Monday, June 15, 2020

Playing Around

Last week I received a special request in my shop. Could I make a lip balm holder in black and gray (as opposed to the one I have in black or the one I have in gray). 

Normally, I would go to the yarn store and look for a variegated yarn in black and gray. While the yarn store is open, I wasn't really in the mood to go out searching. Instead, I decided to play a bit with the black and gray yarns I had on hand. 

This is what I ended up with... 


I did not intend nor expect the pattern that emerged. I was just playing around with the yarn. 


It turned out kind of diamond-y. 

So, how did I achieve this? Every other round was "checkerboard". That is, I did one black stitch, one gray stitch, and repeated. The non "checkerboard" rounds were alternated black or gray. So... 

Round 1: black
Round 2: alternate gray and black stitches
Round 3: gray
Round 4: alternate black and gray stitches

And I repeated those rounds, finishing on round 10 with an "alternate gray and black" round. 

(I'm writing this out more for myself, in case I ever have to reproduce this.) 

I almost just did stripes. I'm rather glad I didn't just do stripes.

19 comments:

  1. Good job! I guess you've been doing this long enough that you're good at winging it. It's really interesting looking.

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  2. The black-gray pattern looks good!

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  3. This is cool! It reminds me a little of boondoggle we used to do at sleepaway camp with different colors of the plastic cording and something called the twist stitch (not that I can remember how to do any of the stitches now). You brought back memories!

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    1. I think I know what you're talking about. I never learned to do those, however.

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  4. Very cool! I don't think you would've gotten such a pattern with the variegated yarn.

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  5. I like this a lot. It reminds me of this one modern building in London that twists around in a bullet shape. This one is cool.

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  6. That is really cute! And I love the surprise pattern.

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  7. I love it when something random actually turns out way better than we think. Clever to make a note of what you did because I imagine you'll get more requests for this pattern. Looks great (and I think the colours help because it stands out).

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  8. Hi Liz - it looks really smart ... a very successful playing around ... take care - Hilary

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  9. Very nice. Don't you just love a happy accident?

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    1. Yes, especially when they work the first time.

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