Monday, April 29, 2013


Yesterday, Lucy, at Attic24 posted an ADORABLE crocheted neck warmer.  Oh, how I love it.  I just HAD to make it.  I know, I know, we are just getting OUT of neck warmer weather...but I figured if I started it NOW, MAYBE I would have it finished by next Fall, lol. 

So I went to my box of "unknown" yarn that I got free on Freecycle and picked out a variety of color partial skeins.  Not all of them are my favorites, but the variety is nice. 

Figuring that I probably had a head and neck about the size of Lucy, I used her 93 chains as my beginning point.  Within NO time I was just whizzing along.  But, round about row six I noticed that my completed piece...instead of lying nice and straight like Lucy' curving like a giant Mona Lisa smile, upside down!  Concerned, I popped the piece over my head and found it is HUGE!

Thinking maybe I had somehow increased my stitches I painstakingly counted each round.  Nope...all the same.  The only explanation that I can come up with is that, using unknown free yarn, I am crocheting together strands of differing weights and fibers...and that is somehow influencing my neck warmer!  Possible?  I honestly don't know.  I can only manage to straighten it out slightly.  

Had this piece all been made from one continuous strand of yarn I would have unraveled it immediately.  But, since every strand is a new color, unraveling now could mean wasting a LOT of yarn.  It doesn't matter that it was FREE yarn.  Yarn is yarn, and I am not about to waste it. 

So I will continue on with my crocheting...wondering all the while WHAT I could have possibly done to cause this variation on the expected.  If it turns out to be way too large and cumbersome to service as a neck warmer, I'm thinking a nice pillow cover or handbag could be made from my work.  Surprisingly, I LOVE the color variations and am absolutely THRILLED with how the piece is turning out....even if it could, with no stretch of the imagination, become a neck warmer for a Sumo wrestler!


  1. Hmmm, the only thing I can think of that might cause this is the weights of the yarns are different. Next time perhaps using a smaller hook would do the trick.

    God bless.

    1. Thanks, Jackie -
      As much as I would have loved the neck warmer (I can make another one later), I am so happy with how the colors are turning out on this that I WILL find something to turn it into, lol. I am assuming that it is the difference in weights and fibers causing the problem, too, but that is what happens when you use free yarn. And free is good...maybe not for a neck warmer, but definitely for SOMETHING, lol.