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An Update, Arm Knitting and Some Crochet
I’m back with some scarves. I use to do a lot of knitting but working two needles and holding up the weight of a garment to manouver the knitting needles became too much for me with my arms being affected by my health issues, so I started doing some crocheted items. Less of a problem with loosing stitches as of course only working with one stitch at a time, not a whole knitting needle of stitches that have the habit of coming off if I have to put my arms down mid row. And it is also easier to work with the growing piece of crochet resting more on my lap, so less weight to contend with. I can’t manage consistent tension to do any real garments, but other things, like hats, scarves, blankets, bags, etc., I do manage.
I have got a very large granny square blanket on the go, and have had it on the go for a couple of years. It is now as tall as my youngest nephew, if not a bit taller – and as it’s a square the same width. I have to work on that while in an armchair in the sitting room to have the weight spread across the arms of the chair. That is my large, ongoing, project. But while working on that I’ve also been making smaller items.
What I’ve got to show you today are not exactly traditional scarves because of the yarn I’ve used for two of them, but I hope you like them.
Have you ever tried arm knitting. I got a few rolls of this “Yarn”
For this first piece I did some arm knitting – casting on three stitches and using my arms as “knitting needles”. One skein of yarn makes one scarf.
This photo was taken in more of a shaddow and so shows the loops of the chain a bit better.
With the loops on my arms, and sat in bed watching TV, I could just pull a few loops, knitting from one side to the other, and then put my arms down to rest, without the stitches falling off past my tumbs sticking out, and the whole thing didn’t take me an hour to make.
For this scarf I used the same yarn but decided to crochet into the side of the yarn. By picking up a piece of the side of the wide ribbon yarn, then scooping up another piece onto the crochet hook, then another, before taking the last loop through the first two, it started gathering up the edge of the wide ribbon yarn and gave the other edge a ruffled look.
By continuing to pick up two loop fulls of the ribbon yarn edge and taking the last through all the way along the edge of the yarn the whole lot became ruffled, and tended to twirl round on itself, making an unusual type of scarff.
This next scarf is a more traditional crochet item. Made using treble stitches throughout.
Here’s a closeup of the stitches and edge.
Here’s the whole scarf.
I’ve tried to spread the scarf a bit more out for this photo to give you a better idea of the length.
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