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The Scarf of Many Colors - A Knitting Project to Use Up Yarn in Your Stash

This scarf was made completely out of yarn that was already in the stash, and many of those since years. At least 30 different scrap yarns were used and some even used up for this project.

When you knit or crochet a lot and have leftover yarn, it is normally a shame to throw it away. But often it is not really enough to use for a new project... until now. This scarf is perfect for all of those little amounts that you have been collecting. It is an easy technique how to knit the the different colors of yarn so that they blend with the next colors. This is such a fun scarf to make because you really do not know how the result will look like, except that it will be pretty and the most unique colored scarf in town.

It is very snuggly and warm when you wrap the scarf around your next twice and looks wonderful. Because it was knitted at a long length, the scarf still will drape nicely over your coat, even when you wrap it twice.

The fringe was crocheted which gives the scarf a beautiful finish and adds to the colorful yarn effect.

 

 

Knitting - Scarf of Many Colors

For this project you will need:

Yarn Stash

 

Finally a project to use up some yarn! :)

 

- lots of yarn from your stash - for this project the yarn weights varied from fingering or sock yarn to medium yarns
- a circular knitting needle of 10 millimeter in metric (size 15 US) (000 UK/ Canada)
- a crochet hook size 9 millimeter in metric or (size M US) or (00 in the UK/ Canada)

There are no set rules how long or wide the scarf should be. You can adjust your the width and length of the scarf to be the size you need.

The finished size of this particular scarf measures 40 centimeters x 2 meters which is about 15 x 79 inches. That is really long and you do not have to make your scarf that long. In fact, when you knit it that long, the weight of the yarn tends to pull the length and make it longer... it looks then somehow like the length of a Dr. Who scarf after you have worn it a few times. That is the experience I have had. So the best would be not to knit it as long as I did unless you really like long scarves.

Gauge: 10 stiches and 14 rows = approximately 10 centimeters or 4 inches (this will vary a little throughout the whole knitting process as you will be changing the yarns regularily.

Stockinette Stitch: Knit all odd sides (the front side) and purl all even sides (the back side).

Tips About This Scrapbusting Technique:

The scarf was always knitted with 3 yarns simultaneously. What looks really great is when always at least one of the yarns a variegated yarn. The changing of the color of the variegated yarn will add more interest to all of the rows.

This scarf was knitted with always at least 1 variegated yarn plus 2 solid colors or 1 solid color plus 2 variegated yarn colors.

Try to keep the yarn weights even. That means do not knit with 3 very thin yarns or 3 much thicker yarns simultaneously. We often knitted with 2 thinner yarns plus 1 thicker yarn, 3 middle weight yarns or 1 thicker yarn plus 1 middle weight yarn plus 1 thinner yarn. This helps keep the gauge balanced.

Scarf Color Sample
This is a color sample of how the yarns look. You see how the colors are sort of an ombre effect as they blend into the next added colors.

Important before you start: This particular scarf was knitted with the stockinette stitch, but you can knit your scarf using any kind of stitch you like.

Though the stockinette stitch really lets you see and enjoy the color changes, but it is not always the best choice for a scarf. Some do not like the stockinette stitch for scarves because the stockinette stitch tends to curl at the sides. You can prevent curling by always only knitting the first and last two to three stitches, no matter which side of the scarf you are working on. The remaining stitches in between are then knitted in the stockinette stitch.

Instructions to knit the scarf:

1. Start with the first choice of 3 colors that harmonize with each other. Cast on 38 stitches (or any amount you please, depending on the width you want your scarf to be) on your circular knitted needle. Knit 5 rows in the stockinette stitch. Now exchange out one of the colors with a new color that will harmonize with the remaining 2 colors.

2. Knit 5 more rows. Exchange out a second color of the original colors 3 with a new color that will harmonize with the remaining two colors.

3. Knit 5 more rows. Exchange out the last of the original 3 colors with a new color that will harmonize with the remaining 2 colors.

Now you have 3 totally new colors on your needles than you had at the beginning.

4. Knit 5 more rows. Replace the added color from step 1 with a new color that will harmonizw with the remaining 2 colors.

5. Knit 5 more rows. Replace the added color from step 2 with a new color that will harmonizw with the remaining 2 colors.

6. Knit 5 more rows. Replace the added color from step 3 with a new color that will harmonizw with the remaining 2 colors.

Continue in this manner until the scarf has reached a length you want it to be. Every color will be used for a maxium of 15 rows before it is exchanged out. You can of course add the color again at a later point if you wish to use it up more.

 

You do not have to stick to a 5 row method if you do not want to. That was simply how this scarf was created. You can use as many rows as you like or just wait until a partiular color runs out before you start a new color to replace it.

 

 

 

To create the fringe (optional if you like it):

Crochet Fringe Tutorial 1
1. Insert your needle into the bottom corner of one end of the scarf. Using two yarns of choice (we used 1 dark color plus 1 variegated yarn for more interest) create a loop with them.

Crochet Fringe Tutorial 2
2. Slip stitch the loop to the scarf end.

Crochet Fringe Tutorial 3
3. Chain 15.

Crochet Fringe Tutorial 4
4.Slip stitch into the first chain from the hook. You do this by inserting the hook into the chain and then wrap the yarn from the back to the front of the hook...

Crochet Fringe Tutorial 5
5. ...and pull it through the 2 stitches with the hook.

Crochet Fringe Tutorial 6
6. Continue this for the remaining 14 stitches of the chain.

Crochet Fringe Tutorial 7
7. Then insert the hook into the next stitch of the scarf and slip stitch the yarn to connect it. Then again will you will chain 15 as in step 3 and slip stitch the remaining 14 stitches to the beginning.

Crochet Fringe Tutorial 8
8. Continue step 3-7 until you reach the other corner of the scarf. Before you close off the yarn, finish off by slip stitching one more time into the corner stitch. This will secure the last fringe nicely to the scarf. Then cut the yarn with a 10 centimeter length and weave the ends into the scarf to finish it off.

 

 

 

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