Do You Know What Day It Is?

Perhaps one of the best cures for an unextraordinary day is a simple Google search of “wacky holidays”. Very quickly you’ll realize that practically every day of the year has been dedicated to the celebration of something, and there’s your ready-made excuse to have a little fun!

For example, tomorrow is Panic Day. According to daysoftheyear.com, Panic Day is “the one day of the year that is it ok to give into that emotion that we all try to keep in check.” And as knitters, we’re no strangers to moments of panic.

Dropped stitches!

Mistakes six inches back!

Yardage coming up short!

We’ve all been there and lived to tell the tale. But perhaps the things that make us panic can also make us better knitters? In honor of the upcoming Panic Day, here are a few projects that use a knitter’s nightmares in unexpected ways!

UNRAVEL YOUR KNITTING

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The River Cowl by Kate Jackson is a Yarn Patch favorite featuring an unusual embellishment. The entire piece is knitted in columns of stockinette and seed stitch until just before the border. Then (much to the alarm of first-timers), several stitches are dropped- yes, deliberately dropped right off the needle!- and allowed to unravel almost back to the beginning. The result looks like a knitter’s version of Psycho- mutilated knitting everywhere!- until you pick up unravelled “ladders” four at a time to create the striking “chains” that set this pattern apart.

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The On the Fringe Scarf Kit is a Yarn Patch original, a light and simple shawlette with a trendy fringe that requires NO cutting and tying and uses NO extra yarn!  How, you ask? It’s unbelievably easy- after completing the triangular shape, you merely drop a few edge stitches and let them unravel completely. The remaining loops look like a mess of ramen noodles at first, but blocking relaxes them into a lovely edging with a minimum amount of effort!

WASH YOUR WOOL

Have you ever knitted a beautiful project in a delicious natural fiber like wool or alpaca- and then threw it in the washing machine? The horror of seeing all that hard work shrivel into a matted miniature has traumatized many knitters before- but with a little planning, felting can actually transform knitting into cozy and durable fabric perfect for hats, bags, slippers, and more! For example…

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The Adult Clog-n-Soc by Bekah Knits combine a worsted weight feltable wool and a sock weight superwash wool to create a fun and funtional hybrid. The concept is ingenious: knit a slipper. Attach a sock cuff. Throw it in the washing machine. The slipper felts while the sock cuff doesn’t, and you’re left with long-lasting, well-fitted footwear. Brilliant.

FOLLOW VAGUE INSTRUCTIONS

Let’s be honest- we like things spelled out for us. The more clear and specific our patterns, the better we feel about them. On the other hand, directions like “just switch to purling when it looks right…” send us running for the hills.

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But the Interrupted Cowl by Heather Hill does just that! You’re given a number to cast on and instructions to knit in the round, purling occaisionally. Are you skeptical yet? The secret here isn’t in the written pattern, but in the yarn- the thick and thin structure of Bamboo Bloom will determine the placement of knits and purls, resulting in an organic and completely unique cowl that’s influence by your knitting style as much as by the pattern. It’s a liberating way to knit!

These are just a few ways that our knitting fears can be used to create beautiful designs. How would you take advantage of a panic-inducing experience in knitting? Let us know in the comments below. And as always, if you’d like to give any of these projects a try, visit us or give us a call for the details!

Happy Panic Day!

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