I inherited a bag of mixed yarn from my mother in law when she passed away. Its sat that for over 10 years, become increasingly tangled and felted because none of it was standard 8 play, it was all fancy.
After a spring-clean I went through it and salvaged what I could. None of the balls had labels, and most of them were the really fluffy self-felting ones. However, I found 4 balls with this sort of yarn (apologies for the bad photography)
So I decided to make a shrug for my sister in law for Christmas.
Having no idea what needles to use, and no particular pattern, I used 4mm needles to cast on 60 stitches and did 5 cm of 2 x 2 rib. I then change to 7mm needles and stocking stitch, and increased at 2nd and 2nd last knit row to 80 stitches. I continued on 80 stitches until the end of the ball. I did this twice, with the idea that I was going to join both halves with Kitchener stitch.
Nice idea, almost impossible in practice - the lumps in the yarn made the weaving extremely difficult, and I really wrecked the integrity of the ‘bobbles’ by trying to pull them through 160 stitches. However, only I can see the join because I know what to look for, no-one else can find it so I am OK about it.
Also, I had no idea exactly how wide 80 stitches was going to turn out, and had grossly underestimated it whilst it was on the needles. I wanted it about 40cm wide, it turns out its about 60cm wide. I got the length about right - I was aiming for 80 cm, its 83cm long (both dimensions measured unblocked). I am not undoing it, so its going to have to stay as it is.
With the stocking stitch, the bobbles mostly turned up on the purl side of the work. I assume that this is normal? And thus my question, if the bobbles turn up mostly on the purl side of the work, is the purl side the ‘right’ side? I need to know before I sew up the sleeves.
Picture of the knit side:
Close up of the knit side:
Picture of the purl side:
Close up of the purl side:
Now, with the Cami (if I make it), should I use stocking stitch and use the same ‘right’ side fro the cami as the shrug, or should I use a tighter 2 x 2 rib so as to make it a snugger fit? Looking for a suitable pattern - or at least advice on how to do the shoulder straps. Eg, should I just knit a ‘tube’ and add ribbons for the shoulder straps? If so, how do I attach the ribbons, so they don’t pull? I’ve got two balls of the yarn left and therefore theoretically can make as much knitting area as the shrug if I use the same needles.
Yowie (newbie to actually knitting garments but have been knitting ‘test squares’ for decades)