Do I Have Enough Yarn Left To Knit Another Row?

We’ve all been there, right? Maybe you are following a pattern and want to make the scarf/cowl/sleeve a little longer than called for. Or you are creating your own knitted item and just aren’t sure if that little ball of yarn that is left is enough for one more repeat of the stitch pattern or one more row or one more round. There are a few options in this situation.

Option 1: Just don’t bother. It’s too complicated to figure out. You can live with it the way it is. Finish up and move on.

Option 2: Thread a lifeline. Start another repeat/row/round. See how far you get. If you can’t do a full repeat then rip back to the lifeline, finish up, and move on.

Option 3: Use your handy kitchen scale early in the project to weight your yarn before and after working a full repeat or row or round so that you know exactly how much one weighs. Then, toward the end of the project, you can weigh that ball of yarn and know whether or not you can get another one out of it or not.

Option 1 is for the ‘laissez-faire’ knitter – what will be will be. Option 2 is for the comfortable knitter who just can’t get up off the couch right now to go to the kitchen and use the scale. Option 3 is for the knitter who is always prepared.

yarn on scaleI love option 3, and used it recently when I designed the Bulky Lace Cowl. I had two skeins of yarn and wanted to use up every last bit of it. I worked on the project for a while and then at a point when it was time to start a new repeat of the lace stitch pattern I weighed my ball of yarn. I wrote down the weight so I wouldn’t forget. I worked a full repeat. Then I weighed my yarn again. I subtracted the two numbers. I did this a couple of times to be sure. My repeats, using Malabrigo Mecha, averaged about 14 grams each. So I knew when I got close to the end of my cowl that when I weighed my ball of remaining yarn I needed at least 14 grams of yarn for one more repeat plus enough to finish the cowl and bind off. (Always weigh your own yarn for your own project. Each yarn is different and everyone’s gauge is different).

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When I was all done I had 10 grams of yarn left. I wouldn’t have gotten another repeat out of that. Good thing I checked before trying!

If you don’t have a kitchen scale, it’s an inexpensive item to buy. Here in Canada, just watch the Canadian Tire flyer. They are often on sale for about $10.00. That’s a great time to pick one up. If you live outside of Canada or don’t shop at Canadian Tire, they are often on sale at other places too for about the same price.

Michelle

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of October 20th

Did anyone else notice all the great hat patterns this week? Winter must be coming soon!

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Happy hat knitting!

Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.

Another New Pattern – The Bulky Lace Cowl

The Lengthy Lace Scarf has a new sister! A sister pattern, that is. The Bulky Lace Cowl is closely related because it uses the same lace stitch, is worked in a bulky yarn on large needles, and is a quick and easy knit.

This cowl is designed for two skeins of Malabrigo Mecha, a single ply bulky merino yarn. The colour shown here is Dewberry. Like the Lengthy Lace Scarf, any aran to bulky weight yarn may be used. The needle size is US 11 (8.0 mm).

This cowl is worked in the round and it’s important to bind off loosely so that the bound off edge matches the cast on edge. Use a favourite loose bind off technique if you wish or just bind off in an exaggerated loose manner, as I do. I explain in the pattern notes.

Thanks again to my hard working test knitters! Take a look at their beautiful cowls here.

Happy knitting!
Michelle

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of October 13th

Last week I mentioned the SEASONLESS: Mini Collection, Volume 1 by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond. They are two wonderful west coast Canadian knitwear designers. Other Canadian designers have been busy this week:

Yay for Canadian knitwear designers!

Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.

A New Pattern – The Lengthy Lace Scarf

This new pattern should take care of your gift knitting this season. It’s such a quick and easy knit that you’ll even have time to make one for yourself! The Lengthy Lace Scarf is a long skinny scarf that is worked in an aran or bulky weight yarn on US 11 (8.0 mm) needles. It uses one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky. The easy lace stitch is worked with knit, purl, yarn over, and k2tog stitches. The slipped stitch edge gives the scarf a clean sleek look. Does it even get easier than this?

Tosh Chunky is a superwash merino wool. I can’t wait to see what yarns knitters choose for this one. There were some interesting choices by my test knitters. Check out the test thread here.

Happy knitting!
Michelle

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of October 6th

Some beautiful fall collections were released this week:

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Have a happy Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend!

Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.

Sizing Your Fashion Forward Cowl

The Fashion Forward Cowl is a great versatile piece that is not only worn as a cowl around the neck but it can be pulled down around the shoulders too, which is my favourite way to wear it. I’m always cold and having that warmth around my shoulders is awesome! It is worked in the round so it has no seams plus it is a stretchy fabric. Therefore, it can fit a range of sizes as the pattern is written. The finished circumference is approximately 35 in (89 cm), stretching to 42 in (107 cm). It fits perfectly around my shoulders, of course. Hey, if I designed it, it’s going to be in my size!

Michelle's Fashion Forward Cowl

I did, however, think of other sizes too. Instructions are included to make a wider capelet to fit a larger circumference around the shoulders and bust if desired. The great thing about this pattern is that the honeycomb stitch pattern is worked over 8 stitches so the knitter can easily increase the number of cast-on stitches in multiples of eight for every additional 1.75 in (4.5 cm) required. And don’t forget, the fabric will stretch. For example, adding 8 cast-on stitches for a total of 176 cast-on stitches would result in a total circumference of almost 37 in (94 cm), stretching to at least 44 in (112 cm). This works in the reverse too, if you desire a smaller capelet.

So see, the math we learned in school really does come in handy in all walks of life. Get out the calculator and figure out how many stitches to cast on to make your perfectly sized Fashion Forward Cowl!

Michelle

Introducing … the Fashion Forward Cowl!

It’s time for a new fall accessory pattern! The weather is getting cooler and wouldn’t it be nice to have something warm around your neck or maybe you want to pull it down around your shoulders? Or up over your ears in the wind? Here is the Fashion Forward Cowl. It’s a cowl, a capelet, a snood, whatever you want to call it. It’s a versatile piece for fall and winter. The honeycomb stitch provides warmth and insulation and the ribbed edges give it a classic sweater-like elegance.

It is designed in the beautiful and eco-friendly Cascade Yarns Eco Cloud, a 70% undyed merino wool and 30% undyed baby alpaca. The colour shown here is charcoal. Three skeins are required. The pattern is written for one size but instructions are given to work it in a larger circumference if desired. It is worked in the round in one piece.

My wonderful test knitters enjoyed the pattern. See what they had to say here. They used Wool of the Andes, Cascade Eco +, Malabrigo Merino Worsted, and Good Karma Farm.

Happy knitting!
Michelle

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of September 29th

Fall pattern releases continued this week….

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  • Julia Trice released her Great Missowski sweater and Missowski Slouchy hat patterns. I love, love, love these!
  • Ysolda’s slipper pattern, Cadeautje, is the next instalment in her Knitworthy collection. This will make a perfect Christmas gift for my teenage daughter, who is enjoying an impressive slipper collection these days.
  • Joji Locatelli has a collection of hat patterns, Hat Season, which includes 5 cute hats.
  • Melanie Berg has a beautiful new fingering weight sweater pattern: Tau.
  • A beautiful new Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project (MFPP) collection: Knitter’s Apothecary Collection by Sara Gresbach was also just released this week.
  • And finally, check out the interesting discussion about Ravelry’s Hot Right Now list in the Rav Forums Designers Group, here. Interesting conversation, for sure!

Have a great weekend!
Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.

Friday Follow-Up: Online Knitting Highlights for the Week of September 22nd

The Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravelry is gearing up for their annual October Stockpile event. Stockpile is a fun way to get motivated to get those knitted and crocheted gifts completed in October – in time for the gift giving season. There are KAL/CALs, contests, and pattern & yarn sales. Projects must be made with Malabrigo. Malabrigo yarns can be found on sale. And many of the patterns written for Malabrigo yarns, especially Quickie patterns, are on sale too.

Stockpile_rectangle_mediumHere are some great October deals on a few of my favourite Malabrigo Quickie patterns:

Check out the project planning thread to see what everyone is planning to make! Maybe you will be motivated to join along? I might have time for a small project….

You can also watch for the hashtag – #MalJunkiesStockpile – on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Okay, let’s get knitting!

Michelle

What is Friday Follow-Up? My Friday Follow-Up is a weekly blog feature. Every Friday, I follow-up the online knitting events of the week with my own take on things.