#wwscrapalong is a thing!

 

I've been busy beavering away, getting everything ready. The response to doing something positive and creative has been overwhelming and it's given me some much needed encouragement, thank you.

I'll use this page as the main landing page for Ravelry et all, and I'll link each instalment below as I publish them. As each instalment becomes available (via here and Instagram, which will also post to FaceBook and in turn post a link to Twitter) do comment away on individual posts, but please remember that it's just me, and try and keep requests for help to relevant blog posts, Instagram and Ravelry to help keep it manageable.

 
 

The Hat will use 100g or so off oddments, and the more the merrier so that you can mix up colours and textures! I've written two types of crown shaping into the recipe, both of which are shown here, but with a quick bit of maths you can opt for a smoother beanie type of crown (it's not tricky, I'll talk you through it).

For my samples I used 4ply and sock yarn leftovers and mini skeins (yes! use your mini skeins! gradients, even? gradients would be so *cool*) but you can use whichever you have plenty of in your stash. I've done the maths and allowed for yarn weights from fine sock right through to chunky, in 6 different head sizes (you wouldn't expect anything less, right?)

You will want to do a gauge swatch, or at least have a clear idea for how your leftovers worked up when you used them on your main project - I'd hate for you to work through this then not have your Hat fit! Although I've covered 6 sizes in an as many yarn weights, it's possible your exact gauge might not be in the chart, and that'll mean maybe a little bit of extra number crunching, but not much.

I used short rows in my samples to get those fantastic wonky stripes - yet if short rows are not your thing, or you fancy your stripes less wonky, that's OK too. I'll provide what you need to know to work out your wonky stripes, and feel free to use whichever short row method works for you (the short row tutorial page on this site is growing, btw!)

So... go and have a good rummage in your stash! Enjoy pulling all your oddments out and placing colours alongside each other, enjoy mixing things up! And feel free to start sharing your oddments stash and colour choices on social media with the #wwscrapalong tag! (I'll be looking - I always seem to be more envious of oddments stashes than anything else)

This is the perfect community knitting project - use up your oddments to donate Hats to refugee charities or church fundraisers. Knit your Scrapalong Hats together at your knitting group, swap your oddments amongst friends and share.

I'll post the first instalment tomorrow, when I'll talk you through cast on numbers, gauge and fit.

Let's have a bit of fun.

Instalments

Pt1 - choosing yarns
Pt2 - casting on
Pt3 - the stripes
Pt4 - depth & slouch
Pt5 - the Crown

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AuthorWoolly Wormhead