Monday, October 21, 2013

Knitted Mat WIP

Taking a quick break from knitting my mat to show what I've decided on ... just a little peek ...

 
As I mentioned in my last post, I'm using 12 mm needles with chunky wool.  I searched around a bit on the web and saw a couple of ideas.  One lady knitted her mat with cotton clothesline in a stockinette stitch.  It looked very chic, but I after knitting even with these large needles & chunky wool, I can't imagine knitting up thick, stiff clothesline! 
 
Another example of a knitted mat used the same sized needles as I have, and the creator doubled up the wool.  Perfect!  So I followed her suggestion of putting 45 stitches on the needle "or more if you can manage it".  I managed to squeeze on 50 stitches.  As you can see, there's not a lot of wiggle room left on the needle!  At least this gnarly wool isn't prone to slipperiness, and I haven't lost a stitch off the end of the needles.  I decided to knit mine in plain old garter stitch so that it's the same on both sides and should lie nice and flat.
 
I tried just now to locate the two mats I viewed, but cannot find them.  However, there's a ton of inspiration on Google images under "knitted mats" should you want to see more. 
 
I don't have much more to do now ... mostly because my yarn stash is nearing the end.  I hope I have enough to make this just a bit more rectangular.  Of course the fun in making something impromptu and using what you have on hand, is the surprise ending, right?! 
 
I'll be back shortly to show you that surprise.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Wendy
 
 

21 comments:

  1. Awesome, Wendy ~ I love how there are others out here on the web who can show how to do this kind of stuff! I can't wait to see your mat!

    I just read your comment ~ Thank You!!

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    1. I was surprised that big knitting was so much in vogue!! My hands are killing me, but I'm determined to get this done up. And hey, don't sell yourself short ... your photos are REALLY good, and definitely worth protecting. You have a great eye for composition & colour, and of course you live in a beautiful part of the world which provides amazing subject matter. xo

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  2. Hi Wendy, greetings from Northern Ontario. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Hi Chris, and thanks for following, you are most welcome! It's nice to have a few people following along from my own province :) I have popped back to your blog and had a quick peak around and am now following you too. I love all the makeovers of your found pieces ... you are one busy gal! Have a great day!

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  3. I love the colours you have used in there. Waiting for the reveal !!
    have a wonderful week - Gaia

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    1. Reveal hopefully later this week Gaia! Have a great day ;)

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  4. I love it, Wendy. The colors are beautiful and the knit looks nice and sturdy.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, it's one solid piece of knitting ;)

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  5. Happy matting! I can't imagine knitting clothes line either, but I bet that it is very hardwearing if you have a lot of traffic on the mat. Keep going, it is looking great and a great way to remember your Mom. xx

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    1. I'm so glad this is knitting up so fast with the big needles & chunky wool! Not long now :)

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  6. That'll certainly keep you out of mischief for a while!
    Jane x

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    1. It's coming along faster than you'd think!

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  7. It's looking very pretty but take your time or you will really hurt your hands, I have to be very careful when working with thick yarns it usually sets my thumbs hurting and it lasts for weeks. :)

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    1. Good point Linda ... my right thumb gets quite tired with this heavy stuff. It certainly isn't something I'd want to knit all the time.

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  8. Love how it is looking, Wendy! I am even more tempted now to try to make one ;-)

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  9. Wendy, I am so looking forward to the end result-but please give your hands a rest! We cannot have you hurting yourself! My little piggy is on his way;)
    xx-
    Jemma

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  10. Your colors are so pretty!!! It is going to be another awesome piece lady!!! I have been trying to teach myself to knit but have a long way to go!!! Your work inspires me!!!! If only I could transport you here to teach me!!!! I hope you have a week filled with good things friend!!!

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  11. Good morning Wendy, I love your colors

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  12. OOh how exciting Wendy - looks so cool so far!
    I'm a big fan of two yarns together although usually they are less chunky than yours - look after your working parts...looking forward to seeing the finished colourful feet warming mat!
    Ali x

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