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The Perfect Leftovers Project

February 3rd, 2010

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Amazing Striped ScarfAfter completing a small project with Amazing, I was left with about 20 small balls in various colors, each ranging from about 5-15 yards in length. With such short lengths of yarn, I decided the best thing to do would be to make a striped scarf. I used this Brooklyn Tweed scarf as inspiration and cast on 25 stitches. I then worked in a 1×1 rib, alternating between colors every 2 rows. When I used up an entire ball, I simply changed to another. The result is a beautiful mixture of the Mesa, Olympia, Wildflowers, Ruby, and Aurora colorways. While I only used small amounts of leftover yarn, the finished scarf measures about 3.5 inches wide by 60 inches long. I love how the finished scarf shows off both the vibrant brights and delicate muted tones. Best of all, I’ve used up all of the small leftovers that were sitting around my desk! I did have to weave in a lot of ends, but the completed scarf made it all worthwhile.

  • Dominique

    This scarf is so nice!! I love it!

  • Grace

    Lovely!

  • Terry

    Your arrangement of the colors is outstanding!

  • DCAlaneKnits

    So beautiful! I just can’t wait to try that Amazing yarn. Every single one is so beautiful. I promised myself to work out of my stash, though. I haven’t been successful at it yet, though.

  • Michelle

    Does this scarf work when your yarns are different weights and types? My leftovers consist of ALL kinds of weights and types but when I’ve tried putting them together to get an idea for a project, they don’t seem to go together? Any suggestions?

    Jess Says: Hi, Michelle. The fun thing about a striped scarf is that it doesn’t have to match. If you try this scarf with different yarn weights, the width and height of each stripe will change. For example, if you are striping a worsted weight with a bulky weight, the bulky stripes will be taller and wider than the worsted ones. This can be a design element if you like the way it looks. When combining different fiber content, make sure to wash and dry your scarf according to the more delicate yarn’s care instruction. I hope that helps!

  • http://extremelifechanges.org valerie andrews

    I absolutely love the scarf! I am going to try this using my Tunisian Crochet hooks. I am just perfecting the art and this will be a great project for trying a different stitch. Left over yarn? Who doesn’t have lots of that. Thanks for this great idea.

  • Jessica-Jean

    If you have a lot of leftover bits of yarn and want to avoid the tiresome weaving in of ends … Here’s what I’m doing with mine: . The photo shows nothing, but I had already bought two scatter-rugs done in it. I bought them in a church bazaar because the pattern intrigued me and it was easier to buy them for a buck than try to puzzle it out then and there. When I had some trouble with the pattern, I asked on the Crochet Partners (Yahoo group) and was pointed to this pattern. It works beautifully! I’m using a wild assortment of yarns -some thicker than worsted and others much thinner – and all the ends are either left on the ends to be the fringe, or worked over as added in. In two weeks, a queen-sized bedspread is about three-fifths done. It will be an eye-opener!

  • Jessica-Jean

    hmm … the link didn’t go through. If you google Narrow Step Afghan, you’ll find the pattern I was talking about. And there’s no need to make it into an afghan. Just a few rows worked lengthwise makes a lovely belt and a few more could be a scarf.