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Knitter of the Month: Tamara’s Wrap


Our featured knitter of the month, Tamara, fell in love with a pattern that she felt was designed just for her. Coincidentally, it also had her name on it! She shares her knitting experience with us and tips to create your own multi-colored masterpiece from Stashbuster Knits by Melissa Leapman.

Like a lot of knitters, I have a lot of yarn, and finding knitting patterns that will help make use of the yarn I have on hand is an ongoing goal. When I saw Melissa Leapman’s book Stashbuster Knits, I was excited by the prospect of so many lovely patterns that just might put a dent in my stash. When I flipped through the book for the first time, the pattern that caught my eye was a lovely stole in a multitude of colors. When I saw it was called “Tamara’s Wrap,” I knew I had to knit it—because, after all, it had my name on it!

I had never used the linen stitch before and made a few test swatches with worsted weight (stashed!) cotton and fell in love with the look of all those colors blending together. After much deliberation and comparing yarn from pictures in the book I ordered 11 different colors of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes, the yarn I had chosen to use for my version of the wrap. I decided I liked the gauge I achieved with a U.S. size 8 needle.

Whenever I took it out to knitting groups while I was working on it, it always drew onlookers and their questions. It was fun to tell people that it was not a variegated yarn, but actually eleven different colors! No, not knitting from stash, but completely worth the results to have bought yarns specifically for this project. I love wearing it and despite the level of commitment required, I would make it again. The only things I would change would be to use a larger (maybe U.S. size 9) needle and cast on more stitches to make it a bit wider. And maybe knit it from stash next time!

To read more about Tamara’s adventures in yarn, check out her blog, KnitOasis.



About the Book
Stashbuster Knits
Tips, Tricks, and 21 Beautiful Projects for Using Your Favorite Leftover Yarn
Written by Melissa Leapman
Category: Crafts & Hobbies - Knitting
Format: Paperback, 144 Pages
On Sale: November 15, 2011
Price: $19.99
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