Magic Knitting

I received a beautiful magic ball when our Simply Notable Ravelry Group had a magic ball swap last January. My partner had made up a wondrous magic ball of superwash sock weight leftovers in gorgeous hues.

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I searched patterns for awhile with a certain amount of indecision because I wanted to show off the interesting and colorful interplay of the joined scraps. I wanted to pay homage to the super scrappiness of the magic ball, you might say.

I finally settled on Diving In by Mam’zelle Flo, which actually is a recipe for knitting a shallow shawl on the bias rather than a full fledged pattern. It doesn’t get any easier than this. I was lulled into a sort of knitting nirvana by the miles and miles of garter stitch on an easy to memorize 4 row repeat that creates the bias. The best sort of mindless knitting – great for television watching or audiobook listening.

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And the result? This pattern really paid off. I’m thrilled with the way the bold stripes swoop across the shawl. The colors suit my desert southwest surroundings so well.

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I think the picot bind off adds just the right touch of cowgirl.

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Knitting Using a Magic Ball | SimplyNotable.comThanks, Lisa, for the beautiful palette – the glorious magic cake of possibilities! I’ll wear the heck out of this one – and will think of you every time!

Are you inspired to make a magic ball for a friend? What would you make with your own? Oh, the possibilities!




  1. Suzanne says

    What a pretty finish! I’m inspired to make one of those magic yarn balls but so far I am still in the place of accumulating yarn bits. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • Mom says

      Awwww, thanks Lisa! You give me too much credit. I was gifted the beautiful yarn and used a clever free pattern. Those girls have the real talent! But thanks so much for your kind comment. Made my day! :-)

  2. Renee says

    Love your shawl and this idea of doing the ‘magic ball’. What a fabulous idea!! You did a beautiful job on your knitting. I am also quite taken with your yarn bowl. Where did you get it? Really pretty. Shawl, magic ball, yarn bowl, Oh My Heck. . . new and ideas on the horizon!! Thanks!!

    • Mom says

      Hello Renee! The yarn bowl is actually a rice bowl meant to hold a set of chopsticks at the top that I bought from a potter at a craft show once upon a time. I’ve seen them made from clay and bamboo too at various home stores. They’re great for knitting, although since you put the yarn through that hole instead of a slit in the bowl, like bowls meant for yarn have, once you start knitting, you can’t get it out of the bowl until you’re done! LOL! That doesn’t bother me a bit, but could be a drawback if you decided you wanted to put the project in a bag and make it portable. Thanks for your kind comments! :-)

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