Knitted Bamboo for Spring

Celtic Cable Neckwarmer
I knitted in bamboo/cotton yarn for the first time recently. I thought it would be perfect for spring. The yarn felt cool and really soft to touch. I found this awesome Celtic Cable neckwarmer pattern on Ravelry and happily began my bamboo adventure.

And then I discovered a few things about the yarn. It splits. But I perservered. I tried cabling without a cable needle but the yarn is just too slippery and splitty. I finished the neckwarmer the traditional way and blocked it heavily. It looked so nice blocked. The cables really popped! I wore it proudly the very next day but low and behold, the neckwarmer went back to it’s pre-blocked state. It became long and skinny and squished where it was wrapped around my neck. Why didn’t I think of this sooner? Bamboo and cotton has no memory, unlike wool.

I thought long and hard on how to resolve this issue and the best I can come up with is to line the neckwarmer. I had some lovely pink cotton fabric that Teresa gave me and handstitched the lining on. I stitched around the edges and also zig zaged across the middle. I think the lining has done it’s trick. The neckwarmer has a much better shape to it now and the lining makes it even warmer.
Celtic Cable Neckwarmer

Overall, I think the pattern is absolutely wicked and I would love to make it again in wool.
Celtic Cable Neckwarmer
Details on Ravelry

On the up side, I did have leftover bamboo/cotton yarn and this time, I’ve learnt my lesson and picked a pattern designed for this kind of yarn – A Slouch for All Seasons. I’ve made hats in the past for other people, but this one is meant just for me. I’m not a hat wearer but I LOVE this! I don’t look like a dork (at least I don’t think so… hmm…) and it’s perfect for Spring mornings.
Bamboo Slouch Beret
Bamboo Slouch Beret
Details on Ravelry

I really like the swirl and you might catch me touching the bumpy bits along the swirl when I’m on the train. Just leave me be if it doesn’t bother you. I’m a touchy, feely kind of girl. 😛

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11 Responses to “Knitted Bamboo for Spring”

  1. Kukka-75 says:

    You have made a beautiful combination! Looks really nice!

  2. Salihan says:

    Thank you!

  3. Sandra says:

    I love the swirls on the hat. Very nice. Colour green looks good on you.
    You constantly amaze me with your knitting gift. Can’t wait to see your next update. Give us a clue? *smile*
    Take care,

  4. Salihan says:

    Bags 😉

  5. Jelly Wares says:

    Gorgeous job on the neck warmer… I love that cotton/bamboo yarn, I’ve made a few dishcloths with it…

    Jodie 🙂

  6. MelB says:

    Thats a beautiful Green! Love how it looks as a neck warmer.
    Melbourne is a bautiful place – let me know if you decide to stay there- who knows I might be there and we could have a knit catch up!!

  7. Eirma :) says:

    I love the hat! Very nice. Gorgeous colour too. How long did you take to make it? I’m making a blankie for my son. Nothing fancy. I just picked up knitting. 🙂

  8. Salihan says:

    Hey Eirma! Soooo happy to hear you’ve picked up knitting! It took me about 5 days to knit the hat.

    You should join Ravelry cos it’s the best way to find knitting patterns and keep track of projects etc. Find me as “Salihan” there. And if you need help with techniques, check out knittinghelp.com. Extremely good and clear knitting videos. Good luck with your blankie! 😀

  9. Eirma says:

    Cool! I’ll do just that. Thanks, Salihan.

  10. Michelle says:

    I love the fabric backing. I think that’s what really makes the scarf!

  11. vanessa says:

    that is so beautiful, great color, I love this springy green, makes me happy!
    .-= vanessa´s last blog ..Haakwerk-werkjes en Baileys update! =-.

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