Winter is an amazing season to curl up with a pair of knitting needles and some yarn. After all, the cold gives us knitters an excuse to stay inside and keep warm. Of course when we do go outside we’ll need scarves, hats, gloves, leg warmers, etc.
So why not spend some time curled up in a comfy chair knitting a cozy cowl or a nice pair of mittens.
I know that I’ve been knitting up a storm this winter, and I’m sure that I’m going to be knitting more before the season ends. I’m not quite sure on what I’m going to be knitting though. I’ve thought of a few ideas that I’ll share, but first I’ll talk about the projects that I’ve worked on already this winter.
Arm Knit Peppermint Throw
I love peppermints, and I feel that they are a staple of the winter season. From flavored beverages at cafes to festive holiday clothing, peppermints are definitely in the spot light during winter.
Some other things that I love are blankets, afghans, and throws. You can never have too many, in my opinion.
So I decided to arm knit a peppermint throw! It’s made using 5 skeins of Bernat Roving Yarn, 2 in Rice Paper and 3 in Raspberry. Bernat Roving yarn is a bulky yarn that’s made up of 80% acrylic and 20% wool.
The blanket’s really soft and it has a wonderfully loopy look to it. It also matches my room decor nicely as red and white are two of my favorite colors.
I knit this hat for my mother for Christmas, and it’s quite warm and soft. I knit it on a loom with Bernat Really Big yarn in the color Kathmandu. I used up one skein making this hat, but I think that it was worth it.
Bernat Really Big yarn is a super bulky yarn made out of acrylic.
Unfortunately I can’t provide a picture of the cowl because it’s all wrapped up. I made it as a Christmas gift for my grandmother, but I haven’t been able to give it to her yet. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been good for traveling.
I can provide you with a description though! This cowl is made entirely in garter stitch and was knit using Bernat Satin yarn in the shade of Sage.
Bernat Satin is a medium weight yarn made entirely out of acrylic.
Arm Knit Scarf
This scarf, like all the other projects I’ve listed thus far, is knit using Bernat yarn. I really love Bernat yarn! I used a ball of Bernat Roving yarn in the color called Low Tide to arm knit this scarf for my father for Christmas.
The length of this scarf means that his beard won’t obscure it, and it’s perfect for wearing as a dressy accessory.
Snowflake Pin Cushion
This pin cushion was my very first attempt at doing fair isle knitting. I used Bernat Satin yarn in the shade of Stone as the main color, and Bernat Satin yarn in the color of Sage for the snowflake.
While I don’t do much sewing (so I don’t have much need for a pin cushion), I felt that a small project with a simple design would be a great way to try out this knitting technique.
Now that I’ve tried out fair isle knitting, I’m hooked!
I knit this little chicken for someone, but I haven’t given it to that person yet because I’m waiting for a special occasion. I really enjoyed knitting this cute chick, and it was a great way for me to learn how to knit in the round using double pointed needles.
Along with the chicken, I knit an egg pouch to keep hold the little guy. Isn’t that egg-celent?
I used Spud and Chloe Sweater yarn to knit the chicken, in the color numbers 7506 (Toast), 7503 (Rootbeer), and 7505 (Firefly). Spud and Chloe Sweater yarn is a medium size yarn made out of 55% wool and 45% organic cotton.
The egg was knit using Berroco Vintage yarn in color number 5100. Berroco Vintage yarn is a medium yarn made out of 50% acrylic, 40% wool, 10% nylon.
Cats are definitely one of my favorite animals, right up there with moon jellies and dogs (although I think I like cats more than dogs). So I thought to myself, Why not knit a bunch of tiny kitties?
So far I’ve only made one cat, and it hasn’t turned out quite the way I wanted it to. But I will continue knitting more until I get the design looking the way I think it should.
The cat that I knit was made out of Spud and Chloe Sweater yarn in the colors Toast and Rootbeer.
I definitely want to experiment with colorwork knitting in the future. I find it so much fun to create my own patterns and designs!
A fandom is a community that is made up of fans of a certain TV series, movie, book series, etc. I am a fan of many things from The Wheel of Time series to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, from Supernatural to Doctor Who and Sherlock.
Image credit to: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/The_Elder_Scrolls_Wiki
I think it would be amazing to make a few fan knits. Maybe the Dark Brotherhood’s Shrouded Robes or the Thieves Guild hood. It might even be possible to knit a sword or shield that looks as if it could belong in Skyrim.
I could probably knit a TARDIS scarf (Doctor Who), a cuendillar coaster (The Wheel of Time), 221B wallpaper gloves (Sherlock), or a plaid mug cozy (the Winchesters from Supernatural wear so much plaid).
What about you? Do you have any winter knitting projects planned out?