I just inherited a WHOLE LOT of chenille yarn, both cotton and synthetic, from someone who is moving. The yarn is beautiful, colorful, and delightful, but I havn't the foggiest what kind of projects/objects/garmets/tricks/pitfalls/etc come along with it.
So I'm throwing out a request for ideas on what to knit with it (I'm an intermediate/advanced knitter in terms of stitches if not yarn), what works well with it, and otherwise general info about how to work with it.
All I have any idea about using it for is for a scarf. I made my mom a gorgeous scarf using the chenille I had. Good question though. I have a skein left over of the Chennile thick and quick and would like some ideas for it.
On the Needles: Calla Tank (Magknits.com) and a baby blanket for my co-worker
What about a floppy teddy bear or sock monkey type thing? They would certainly be cuddly! Or knit a small tube, thread some elastic through and make a scrunchie. An afghan and matching throw pillow? Knit 2 squares and stitch them together around a plain white pillow form.... OR a pillow in a complementary color, if you want to do some openwork knitting, I think that would look neat (I'm picturing a wine colored pillow encased in emerald green)
How come I can never think of anything when *I* need an idea? Now I guess I have to go buy some chenille and a pillow.
Of course, the chenille I inherited is is huge spools (a foot tall, 8-10 inches wide or more each!) and very fine weight (thinner than fingering weight sometimes). Lots of these ideas sound like they'd work better with thicker yarn.
So another question:
Is there a good way to work with more than one ply of yarn, or wrap yarn balls or hanks in double or triple ply, or otherwise find some handy way to multiply the threads to thicken them?
And for all those pattern ideas, I want to go out and get *more* normal weight chenille and knit them! Which is the last thing I need because I have a whole corner of my room devoted to chenille spools now :)
Chenille, chenille! I think people either love it or hate it.
I have half of my walk-in closet filled with cones of chenille in a ton of different thicknesses and colors.
One hint is that it seems easier to crochet with than it is to knit. It tends to be kind of twisty. Try putting a manageable amount into a ball rather than knitting it right off the cone. Otherwise, you might see some slanty knitting fabric and you'll get discouraged. A little trick I do is to keep the tension kind of taut and even is by threading my working yarn between my toes, giving me a couple of nice straight feet of yarn leading up to my hand.
Having said that, I will tell you it's really lovely to make into a bathrobe, or pillows as someone else said. Afghans are also great made of chenille. Scarves, beret-type hats..anything that should be soft and cuddly. I tried to make a tote bag out of it, but it was too squishy so I doubled it with some color-coordinated homespun and the bag is great.
I have some white chenille that is 2000 ypp. For the longest time I didn't know what to make out of it, but now I think it would be really nice made into a very lacy shawl. mmmmmmmmmm
Good luck with your chenille. If you like it, yell out and I will tell you where I get all mine at an amazing price.