A Needle Pulling Thread Spring 2017 Sampler

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The theme of this spring issue is using scraps and you'll be stunned at the amount of techniques covered in this stellar issue. See 4 ways to create captivating quilt blocks using foundation piecing, string piecing, paper piecing and curved piecing, using step by step pictures to show you these rather easy quilting techniques, that offer a lot of punch! Explore all 8 sensational quilting projects. Furthermore see how to make a charming rug using rare crochet stitches that looked layered!

Knit the Woven Transverse Twill pattern to add real interest to your knitting projects using scraps. In My Heart is a gorgeous cross stitched heart that will inspire you to use your creativity to finish cross stitch projects to really make them your own. And did I tell you? Audrey Hepburn is in this issue too...check it out! There's so much more.

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Scraps are Treasures

It's safe to say that the majority of quilters and

knitters have a hard time throwing out leftover

fabric and yarn. As quilters and knitters, it's love

at first sight when we see that particular fabric

and yarn, and that love continues well after the

project is done. The leftovers are loved just as

much as when we first bought the whole piece

of fabric or the whole skein of yarn.

What's more is that I have different see-through

boxes to store leftover fabrics, keyword being

'see-through', as I walk by it, the love for these

scraps grows and my heart is happy. I also have

a very, very large glass jar with a lid on it where

I store my beloved leftover yarns. Little balls,

medium balls, are so adorable in that glass

jar by the family picture frames. People find

it funny I should use yarn as a piece of decor,

and usually it's someone I haven't managed to

engage in the needle arts!

It's interesting to consider how leftovers will

be used, or matched up with other scraps

left from other cherished projects. The sense

of anticipation and wonder, and really we're

scoping out and thinking what that project

could possibly be, is half of the excitement!

Wonder no more. I've asked our contributors

to make up projects using leftovers and it's

stunning what they've come up with. And they

have shared useful techniques to accomplish

great needlework.

This issue is a little special since mom and I

have collaborated in a project called

In My Heart, a cross stitched project finished as

a quilt block and as an ornament. This is a great

example on how a project can be finished

differently to make it your own. Never again to

look at an inspiring needlework project and try

to duplicate it - make it your own by finishing it

exactly as YOU wish it in your heart.

Scraps ARE treasures, even when we realize

we'll never use these again, we don't throw

them out, we find them a better home, passing

them on to another quilter or knitter.

Cheerfully,

MAKE & BE HAPPY

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10 Brampton Sew N Serge

Doreen G. Teasdale

quilting

I Am Scrapped!

14 Cathy McClean

quilting

Scrappy House Placemats

18 Lynn Swanson

quilting

The Scrap Buster Tote

22 Jackie White

quilting

A Walk Back in Time Quilt

32 Elaine Theriault

quilting

A Stitch in Time Quilt

34 The Quilt Store

Clodah Coker

quilting

Spring Curves Quilt

38 Nancy Devine

paper piecing

Thinking Outside the

Paper Piecing lines

42 Lucy Garvin

foundation piecing

Tote-ally Awesome

58 Cynthia MacDougall

knit together

Scrap Happy

60 Cynthia MacDougall

knitting

Afghan Scraps Cushion Tops

64 Denise Powell

knitting

Something from (Almost) Nothing

66 Jacqueline Grice

knitting

Cabled Leftovers Neck Roll

68 Red Heart, Michele Wilcox

crochet

Take-a-long Blue Tote

72 Ruth I. Forbes

crochet

Serene Rug

78 Carla A. Canonico

Delfina Canonico

cross stitch

In My Heart

84 Joanne Gatenby

cross stitch

Possible

88 Sue Davies

embroidery

Fun with Pyramids

94 Kim Beamish

embroidery

Odds and Ends Tags

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special

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26 Elaine Theriault

String Quilt Block Using

Foundation Piecing

90 Judith Marquis

Fabric Ratios for Smocking

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3 Editor’s Letter

6 Mark Your Calendars!

6 Advertiser Index

8 Hooked on Books

The latest in needlework books

63 Knitting

Standard Abbreviations & Terms

98 Business Directory

Artist Review

17 Valerie Garnett

Memories of a Tin Mine

37 Debbie Smith

Christ Church, Kettleby

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In the Loop

52 Canadian Quilters' Association

54 Oakville Fibre Artists

74 From Sheep to Stitches - The Irish Tourism Group

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

To list your event in this space please call 1.866.969.2678.

