DIY: Chunky Knitted Mega-Scarf From Felted Merino Yarn And Oversized Knitting Needles

20 08 2015

Have you ever seen a scarf in such gigantic stitches??

I knitted it from about 2kg felted Little Dandelion Merino yarn with over 1m long knitting tubes that have a diameter of 50mm.

What a great experience!! 

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

The finished scarf has a width of about 25cm and a length of 2.70m and is knitted it in garter stitch.

You can find the beautiful yarn and the oversized knitting needles  in my DaWanda Shop - I also wrote about the material in this recent post if you like to have more information.

The classic garter stitch looks so cool and modern because of the unusual dimensions, don't you think?

I like it so much, when my eyes get surprised by something I haven't seen yet and yes, I think, sometimes you just need/want/should have something extra special like this scarf... 

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

Plus the extra special experience to actually work with such amazing material and tools!!

I personally like it best sitting upright with enough free space around my arms while moving those mega knitting tubes.

The left tube has contact with the floor and is leaning against my outer left leg. If the knitting is on that left tube, my hand holds it up close to the tip.

The right arm and tube do the movement. I like to hold and balance that tube at about the beginning of the last third of the length not too close to the tip.

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

You will quickly figure out your very own way to handle the new dimensions - it's so much fun!!

So let's start with this easy scarf. 

For the scarf I chained 4 with just my fingers.

I show in this Video how to do that and you can also see me knitting the garter stitch and casting off in this scarf Video.

The next two pictures show the front and the back of the chain.

I like to get my actual stitches from the back of the chain where you see that middle loop running. 

That way I will get a nice, clean bottom edge.

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

The next pictures show how to build the stitches out of that foundation chain. The first one is already the open one from the chain.

Then you built 4 more to have 5 stitches altogether on your tube. 

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

Here are both sides after getting the stitches ready.

Now knit in garter stitch until desired length or until all yarn is almost gone. Keep a little bit at the end for casting off the stitches.

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

Place a knot at the end and weave in all endings.

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

You can also knit an amazing blanket or wall hanging with more yarn in the same way by chaining more stitches in the beginning.

DIY: chunky knitted wool blanket from felted merino yarn by lebenslustiger.com

DIY: Super chunky knitted scarf from felted merino wool yarn by lebenslustiger.com

Happy Day,

Anette 


3D Cube-Style Crochet Coasters

15 06 2015 DIY

If you have been on my blog before you might have seen our wonderful round solid oak table. (For example in this post)

The smooth surface of the table is just left natural and besides a light oil finish there is no protection especially against liquids.

But not only wood can react to spills - many other natural materials like marble for example are sensitiv too.

So I came up with some modern and stylish 3D cube-style crochet coasters which work perfect for hot cups of tea or what ever your favourite drink – warm or cold – might be.

Full DIY tutorial on how to tapestry crochet these cool 3D cube-style coasters by lebenslustiger.com

They also make great little gifts to bring at the next dinner party invitation ;-)

Plus you can work on them everywhere - don’t you love those little handwork projects you can work on while waiting somewhere?

You will make a set of 6 coasters in no time...

I have chosen two different grey tones – one lighter and the other one darker – and a beige and added splashes of colour in light peach, vanilla and orange.

Of course you can choose any colour combination you like.

I would just make sure to have a lighter and a darker shade and a contrasting third colour so the 3D effect will show.

I used a 4mm mercerised cotton yarn for crocheting because I liked the festive touch of the shimmer and the sturdiness oft the finished coaster. The technique I am using is tapestry crochet and I will walk you through step by step. Material list: I used “DROPS Muskat Mercerized” 100% Cotton but any other cotton yarn will do
  • Gauge: 10x10cm (4“x4“) 21st x 28 rows
  • Weight: 50gr (1.8 oz) = 100m (109yds)
Colors:
  • 19 light grey
  • 24 medium grey
  • 10 peach
  • 51 light orange
  • 30 vanilla yellow
  • 23 beige

Tools you need:

  • Crochet hook 4,5mm (UK7, US7)
  • Needles: 4mm or 4,5mm (US6 or 7/UK6 or 7)
  • Scissors
  • Needle to sew in the endings

A finished coaster has a hexagonal shape with the sides being about 5-6cm long and the diagonal about 10cm.

Full DIY tutorial on how to tapestry crochet these cool 3D cube-style coasters by lebenslustiger.com

Start: Yarn light grey

  • Ch 13

Row 1: position your second colour - orange in my case - to travel inside each grey Sc

  • Yarn light grey Sc1 in 2nd Ch from hook, Sc9

Now and in every row...

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Knitting And Felting A Seat Pad From Un-Spun Wool Roving

09 06 2015

Did you maybe read my recent post  about our chair-odyssey?

In that post you can see a photo of our table and the Adelaide chairs with little sheepskin pads in them.

I ordered those little fur pads because the plastic chairs seemed a bit cool especially in wintertime.

Honestly I did not like those little sheepskin pieces when they arrived - the white ones were bleached and the grey ones were dyed and I do not like such artificial treatments on a natural product.

But we kept them anyway because we needed something in the chairs. 

Now I finally came up with a new seat pads idea.

I didn't had to think too hard about it because chunky wool is always on my mind:) 

I just took my spare 500gr samples of un-spun wool roving and knitted seat pads with my fingers in stockinette pattern.

