Knitted paper chain

You’re right, of course. This is very possibly my most does-what-it-says-on-the-tin post title to date. What can I say? I’m a wee bit tired. So while I attempt to muster some narrative energy, take a look at this:

Christmas? Get knitted!

Christmas? Get knitted!

I intended, of course, to post about this long before the Great Day* itself, but I ran out of time. It was only by the skin of my teeth, in fact, that I managed to complete enough knitted links to make the chain long enough to bother hanging it up at all. And that was on Christmas Eve. Phew!

So the knitted paper chain thing. Well, this idea – like my recent decorated champagne bottle – was purloined, I have to confess (just call me Edward). I follow an amazing blog called The Twisted Yarn, the skill and creativity of whose author makes me gulp. Quite a lot. I’ll happily carry on simply aspiring to match even half of the talent displayed on this blog, as actually matching it seems such an extremely remote possibility. If I had a cap I would doff it immediately.

Anyway, in the run-up to Christmas last year – that’s how long I’ve been meaning to get on with this one! – The Twisted Yarn did a brilliant post (thank you, The Twisted Yarn!) about simple knitted Christmas decorations: here. I particularly liked the knitted paper chain (yes, ok, this was largely because it looked the simplest of the lot) and decided to give it a go. And then, while on holiday in Dorset in October, I finally managed to find some appropriate yarn. Which meant I really had no excuse to procrastinate further.

You’ll notice I didn’t go for traditional Christmassy colours. Mind you, neither did The Twisted Yarn, so I feel vindicated. But I did opt for some variations on red and green, as you can see. It really is very easy: you basically knit lots of strips, then sew the ends together** to create the loops to make up the chain.*** The main thing I introduced that was different was that rather than knitting all my strips landscape, I did half of them portrait, as it were:

Getting ready to loop the loop.

Getting ready to loop the loops.

My aim was to add texture but actually I think perhaps I should have followed The Twisted Yarn to the letter after all. So much for going off piste. The portrait strips are a bit stretchier than the landscape ones so my chain is perhaps a bit more likely to look wrenched when hanging. Rats. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, as we know. But having knitted 30 strips – 15 of which were of the stretchier variety – I wasn’t about to start unravelling, I can tell you. Not on Christmas bloomin’ Eve!

And now, in a perverse triumph of poor photography (well, it’s not the New Year yet, and I did say I was hoping to sort out my photography skills next year, remember?), here it is hanging from the mantelpiece in our Growlery****:

The winter light is not playing ball, so the colours here are not true. Sorry. What can I say? I'm not one of life's great photographers. The colours in the other photos are more accurate.

The winter light is not playing ball, so the colours here are not true. Sorry. What can I say? I’m not one of life’s great photographers. The colours in the other photos are more accurate.

What’s next? Not sure yet. I have various unfinished projects, and quite a few not-yet-started ones – so first things first, I need to take stock and pick something. Watch this space!

* The Christmassy one.

** I hate sewing up. Bah! Humbug!

*** If you have a go at this, do try to remember to slip the strip you are about to sew into a loop through the last completed loop before you do so. You’d think this was obvious, wouldn’t you? Well, you’d be surprised how many times I forgot…

**** So-called after Jarndyce’s room in Bleak House. It’s where I work, so quite a lot of growling does reverberate around its walls.

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6 thoughts on “Knitted paper chain

  1. OK I’m blushing, now. And for the record, your paper chain is way nicer than mine: those colours really work in a modern-take-on-Christmas way. Thank you for the link (but to people reading this, Becky is being WAY more complimentary than I deserve). Merry Christmas!

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