Knitting a Quilt

Photo by Tiny Owl Knits

It seems like a ridiculously ambitious project – the knitting of an entire quilt. But little bits and bobs of leftover yarn fashioned into knitted shapes are such a smart preservation of those small amounts of  luxury yarns you’ve saved. The Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owls Knits has taken Ravelry by storm. Hundreds, no thousands of projects have been started, swaps have been initiated. It’s even inspired an entire new market area for yarn sellers in the quest for mini skeins to make those sweet little hexipuffs.

Hexipuffs Quilt

A knitted quilt has all the best parts of a sewn quilt: it’s a way to collect memorabilia for the crafter. Leftovers for projects you’ve crafted and reminders of friends you’ve acquired. The 3 purple/teal striped on the left are from my friend Leslie, sent all the way from Washington. The one in the middle is the leftover from the first slipper socks I made myself and have long since worn out. The little owl is from a talented new friend I made in a swap: and reminds me that I want to learn to duplicate stitch sweet little motifs onto my hexi’s.

Photo by NancyKnits

I’ve been thinking of the different shapes one can create, reminiscent of pieced fabric quilts. Hexipuffs remind me of the old fashioned Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. The Nine Patch Mitered Square by Nancyknits is high on my list and reminds me of the Nine Patch quilt I inherited from my own Great Grandmother. I can think of a dozen different color combinations I’d love to try in my own knitted nine patches.

Mini Skeins to Knit a Quilt

I’ve been collecting mini skeins for awhile now – long before I heard of these patterns, and now I collect with projects in mind – my own knitted quilts. These are ongoing projects that I feel no concern about hurrying to finish. Something I can add to in good time with the pieces I collect along the way.


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  1. Jennifer
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I have been working on my own beekeepers quilt the last few months, and it is so much fun!!!!!!! :-)

    • Mom
      Posted January 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      I agree Jennifer. Are you using up your own leftovers, or have you purchased some yarn to use for it? I’ve seen some people who are only using Koigu, or sticking to certain color schemes. For me, I’m not stuffing my little hexipuffs because I live in a warm weather area, but otherwise for color, I’m just using whatever leftovers I have or whatever mini skeins I trade for. Fun indeed!

      • Jennifer
        Posted January 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

        So far I have just been using leftovers……. It is going to look wild!!!! but I am totally pleased with wild-ness. I have been stuffing mine, they feel so cozy!!!!! Yay!

        • Mom
          Posted February 8, 2012 at 2:01 am | Permalink

          I’m all about wildness too Jennifer. I just love the charm of a multi-colored crazy quilt. :-)

  2. Posted January 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I can’t WAIT to have enough time to start making hexipuffs for my quilt.

    Oh, and this is the second blog today on which I’ve read the phrase “bits and bobs”; can’t say I’d heard it prior to today. Strange.

    • Mom
      Posted January 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      Okay, this is wierd. I was trying to think of the word – Synchronocity, to tell you how much I love it when those things happen – I feel like I’m getting some sort of message from the Universe or something – then I saw your blog address: Knitiosynchrasies!!! LOL! Awesome.

  3. Posted January 31, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I just made my very first hexipuff today, despite having it in my projects, untouched, for months! I am also into the idea of mini skeins (your handspun being my first!) where does one get their hands on some? I’d love to get a few for my blanket.

    • Mom
      Posted February 8, 2012 at 2:01 am | Permalink

      Alot of people make their own, I think, by winding up their leftover sock yarn into skeins of about 20 yards. I’ve seen people split entire skeins into mini skeins, then trade them in a group so they get alot of different ones. Also, I’ve noticed lots for sale at various yarny sites – especially etsy!

  4. martha doe
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    I want to know if you do the duplicate stitch before or after you stuff your hexipuff?

  5. Rachel Sanchez
    Posted April 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! It would make a great throw on the couch that I could just keep adding to as I get more scraps. I could make a “matching” pillow too with thinner yarns.

    • Mom
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      In our Simply Notable Ravelry group, we have a monthly thread where we try to meet our goals to knit these little hexi’s along with other mini projects every month. Would love to have you join us, Rachel!

  6. Rachel Sanchez
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I joined the Ravelry group in the past but haven’t been active since my family life keeps me super busy. Looks like I’ll have to pop in there more often as your mini-skein projects look perfect for my purse knitting. Those portable projects that bring art to otherwise wasted time are among my absolute favorite things to do.

    • Mom
      Posted April 5, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      I’m with you. Even working full time, I can manage a few little projects each month. It’s fun to set goals and share the results too. Plus, you can win mOrE mInI sKeInS! Hee Hee!

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