Of course you can also use large (25mm thick) needles for knitting these. 

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

I am located in Germany and wrote already in this DIY post where I obtained my roving and large needles.

I have chosen those varieties above simply because they were less expensive.

I can recommend all except the Herdwick! It looks interesting BUT it's extremely linty - even after felting. 

I started by chaining 7 or 8 with just my fingers (depending on the thickness of your roving and on how large you want your seat pad to be) as I would want to crochet.

Last year I made this video with DaWanda where I also show, how to chain with your fingers.

Out of the back of this chain I cast on my stitches. 

Knit about 9-11 rows or until almost all yarn from the 500r ball is gone, cast off and weave in the endings.

I just left the endings as is because I think it looks kinda cool.

If you decide about the size of your pad keep in mind, that the finished pad will shrink a bit during felting in the washing machine.

Here you can see how large mine were before felting - I put my flip-flops next to it so you get an idea about the actual size.

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

The pad on top is already felted - the others not yet.

I felted with normal but short 30degree cycle. That's different from how I felted the large grey blanket I showed you last week.

I wanted the seat pads to be even more durable since a lot weight is always on them.

It's still a good idea to start felting in the wool cycle because you can always run another cycle over your piece if it is really not felted enough.

But you can't undo it if you already felted too much. 

Also every washing machine will be a bit different. 

If you are going to use the normal 30degree short cycle like I did, your felted pice will look pretty crumpled when you take it off the machine.

Don't worry! 

It's best then to bring the still wet pad back to its original square or rectangle form by pulling strongly on all sides. It's easier when you can do it with another person so you can pul in opposite directions.

Lay flat and let completely dry after you brought it back to a good shape.

Here you can see my finished felted seat pad. 

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

It was the first one I made a few weeks ago and since then I use it in my Muuto chair.

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

And here are the others ones... 

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By

Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. Today is Creadienstag


Knitting A Blanket With Un-Spun Wool - Tips, Tricks And Measurements

02 06 2015

It's been already way over a year ago that I knitted this large grey blanket with un-spun wool (called "roving").

Ever since I wanted to let you know, how I did it but first our move came in between and then summer came along with no longing to touch warm wool.

Then fall and winter approached with me being super busy with my shops and now it's already basically summer again! Wowza! Time does really fly, doesn't it?

However - there is no difficulty at all to knit a giant blanket like this one and I figured, somewhere on this world it's winter right now so there you go...

DIY - Knit a chunky blanket from wool roving. Perfect for interior decoration - so warm and cozy! Full tutorial with measurements, tips and tricks on how to knit a large blanket with thick, un-spun yarn and how to felt it afterwards.

All you need is:

- Roving (I bought mine here because I am located in Germany: Das Wollschaf)

- Big 25mm needles (I bought mine here: handgefertigt-berlin.de)

- And some shoulder- and arm muscles.

If you don't have any of the latter you will have some after you finished a blanket ;-)

There are many different kind of rovings out there and since I had no idea, if the length of the fibres will matter or if any of the roving would work better I just choose my roving by color and low price.

DIY - Knit a chunky blanket from wool roving. Perfect for interior decoration - so warm and cozy! Full tutorial with measurements, tips and tricks on how to knit a large blanket with thick, un-spun yarn and how to felt it afterwards.

I went with grey Masham wool. First I ordered just 500gr to make a swatch and to see, if the wool would maybe be scratchy because of the lower price range.

But it turned out to be super soft and nice - just perfect!

It came in big balls with wide strands of roving and I decided to part each ball of strands to yield a thinner "yarn". 

So I parted the strands in half by sitting in front of a ball and pulling the strand CAREFULLY apart in the middle and have the parts then fallen off each of my legs. Then I loosely wound each part back into a ball.

Be aware of children and cats during this task! 

I made a knitted and a crocheted swatch and since I wanted to really use the blanket afterwards it needed to be more durable so I slightly felted the swatch pieces in my washing machine on WOOL CYCLE.

I highly recommend you do some swatches to see, how you like it best because every washing machine and every roving will be different! See if you like it better slightly felted or not felted at all. 

I loved the slightly felted stockinet most.

So I ordered more of the roving and started.

I chained 50 stitches and made 75 rows in stockinet stitch (row 1 knit, row 2 purl - repeat) 

I used up about 6kg of roving.

I tied all endings carefully and weaved in the endings with my fingers. 

DIY - Knit a chunky blanket from wool roving. Perfect for interior decoration - so warm and cozy! Full tutorial with measurements, tips and tricks on how to knit a large blanket with thick, un-spun yarn and how to felt it afterwards.

The finished blanket was now to heavy for my washing machine so I took it to my dry cleaner who also has a large washing machine with a WOOL CYCLE. 

Unfortunately their machine felted a bit stronger than mine did and the finished blanket is now 160x160cm - a bit smaller then I wanted it to be.

So you might want to check in with your dry cleaner as well beforehand if you need a precise size. 

For us it was ok - it's still really beautiful and we love it. We keep it on our bed and it was so nice and warm during the winter months.

And of course the cats love it as well :) 

DIY - Knit a chunky blanket from wool roving. Perfect for interior decoration - so warm and cozy! Full tutorial with measurements, tips and tricks on how to knit a large blanket with thick, un-spun yarn and how to felt it afterwards.

Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. Today is Creadienstag


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