BIG and little Knits
My knitting was all over the place this week being both small (US size 1 needles) and large (US size 50 needles) in scale.
First up, the mini knit. This was just a simple little project I busted out before bed. I've been a bit obsessed with my houseplants lately including my little jade bonsai. I've yarn bombed trees before and thought it'd be cute to yarn bomb my mini tree. I used the tiniest yarn and knitting needles I own for this one.
The BIG knitting project was a seat cover made with my knitting machine and jumbo needles. My ultimate plan for the knitting machine is to use it to knit the back and sleeves of a cardigan then I would hand knit a detailed pattern for the front panels. Before I invest in nice yarn for that I need to make sure the machine is in good working order. After tuning it up I decided to give the machine a simple project to wear it in before I tackle the cardigan idea.
I purchased several skeins of simple yarn that I machine knit into long strips. The strips were in stockinette stitch so they wanted to curl onto themselves making the long strips function like a jumbo yarn.
When knitting the strips I found it helpful to alternate the needles having two active then skipping 2 needles etc... This results in a more open-knit and then a softer yarn. I also moved along the needle bed as I changed skeins of yarn so the full needle bed got a chance to be used.
Even though the yarn looks rope like in the picture above it smooshes down flat very easily. I could have continued (I guess) and made a blanket or something but this was the right amount for a small seat cover which works perfectly. Plus, if I were to use that technique for a blanket I think I would open the gauge up even further when knitting the strips. Maybe follow a 2 active needle to 4 inactive needle pattern. That would make the strips of jumbo yarn even softer and I'd use prettier yarn that can be bought in bulk.