Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 194 and Shorts

I'm not a hoarder!!! Though I suppose some people might worry a little bit because of how adamant I am about not throwing any scraps of yarn away. 4 yards is my cut off. If I have 4 yards of any particular yarn, I'll mostly likely keep it.

This scarf uses less than 4 yards for every single stripe. It's very similar to mixed berries, but for this scarf both ends are fringed and only one row is completed with a color. If you have a stash of scraps so small and scrappy, you're embarrassed to admit you have them, this is what you can do.

All of my scraps were worsted weight held double (4 yards) but you could use bulky (2 yards) or sport held triple (6 yards) all to the same effect and really clear out that scrap bin. If you're not a fan of letting nature take its course by choosing your colors at random, grab yourself a ruler and wrap your yarns around it. 4 rounds of each color on the width of your ruler will give a pretty decent proportional idea of your finished scarf. You'll get the benefit of planning without having to dig out colored pencils that don't even really match. Not only that, 4 wraps is so very small that you could do dozens of different color schemes without it feeling like a chore.

Size M or N hook

Leave a 4 to 6 inch tail and chain 7. Cut the yarn leaving a 4 to 6 inch end tail and tie off.

*For every single stripe: Make a slip knot and place it on your hook. Yarn over (use your fingers to hold it in place). Put the hook in the very first stitch and complete a double crochet stitch as normal. DC 6 more stitches, tie off.*

Repeat this instruction as many times as you'd like with as many different colors as you like until your scarf is complete. Trim the fringe even, leave them crazy, or even trim them in a zig zag or wave pattern. If your yarn is bulky, you could cut the ends quite short and they would stick out horizontally for an interesting effect.

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