April 29-30, 2017

Toronto Knitters Frolic

Organized by the Toronto Knitters Guild

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre,

6 Garamond Crt, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Z5

Workshops: Sat 9am-4:30pm, Sun 9am - 12pm.

Marketplace: Sat 9am-4:30pm. Admission $7.

Frolic Spring Social: Sun 1pm-4pm

2017 marks our 20 th Frolic and we are excited

to present two days of Workshops, our

fabulous yarn and fibre Marketplace featuring

50 vendors from across Canada and our

new for 2017 Frolic Spring Social! For more

information visit frolic.torontoknittersguild.ca.

April 28-29, 2017

Creativ Festival

International Centre

6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8

Two-day interactive experience, where shopping,

inspiration & creativity flourish! Get in-theknow

and stay on top of what's hot, new and

next in the world of sewing, knitting, quilting,

beading, needlework, paper crafts, embellishing

and other creative art forms. Design it! Create

it! Embellish it! Make it YOU! For more info:

www.creativfestival.ca or call 1.855.723.1156.

April 28 - 30, 2017

Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG)

51 st Annual Conference, Workshop & Rug Show:

"Images of Canada"

(Traditional and primitive rug-hooking)

Best Western Cobourg & Cobourg Community Centre

The OHCG celebrates the traditional art and craft of

rughooking with wool fabric & yarn, while embracing

new and creative ways to hook rugs. The OHCG

Annual Conference & Rug Show celebrates Canada's

150 th in picturesque Cobourg. See hundreds of

wonderful rugs on public display Sunday April 30 th .

Admission $10.

For more information visit www.ohcg.org.

May 25 - June 3, 2017

Saskatchewan Stitches Conference

St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Stitches Conference offers creative

classes with renowned fibre and needle work

artists and attracts participants from across Canada

who love to sew, knit, quilt and rughook. Forms and

details at www.saskstitches.ca or call 1.800.344.6024.

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Saturday May 27, 2017

Prince Edward County FibreFest

Picton Arena and Prince Edward Community Centre

375 Main St, Picton Fair Grounds, Picton, ON K0K 2T0

Over 50 diverse vendors from all over Ontario

and Quebec carrying fibre, felted garments,

hand dyed wool, fleece, yarns and so much

more! Classes in felting, spinning, knitting, button

making, and more. Visit fuzzy fibre friends

including alpacas, sheep, and rabbits. Sheep

shearing demonstrations. Local food trucks. $5

admission. Children 12 & under free. For more info

visit www.fibrefest.ca or email info@fibrefest.ca.

June 23-24, 2017

Sew Much to Celebrate Eh! Quilt Show

Presented by Queen's Bush Quilters, Markdale

Markdale Arena, 75 Walker St,

Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm

Over 100 new quilts, quilt raffle, draws,

tea room, merchant mall, vintage quilt

display, and special guests Grey Highlands

Hooking Craft Guild! Admission $8.

For more information visit us on Facebook

at facebook.com/QueensBushQuilters, or

email thequeensbushquilters@gmail.com.

September 16-17, 2017

Harvest of Quilts Show and Sale

Presented by Settler's Village Quilters

Bobcaygeon Curling Club,

49 Mansfield St, Bobcaygeon, Ontario K0M 1A0

Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm. Also featured

will be a Merchants Mall, Demonstrations,

Members Boutique, Quilt Raffle with

refreshments available on site. Admission $5.

