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Knitting and Crochet Random Stripe Generator

Randomly generate stripes for knitting and crochet projects.

I love it when I discover new things online that I haven’t seen before and this is one of those things… the Random Stripe Generator for knitting and crocheting.

You reach a point in your life where the floor around your Lazy Boy recliner is covered with every imaginable color of yarn left over from various projects (or intentionally purchased for your stash). What’s a girl to do? Mix it all up and make something colorful with the Random Strip Generator.

Just select the yarn colors, how many rows per color and how many total rows in all. Click the button and it will instantly randomly generate a striped pattern for you to follow.

There is also a weighted random stripe generator for different amounts of yarn.

Click here for the Random Stripe Generator.

Randomly generate stripes for knitting and crochet projects.

Knitting Cardigans For a Change

shapely boyfriend cardigan

I haven’t touched my sewing machine(s) in months.  Then Christmas came and I had to make room for the tree, so I put it all away.  My “sewing station” has been up for about four years in the middle of my living/dining room.  I go through phases that last several years at a time.

My new phase is knitting.  I love to wear cardigan sweaters at work and thought I’d try my hand at making one.  I am now on my sixth or seventh sweater.  I’ve completely ripped out all of them, except one.  The hardest part is finding patterns that I can understand.  It’s not that I can’t do the stitches, it’s that some are so poorly written that I have absolutely no idea what to do.  As I sharpen my skills and gain more confidence, I’ll go back and re-write them in a way that makes sense to me.

My photography skills suck, but here is one I wear a lot.  It’s made with Red Heart Black Fleck worsted yarn.  The pattern I used is called the Shapely Boyfriend cardigan.  I also added pockets.  I’m doing another one in Red Heart’s Aran Fleck, but without the hip shaping.

Red Heart Super Saver Economy Yarn, Black

shapely boyfriend cardigan

I learned to knit about 45 years ago when I was a teenager.  Back then it was on straight needles.  My mom had a set of Mary Maxim Canadian needles.  My personal stash of needles wasn’t complete.  Short ones, long ones, aluminum, plastic, bamboo in all kinds of hit and miss sizes.  Every sweater pattern I wanted to do needed some size I didn’t have, so I broke down and bought a set of Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Deluxe Interchangeable Needle Set.  I just LOVE them.  BTW, they also work with needles and cables from Knit Picks.  I picked up some extra Knit Picks cables and they fit my KPD needles just fine.