Friday, December 21, 2012

DIY knitting: Maison Martin Margiela

extra chunky: beanie & cowl

Were you wondering what I wanted to knit with the extra-chunky yarn?
Inspired by Maison Martin Margiela,
I made an extra chunky and warm beanie with extra large pom-pom
and a matching cowl!

top: MM6 on polyvore - collage by moi

both knitted using my giant circular needle.

supplies - how to:

for this set, I used 8-1/2 balls of this merino wool in denim color,
5 for the cowl and 3-1/2 for the hat.

- I made the etra-chunky yarn using my Caron Embellish-Knit! Machine Kit (took me about 40 minutes for each ball)

- knitting circular needle: Addi Turbo Circular Knitting Needles US 36 (20mm) 40 inches (100cm) long ... or make your own: tutorial here

- a  large wool needle.

how to attach two ends of the extra-chunky i-cord yarn:

Because the yarn is so bulky, using a russian knot isn't an option, but because the yarn is actually a knit, 
I joined the two ends together using the yarn of one of the tail.
Put the two ends together with open stitches mirroring each other.
Use the tail of one of the ends and pass the needle into two upper stitches, and into the two lower stitches (and passing the needle into the stitch that belong to the tail).
Keep doing this procedure all around, until the two ends are joined together and wave the ends inside the i-cord.
Cut the excess and the yarn is virtually seamless. 

Extra chunky knitted cowl:

The cowl consists into 31 stitches knitted in stockinette onto a circular needle for 17 rows.
Bind off all the stitches and leave few inches extra yarn: make a chain stitch to close the two sides seamless: by looping the yarn around the first stitch that was binded off and pass int into the last binded off stich: unravel the i-cord until very close to the chain stitch and close the open stitches tight and onto the binded off stitch.

Extra chunky knitted beanie:

- cast on 6 stitches with the circular needle using the provisional method
- at the 3rd row, increase 1 st. every 2 st.
- at the 5th row, increase 1 st. every 3 st.
- at the 7th row, increase 1 st. every 2 st.
- at the 9th row, increase 1 st. every 2 st.

tot. 27 stitches.
keep circular knitting for another 9 rows.
Bind off and close the last binded off stitch making a chain stitch, just like on the cowl.

Unravel the cast on stitches with the different color, and use some yarn to close the open stitches in a knot.

Make a pom-pom:

* Cut two 3" diameter circles with a 1" diameter hole in the middle
* overlap the two circles
* wrap the yarn over until the hole if completely full
* using tini scissors, pierce inside the wrap and start cutting all around the round, separating the two circles.
* wrap yarn around few times and make a strong secure knot.

Sew the pom-pom onto the top of the beanie going through several times with the needle.

Stay warm!!!
xox, d. 

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