Last time, I suggested a list of sites for information and instructions on how to make a Twiddlemuff. When I started, these were invaluable, but I quickly developed my own style. For example, in the instructions here and here it suggests knitting an ‘inside’ as well as an outside. I knit only one thickness.
In addition, I attach beads and buttons as I go along, not at the end – although of course, there’s no reason not to do it at the end – except that I find it quicker and easier to attach bits and bobs as I go along. This also makes knitting one thickness much easier.
I’m using a selection of yarns designed to give different looks and feels. The gold for example is super shiny, but metallic to the touch, so I used only small quantities. The very thin metalic yarn (4th from the right) can be combined with a thicker plain yarn to make it glitter. By contrast, the black, red and purple are very soft and touchable. The green is organic cotton I had left over from another project and the multicoloured acrylic yarn in the centre gives a very bright effect which matches nearly every other colour. The yarn on the left makes big soft bobbles and is great for either end of the muff.
All these yarns are great for mixing with plainer yarns. Although, as you can see, the different textured yarns are different plys and result in a variety of widths. I’m not sure this is a big deal as they will stretch anyway when used.
I started off using up all my odds and ends and gradually developed a ‘style’ using shades of two, three or more colours which I felt worked well together. Here is a personal favourite:
Generally, I stick to plain and purl stitches, altering them to give different textures. But (above in light green and below in green and yellow) popcorn or blackberry stitch works well too, to produce bobbles and contrast. I also like the rib stitches at the ends otherwise the muffs curl up.
And I tried a ripple / ridge effect in multicoloured yarn – visible to the left of the large black button. While it doesn’t look too impressive on the photo, it feels good.