weekend I traveled to Rochester, NY to visit my son. Since he’s in school there, I knew I would have a lot of free time…to knit! So I decided to pack up the blanket I’ve been working on for him. It’s slowly growing, but so are all those ends! It’s a project I absolutely love working on, but I knew I needed to stop the knitting until I got caught up on the sewing. Yikes!
So, knowing I also needed to balance the sewing with a little fun knitting, I brought along a bag of stash yarns, too. I’ve been feeling a little behind in getting the December Knitting Monthly project started, so I pulled together a bag of small balls with the intent to get the juices flowing.
A little tip: I like to wind my stash yarns into 15 and 30 yard balls. It helps me to know and organize what I have. Then when I’m ready for a project, I only need to concern myself with color.
I pulled together a nice color scheme then packed in a partial ball of Tahoe as the main color. I’d used Tahoe in Mirna and knew it would be luscious to use as a base for a combination of textures and fibers.
Here’s what I came up with.
I basically started with making a swatch. Then I thought I’d sew it into a tube to make a wrist warmer. And I made another. I could have mixed it up a little more and used a different combination of the stash yarns, but there was enough variation in the ribbons that I decided to work both pieces the same.
But when it came time to sew in those 26 little ends, I just couldn’t make myself do it. I could not sew in one more end!
So I braided each group of three, left the tails hanging, and sewed on buttons- (you know I love buttons, right?) – to join the two sides, using the base of the braid as a buttonhole.
The pattern, roughly written:
- approximately 10 yards of 12 different yarns (shoot for a worsted weight- combine 2 or more finer yarns as needed, but you’ll need 10 yards of each)
- approximately 130 yards of your main color
- size US 9 knitting needles
- eight (5/8inch) buttons
- darning needle (just for the two main color ends!)
Long tail cast on 30 stitches with the main color. Knit one row.
*Leaving a tail, knit one row, purl one row with one of the stash yarns
Knit 2 rows with main color.
Repeat from* until all 12 stash yarns are used.
Bind off with main color.
Braid each set of 3 stash yarns. Darn in main color. Sew on buttons to correspond to braids.
And if you’re in the Knitting Monthly, we take this idea a step further for the December project. Enjoy!