Saturday October 14, 2017, 9am to 5:00pm

Woodstock Fleece Festival

The Woodstock Fairgrounds,

875 Nellis St, Woodstock, Ontario N4S 4C6

Our annual event invites fibre artists and others to

join together in an atmosphere of appreciation,

learning and camaraderie. ​The show incorporates

workshops and demonstrations from top

instructors. Exhibition booths sell everything

from raw fibre to quality finished goods. It is

also a great place to have lunch! We showcase

spinning, weaving, rughooking, felting, & knitting

with natural fibres. Workshop pre-registration

is available on our website. In addition, we offer

on-going demonstrations and live fibre animal

displays. Admission: Adults: $8; 15 & under Free.

For more info visit www.fleecefestival.com or

contact Catherine Stark at 519.458.8631.

Showguides Unlimited, an extensive listing

of the year's best shows including art and

craft (juried and non-juried), needlework,

woodworking, festivals and bazaars throughout

Ontario; also craft show tips, etiquette and

useful planning calendar; available at $24.99 plus

$5.00 S&H. For more info or to order online visit

www.ontarioshowguide.com, or call 1.800.671.2272.

Advertiser Index

97 BF Designs

99 Brother

98 Business Directory

63 Canadian Guild of Knitters

25 Canadian Quilters' Association

41 CreativFestival

97 Crochet Designs by NanaRuth

97 Embroidery Association of Canada

100 Gütermann Creativ

97 Harebrained Happenings

51 Haus of Stitches

77 Irish Tourism

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QUILTING CONTRIBUTOR

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KNITTING CONTRIBUTOR

Cynthia MacDougall

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EDITORIAL

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SPECIAL THANKS TO

All the contributors, Rosalie I. Tennison, Alessia and Adriano, mom.

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51 Lowery Workstands

87 MarNic Designs

71 Mary Maxim

57 Northcott Fabrics

25 Ontario Hooking Craft Guild

02 Husqvarna Viking

69 Red Heart

97 Rypan Designs

06 Sandpiper Creations

07 Unique Knitting & Crochet

13 WonderFil Threads

87 X's & Oh's


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hooked on books

Dyeing to Spin & Knit

Felicia Lo

“Unapologetic” is how Felicia Lo always describes her

obsession with colour and craft. In Dyeing to Spin

and Knit, Felicia, founder and creative director of

SweetGeorgia Yarns and highly sought after teacher

and lecturer, provides clear and accessible guidance

for creating gorgeous hand-dyed yarns and spinning

fibers and an understanding of how dyeing affects

knitted yarn and handspun yarn.

Complete with detailed photographs from Felicia’s

own dyeing studio, Dyeing to Spin and Knit offers a

master class in preparing hand-dyed yarns and fibers.

Ignite your love of colour – unapologetically!

162 Pages, ISBN 978-1-63250-410-4

Interweave

interweave.com

Bath Knits

Mary Beth Temple

Pamper yourself with knitted bathroom style! Create

a spa-like-feel in your own bath with luxurious

knitted towels and accessories. These designs offer

a clean, modern look in contemporary colours

and fibers. Most patterns are easy to intermediate

in skill level and are quick knits that will have your

bathroom looking its best in no time.

Looking to knit the perfect gift? These items make

thoughtful housewarming or hostess gifts and are

also great for recent grads and new moms. Features

30 original knitting patterns and instructions, like

washcloths and mitts, a robe, slippers and pedicure

socks and it includes bathroom décor accessories.

80 Pages, ISBN 978-0-8117-1657-4

Stackpole Books

stackpolebooks.com

Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers

Judy Gauthier

You'll actually be hungry for more leftovers

Are you swimming in fabric scraps from sewing

garments, bags, and quilts? Learn to rescue and

reuse fabric leftovers with 12 stunning, colourful

quilt patterns for scrap lovers. Judy Gauthier teaches

you her indispensable system for cutting usable

squares from real, oddly shaped scraps, not just strips

or precuts! Cut scraps into 3½", 4½", and 5½" squares,

a magical combination for both beginning quilters

and more advanced piecers, using traditional rotary

cutting or Judy's fast2cut Simple Square Templates.

Judy’s clever organizing and quilt-assembly tips will

help you uncover hidden treasures from your stash.

