A paper chain – except knitted

knitted paper chain on treeThe handmade gifts are made. All now delivered to their new homes. Time to sit back and enjoy the season, but, as always, my hands are never idle. A festive, stash-busting knitting project seems a perfect way to fill the gap between Christmas and New Year. A knitted paper chain has been my project of choice, whilst travelling around visiting relatives.

knitting by the fire There are two reactions to it, when people see it. Either they laugh or ask why. I like both reactions. Like its paper version, I think the fun is in the making. It looks good draped around a room, but its the process of making it that’s the key.

knitted paper chain above fireplaceThere are plenty of versions of knitted paper chains around. I choose to cast on 10 stitches using 4mm needles and start to knit until each link measures about 15cm. The links are threaded through the previous link and then stitched to make a new link. Nothing fancy. It’s turned into a great way to use up different weights of wool and blends. Everything goes.

I haven’t finished yet. I’ll probably only stop on twelfth night. The chain will be packed away and I’ll enjoy unpacking it next year, when I’m sure I will have almost forgotten it. In the meantime, it’s a nice bit of nonsense after the hustle and bustle.

A couple of patchwork projects to share, next time.

Happy New Year to you all.

4 thoughts on “A paper chain – except knitted

    • Friday 2 January, 2015 at 12:09 am
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      Thought of making a “scrapy” jumper, but the wool is all sorts of blends, so this is as good a use as any.

  • Sunday 4 January, 2015 at 6:53 pm
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    love it! what a great use for all those random bits and bobs… i’m going to file this away in my brain for later!

    • Monday 5 January, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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      Beauty is that the wools can be all sorts of blends, as its not likely to need washing. Just dusting. I couldn’t have used them in a jumper or blanket, so this is perfect. Not even sure of what the blends are, as I’ve long since lost the information!

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