Monday, August 26, 2013

All new..."MAKE-IT" Mondays!

Good Monday all! Hope your day is going well! As with most Mondays...they have a way of being hectic and chaotic...first day back to work from the weekend, usually has most people frazzled!
However, I am trying to take a different approach to Mondays now...get you on the right track...with a new DIY Project! 
Something to unwind your day, MAKE-IT Mondays....a time to relax, reflect and redirect your energies to something BETTER...something HANDMADE...something LOVELY!

Are you ready?! Let's get started!

"The Oversized Cowl"!

First off...let's begin, by doing my favorite thing...picking the yarn colors! 
Now...this is what I call "STASH-BUSTING"!

Go through your current stash, and pick out a variety of colors that you love to wear...that's right, I said "LOVE TO WEAR"!

This is what I picked today...
 Some charcoal, linen, caramel, and a variagated yarn with all of these and some turquoise too! 
Next...just make sure that all your yarn choices that you're working with are the same weight, and washability! Then, it'll all go together very nicely....giving you a neat appearance when it's all said and done. I like to be able to throw mine in the wash if needed...so, I usually stick to polyesters and the blends...no wools here! 

If you're not sure about this...look here, on the back label...it'll tell ya everything you need to know!
Different label companies here, but still 100% acrylic, medium weight yarn and both machine washable! Perfect...now, let's keep going, shall we?

I've chosen a size K hook for this Oversized Cowl Project...you can choose a bit bigger or smaller, depending on the size you're looking for this to be when all is said and done.

Then, you'll want to chain 144 stitches with the yarn you want to start with first and end with last...or any number stitches that divisable by 4.

After you're done chaining, you'll want to join the two ends to each other...carefully unravel the two sides, so you're chain isn't twisted...now, carefully slip stitch you hook through your first stitch you made...and the two ends will now be connected; leaving you with a BIG CIRCLE. 
Then, Ch 1, and sc into the same stitch as your join....now, continue to sc around til you get back to your join again...and sl st into the first sc you made in that first row. 
Once you've got your first row done...you're going to be starting what this pattern calls ROUND 1...by following this wonderful little pattern here at www.redheart.com...it's a lace mitt pattern...so easy to follow...you can download the pattern and follow it from Round 1, to 2, to 3 and repeat...til' it's the size you'd like to end up with when it's all done!
***Remember, you're not making the mitts...you're only following the first part of the pattern, so you don't have to go any further than round 3...just keep repeating the same pattern until you get your desired length.
When you change your yarn color on the second round, if you choose to change your yarn at all...remember, this project is about you...you can MAKE-IT, anyway you LOVE IT!
Join the new color yarn, and turn...then, sl st into the next 3sc sts loosely...and ch 4, then dc in the same stitch as your ch4 (this is your 'V' stitch)....then, skip the next three sts and DC 5 times in the very next st...(that's your fan stitch)

Keep going throughout...each round, changing colors as you go...as many different colors as you like, and keep repeating your pattern as you go.
It should start to look something like this as you build UP each consecutive round...and when it's all said and done..it should look something like this...
 Of, course...I have to tie in all my ends yet, from all my color changes...but that's just a matter of getting my sewing needle out yet. No worries there...I could leave it and go with a 'fringe look' too, if I like...and you can too! Accessorize it any which way you like...it's all about you darling!

See ya next Monday...for our next "Make-It Monday"!
Hope you had fun...send me your pics!
I'd love to see all your finished projects too!

Happy Monday all!