96 Pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-461-5

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers

Natalia Bonner

Put a feather in your quilting cap

Take the fear out of quilting feathers! Explore 68

modern feather designs with step-by-step guidance

from award-winning quilter Natalia Bonner. Quilt

stunning feathers on a variety of blocks and borders

with this beginner-friendly, visual guide. Unlike

traditional feather quilting, which relies on exactness

and precision, Natalia’s ideas will help you break

away from perfection and find creativity in your

quilting practice. Use your home sewing machine or

a longarm to free-motion feathers with confidence,

adding a truly elegant finish to today’s modern quilts.

144 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-506-3

C&T Publishing

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Artful Log Cabin Quilts

Katie Pasquini Masopust

Take the first steps to becoming an art quilter with

popular teacher and best-selling author Katie Pasquini

Masopust. Starting with an inspiration photo or

painting, choose fabrics to create your own artistic

log cabin quilts. Learn to navigate visual pathways

and composition, applying easy techniques and

experimenting with colour. Student work is presented,

showing that anyone can create an art quilt! Design

and make your masterpiece with freeform log cabin

blocks using this versatile method.

80 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-450-9

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

New York Beauties & Flying Geese

Carl Hentsch

Dramatic curves and angles for today's

adventurous quilter

Become a skilled foundation piecer with New York

Beauty blocks and arcs of Flying Geese that amaze! Carl

Hentsch simplifies a technique loved by many with his

straightforward approach to curved piecing, foundation

piecing, and simple machine applique. Stitch your

way through 31 architectural block patterns, ideal for

advanced beginners and intermediate quilters. Then it's

time to practice on 10 full-size quilts and 27 bonus pillow

projects with lively colour combinations to provide

movement and drama.

96 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-176-8

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

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hooked on books

Knit Blankets & Throws with Madmoiselle Sophie

Mlle Sophie

Mlle Sophie brings her clean, modern look and international

flair to this collection of blankets and throws

for the home and family. Her designs have a timeless

vibe that works well in any decor; just change the

yarn colour to suit your favorite palette. The 18 funto-knit

patterns are suitable for beginners but have

just enough detail to keep the knitting interesting

and give each piece a unique allure.

Blankets make wonderful, heartfelt gifts, too! Send

off a recent grad to college with a throw in school

colours. Cuddle a baby in fluffy softness. Warm a

home with an elegant new afghan. This is a book

that you will turn to for years to come.

124 Pages, ISBN 978-0-8117-1791-5

Stackpole Books

stackpolebooks.com

True Blue Quilts

Annette Plog

Sew 15 Reproduction Quilts Honoring 19th-

Century Designs

The blue-and-white quilt is one of the most desired

antiques, and many can still be found in good

condition. Learn the history of blue fabrics used

during the 19th century, from the first production

of indigo fabrics through the invention of the

sewing machine, and up to the development of

synthetic dyes in the late 1800s. Get inspired to

design and create your own heirlooms, stitching

up 15 historically accurate reproduction quilts from

traditional blocks.

80 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-340-3

C&T Publishing

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Wonderful One Patch Quilts

Sarah Nephew and Marci Baker

A new angle on classic quilt designs

What can you sew with a 60° ruler and a simple,

repeated shape? The possibilities are endless!

Favorite authors Sara Nephew and Marci Baker are

back with 20 beautifully bold one-patch quilts made

from triangles, half-hexagons, diamonds and more.

With their eye-catching colour placement and clever

pieced units like half-triangles and quarter-hexagons,

no two quilts look alike. For even more variety, pick

your favorite method – working from scraps or strip

piecing yardage – to create an array of quilts from

wallhangings to full-size beauties.

128 pages, ISBN 978-161745-467-7

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Robin Vizzone's Peculiar Primitives

Piecing, Appliqué, Quilting & More

Robin Vizzone

Stitches that tell a story

Primitive lines harken back to our American roots,

reminding us of simpler times. Embrace the beauty

of hand stitching with whimsical, age-worn designs.

From wall quilts to table toppers and primitive dolls

to pincushions, you'll sew 12 handcrafted projects

with eccentric flair and distinct character – ideal for

both beginners and more experienced sewists. Your

stitches are meant to tell a story, so put perfection

to the side as you create memories with felted wool,

distressed cottons, and embroidery thread.

