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What can you make with a 10g ball of wool?

 

I’ll admit it, I have a bit of an obsession with wool. At any one time, I will have 100’s of balls of wool in my craft studio (ok, one or two may also have found their way into the living room, bedroom and probably my handbag), but that doesn’t stop me from buying more. I recently came across a new brand of wool that I have fallen head over heels in love with. The range is called Paint Box Yarns (available here) and they have every single pastel shade I could ever ask for. What I also loved was that they sell individual 10g balls of wool for 75p each. Granted, it’s not the most economical way of shopping for wool, when the 100g balls are only £2.25, but it’s ideal if like me you tend to buy in bulk and want to test out the colour first. I did in fact order a couple of these mini balls for this very reason. However this got me thinking about setting myself a challenge. Could I come up with projects that could each be completed with just one of these 10g balls? Yes! I love all of these projects not just because they’re all so freaking cute, but also because they are lovely quick craft projects that can be completed in just an hour or so. Try them out and let me know in the comments below which one is your favourite.

1.Pom-pom Keyring

You will need:

  • Wool
  • Something for making a pompom with. I used the 4.5cm Clover pompom maker (available here), but if you prefer to make yours using cardboard that certainly works too. I will be using the pompom maker method though, as it’s just so nice and easy! I’m just giving very basic instructions for using the pompom maker, but if you want one that goes into more detail, as well as other methods for making pompoms, I would recommend this excellent tutorial at Red Ted Arts.
  • Some fairly pointy scissors
  • A yarn needle
  • An empty keyring (available here)

 

To start with, wrap the wool around the first half of the pompom maker. When the first side is done, repeat on the second side. As soon as you are happy that your pompom is the thickness you want, make sure both sides of the pompom are closed and cut around the middle. It should be starting to look nice and pompom-y (brb…off to get that word added to the Oxford English Dictionary), just like in the third image (above).

Next cut off a few inches of wool and tie this around the middle of the pompom maker, tying nice and tightly. Once your pompom is secure, open out and remove the pompom maker. At this point, I like to give it a bit of trim, to even things out a bit. Lastly, cut off another few inches of wool and thread it through your yarn needle. Put the needle underneath the wool tied around the middle of the pompom and thread the wool through, leaving an inch or so tail. Make a stitch going through the keyring and looping around the wool in the middle. Repeat this 6 or 7 times until the keyring feels secure. Cut the wool so that you have an inch or so at that end as well. Tie both loose ends together and then trim so that they are the same length as the rest of the pompom. Et viola!

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2.Egg Cosy

You will need:

  • Wool
  • 3.5mm Crochet Hook

Not only will this keep your breakfast nice and warm but I think they look super cute too. They are an ideal project with Easter coming up and are a really good project for beginners (fyi… I will be adding a beginners crochet tutorial soon, so if you are looking to learn crochet, keep an eye out for that.)

 

 

Please note, I write all my patterns using UK terminology. If you need any clarification, please let me know.

 

To start, make a magic ring with your wool, as in the first picture (above).

Rnd 1: DC 6 into the ring.

Rnd 2: 2DC in each stitch. Repeat to end of round. You’ll now have 12 stitches.

Rnd 3: 1DC into the first stitch. 2DC into the next stitch. Repeat to end of round. You’ll          now have 18 stitches.

Rnd 4: 1 DC into first two stitches. 2DC into 3rd stitch. Repeat to end of round. You’ll now have 24 stitches.

Rnd 5-10: 1DC in each stitch. Repeat to end of round.

Round 11: In first stitch, chain 4. Skip two stitches, slip stitch into next stitch. Repeat to end of round.

Round 12: 5TR in chain space. Slip stitch into next chain space. Repeat to end. Tie off wool.

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3.Knitted Mug Cosy

What you will need:

  • Wool
  • 4mm Knitting Needles
  • Ribbon
  • Button
  • Needle and Thread

This is a fantastically easy project, perfect for beginners.

First cast on 35 stitches (the cup I was making this for was quite large. You may want to cast on slightly fewer stitches for your own cup.) Knit 20 rows in plain knit then cast off. Take your ribbon, and at one end of your knitted rectangle, make a loop. Sew the ribbon in place and then on the opposite side, sew on a button. Done. See, super easy!

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4. Decorative Tassels

This is probably the easiest one but is super versatile. I tied mine straight to my handbag, but they make great keychains or decorations for the home.

Measure out a piece of wool that’s a little more than twice the length you want your tassel to be. Mine was 7 inches, meaning the finished tassel will be about 3 inches. Keep folding the wool back on itself until the tassel is the thickness that you want. Cut another piece of wool a few inches long and tie it around the centre of the tassel. Cut away the ends, making sure to get all of the loops. Lastly, cut another piece of wool, slightly longer this time. Wrap it around the tassel about 1cm from the top. Secure and cut.

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5. Knitted Bow Hair Clip

What you will need:

  • Wool
  • 4mm Knitting Needles
  • Pin
  • Hair Clip
  • Glue Gun

This is another lovely easy project for beginner knitters and the finished product is super cute!

 

First cast on 5 stitches. Knit 1 row, pearl 1 row until your work is roughly 4 inches long. Fold the two ends so that they meet in the middle with a very slight overlap. Sew into place.

 

Next, get a length of wool, roughly 8″ long. Wrap it around the middle of the bow several times. Tie to secure and thread the loose ends back underneath. Now it’s time to get the glue gun out! Put a small amount of glue on the hair clip. Firmly press it on the back of the bow, moving the wool you just wrapped out of the way slightly. Watch your fingers! Once the glue has set, move the wrapped wool back so that it covers up the top of the hair clip. All done!

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(Elegantly modelled by me!)

6. Rose Brooch

What you will need:

  • Wool
  • 3.5mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Brooch Back (available here)
  • Needle and Thread

 

Roses like this are one of my favourite things to make. I just think they are totally adorable.

Chain 31. Slip stitch into the second chain. *Chain 3, skip 1, slip stitch* to the end of the row. Turn. Slip stitch into first chain space, *4 treble crochet, slip stitch into same space, slip stitch into next chain space* to end of row. Secure and cut wool.

You’ll notice that your work will be curling up slightly. Following this natural curl, wind the work into a spiral shape. You’ll see that it starts to look like a flower (you may need to adjust the petals slightly, by gently stretching them out). When you’re happy with the shape of your rose, sew it into place with a length of wool. Lastly, sew the brooch back on. Ta-da!

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