Now, I should be quite, quite honest and admit that there may be some cheating in 2011.
Specifically, I’ve been thinking about colourwork, using up scraps and what to do with two skeins of yarn.
So today we’re going to look at things you can make with two skeins or partial skeins of complementary-coloured yarn.
(All of today’s patterns are free but I will occasionally be talking about pay-for patterns in the year ahead.)
Looking for a way to use up scraps of laceweight yarn? Then check out Ann Sterling’s Star Flower Tam. It’s simply gorgeous and you can experiemnt with mixing and matching laceweights – imagine this in Kidsilk Haze and assorted hand dyed scraps! Requires 400-500 yards in total.
Staying with the hat-making theme here’s Ari Whitlow’s Snowflake Tam. It uses up to 250 yards in total and requires 25 grams of the main colour and scraps of 4 others.
These stunning colourwork mittens use two 50g balls of complementary wool: Drop’s Mittens with pattern in “Delight” and “Fabel”. They feature Tudor roses on the back of the hand and a deep wrist circled with vines.
Knitting for a child’s birthday? Then raid your stash for 137 – 273 yards of DK weight yarn and whip up Alison Stewart-Guinee’s Princess Crown! With sizes to fit 6 months to adult small.
With just 200 – 300 yards of worsted you can knit up a delightful baby cardigan in jolly stripes. Dove Knits’ Green zebra baby sweater is available in sizes from 3 months to 2 years.
Dig out your Aran-weight cotton and cast on for Caroline Dlugy-Hegwer’s Mother’s Day Cotton Slippers in two colours. Easy to knit in just a day, they’d make a lovely present or just a little treat for yourself.
Looking for a mindless knit? Lion Brand’s Lexi Leg Warmers are simple tubes of stripy goodness knit in bulky yarn. They require 230 yards in total and make perfect TV knitting for cold January evenings!
Finally a crochet pattern in superbulky yarn. Susannah Duelfer’s stunning Tree of Life Cowl is crocheted in 130 yards of wool. It’s a slightly challenging pattern but the results are definitely worth it!