80 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-484-4

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Sew Small

19 Little Bags

Jennifer Heynen

Pretty and practical organizers to sew

Sew 19 simply embellished projects including a card

holder, coin purses, earbud holder, small wallets,

pouches and organizers. These cute and useful bags are

perfect for holding and organizing all of your little things.

Personalize the organizers with adorable embellishments

and appliqués and use up your scraps, trims, and

other odds and ends in the process! Whip one up in

an afternoon or bring your handwork with you – small

pieces make these projects fun and easy to work on

anywhere. Great to give as gifts or keep for yourself, these

tiny bags will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

112 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-433-2

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

Stitching with Beatrix Potter

Michele Hill

Bring Beatrix Potter’s delightful stories to life

This book gathers together 10 easy yet elegant

projects celebrating the life and talents of Beatrix

Potter. With 10 appliqué and 6 embroidery designs,

even beginning stitchers can work with hexagons

to create a beautiful embroidered quilt, stitch up a

cushion based on The Tailor of Gloucester, appliqué

a wool storage box, and construct a beautiful

wedding quilt based on one from Beatrix Potter’s

home. Plus, all-of-the designs can easily be adapted

– just add a dash of imagination to create bags,

appliquéd pinafores, or embroidered gifts.

64 pages, ISBN 978-1-61745-610-7

C&T Publishing

ctpub.com

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Scrappy House Placemats

It’s time to play with your sewing machine!

Since we so often go to our sewing rooms with a specific task or project in mind, we often

forget to make the time to experiment. But did you know that the very best way to get the

most of your sewing machine is to play with different stitches and techniques that you have

never used? Why not try decorative threads, decorative stitches, using twin needles, and/or

placing multiple threads through the eye of one needle? You just might land on a technique

or look that becomes a fast favourite for your subsequent projects.

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A Walk Back in Time Quilt


June 14 to 17 • The International Centre • Toronto

Join us to celebrate

Canada’s Birthday!

· Workshops · Lectures · Merchant Mall

· Daily Demos · Big Quilt Bee · Food Court

· Over 400 quilts on display including:

· National Juried Show · Quilts of Valour

· Cantik Batiks Youth Challenge

· Trend-Tex Challenge · Fibre Art Network

· Newfoundland WWI Commemorative Quilts

· Guild Rosette quilts and so much more!

Big Quilt Bee

2016 National Juried Show:

Excellence in Midarm/Longarm Quilting

Michaela Byrne, Kelowna, BC

Volunteer!

Interested in volunteering

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We need your help!

Contact Volunteer Coordinators

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Thinking

outside

the paper

piecing lines

A while ago, I embraced paper piecing as a way

to use up all the threads of my most precious

fabric scraps.

Before long, hexagons joined forces to create

flowers to applique onto projects. Pentagons

banded together to create soft balls, perfect

for kids to play with, or joined together to

create fabric snow people. See the blog post

called Paper-piecing Percy the snowman on

QUILTsocial.com for more about that project.

As I churned out both kinds of shapes while

watching a PVRed marathon, I idly wondered

how both shapes would combine.

In theory, a pentagon will create a sphere when

12 of them are joined together. Hexagons

will create fields of flowers when they are

sewn together. But what would happen if the

hexagon took center stage surrounded by

pentagon petals?

And, what if instead of being pieced around

paper, the pieces were formed around Peltex,

an ultra-firm interfacing, normally used to

create firm bottoms for bags or foundations

for things like stationary folders.

The answer is a pretty sweet bowl that can

be used as a catch-all or to place at your door

filled with wrapped sweets to welcome guests.

My version is reversible. You can fussy cut

some holiday fabric for one center hexi and

use year-round fabric for the other side. When

the holidays are over, you can turn the bowl to

the other side around for all-year display.

Best of all, the whole project is done by hand,

so bring on those TV marathons!


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Afghan Scraps Cushion Tops

Last fall, after 3 years, I finally

completed an afghan that was made

in “crayon colours”. When it came to

the outside border, I added more yarn

for the border so I could make better

use of the fabulous center colours by

incorporating a customized colour-block

design. When I still had yarn scraps

in all of the colours left, I wanted to

keep going. So, I created these crayoncoloured

cushion tops.

In my early June blog posts on

KNITmuch, I made several samples of

the afghan design I made for the Fun

with Flags series. The main afghan was

red and gold, but one of the samples

was made in blue and gold. This colour

combination was admired by all who

saw it, so I decided to try out the stained

glass cushion top on the scraps of blue

and gold yarn as in these pictures.

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A Needle Pulling Thread

Standard abbreviations & terms

alt = alternate

approx = approximately

beg = begin(ning)

BO= bind off

CC = contrast colour

ch = chain

cm = centimetre(s)

cn = cable needle

CO = cast on

cont = continue, continuing

dc = double crochet

dec = decrease(s), decreasing

dpn = double-pointed needle(s)

foll = following

g = gram(s)

inc = increase(s), increasing

in(s) = inch(es)

k = knit

kf&b or kfb = knit into front and back of st

(increase)

k2tog = knit 2 sts tog (right-leaning decrease)

K3tog = knit 3 sts together (double rightleaning

decrease)

M = marker

m = metre(s)

M1 = Make 1 stitch: pick up the horizontal

strand between 2 stitches from front to

back and knit it tbl (lifted increase)

MC = main colour

mm = millimetre(s)

oz = ounce(s)

p = purl

p2tog = purl 2 sts tog (decrease)

patt = pattern

pfb = purl into front and back of stitch (increase)

pm = place marker

psso = pass slipped stitch over

RS = right side

rem = remain(ing)

rep = repeat

rev = reverse

rnd = round

sc = single crochet

sl = slip

skp = slip one st, knit next st, pass slipped st

over knit st (dec)

ssk = slip, slip, knit: slip 2 sts knitwise, 1 at a

time, insert left-hand needle into front of

both sts and knit them tog (left-leaning

decrease)

Sssk = Slip next three stitches individually,

knitwise. Insert tip of left needle from

front to back into the fronts of these three

stitches and knit them together (double

left-leaning decrease)

st(s) = stitch(es)

St st = stocking stitch

tbl = through back loop

tog = together

tr = treble crochet

WS = wrong side

yo = yarn over

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Something from (almost) nothing

When you’ve been a knitter for a while, you usually develop a stash of

leftover yarns; half a ball of this, a few dozen meters of that - too much

to throw away, but not enough for a new project.

My usual solution to this is to make hats! Some go to friends and family,

but most to a local organization that distributes warm clothing in the

autumn to anyone that needs it.

This is the recipe for one of my favourite styles of hat or headband, great

for using leftovers. The headband took only 35g total and each row took

less than 3 meters (3¼yds), so you can use quite small lengths of scrap

yarn. The hats weighed 51g (pink/white) and 67g (green).

All yarns used are Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash, left over from

my project in the Winter 2016 issue, Snowflakes and Evergreens Cardigan.

The pattern used is a circular variation of the Woven Transverse

Herringbone from A Treasure of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G Walker.

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Cabled Leftovers

Neck Roll

What to do with leftover yarns? One of my favourite

ways to used up leftover yarn is to combine it with a

skein of yarn I wasn’t able to resist at my local yarn

shop. Adding leftover yarn is fairly easy as a concept, but

finding the right pattern can sometimes be a challenge.

I approach the challenge intuitively. I set my mind free

and explore stitches. I choose a stitch, cast on with any

weight yarn then add other stitches to it. It truly is

amazing what can come of this.

To create this neck roll pillow I used different weights of

yarn in several colours of yellow and included some grey.

I had a neck roll form laying around the house that I was

happy to put to good use.

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Unlike the canvas

artist who can mix

colours as required,

I rely on yarn

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Fun with

Pyramids

The stitches used in the

samples are common, but the

beauty of these little treasures

is that it allows us to explore

other stitches with quick

gratification and very little

risk. Make your own design,

perhaps a little cottage, a

miniature garden, or little fish,

whatever it is – make it your

own and have fun!

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