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Complete Knitting Instructions (including fringe) here.
The Yarn Stash contains a bin of “loved and left” – over yarn.
Every knitter has some – might be left over from a sweater or maybe it was a single skein (on clearance) that was just too beautiful to pass up – but there every knitter has “oddments.”
Their fiber content and weight may vary. And while they are usually small on yardage, oddments are typically beautiful, soft and very patient – as they wait to be used!
sorting drooling over my Yarn Stash, I noticed a preponderance of pinks and browns – colors I have been drawn to for a few years. Two of the yarns were gorgeous handpainted – combining pinks and a caramel brown!
With one exception, the yarns were in the vicinity of worsted weight. The fiber content varied from acrylic to cashmere – and everything in between.
Linen Stitch is very forgiving – a slight change in the gauge will not be visible, so all of these varied yarns could be used.
Using the longest Size 10.5 circulars in the Knitting Needle Stash, I cast on 310 stitches using the Caramel acrylic.
Returning to the start of the cast-on, I started the Linen Stitch with a mystery dark brown acrylic highlighted with a gold metallic thread (absolutely no idea why I have this yarn).
Returning again to the start end, the next row of Linen Stitch used one of the handpainted…
….and I was hooked!
The Linen Stitch worked to bring the colors together! Each row was as intriguing as the one before!
After a few
mistakes explorations, I discovered that each row required 6 yards of yarn. A quick check of The Stash found one very small oddment that was added to the available yarns. Six yards is not very much.
The Linen Stitch is the same every row – and since work is always done from the right side – it is just knitting – no purling involved.
After a while, the K1, yf, S1, yb, repeat, repeat, repeat, developed a rhythm and the scarf flew off the needles.
After 66 rows, the Caramel Acrylic was used for the final Linen Stitch row and then again to bind off.
Because I am drawn to pinks and browns, the scarf will coordinate with many of my garments – but I am already planning a visit to the Fabric Stash to find coordinating colors.
The mixture of fibers makes the scarf so comfortable to wear – not a single itch! As the majority of the yarns were cotton or cotton/microfiber the scarf hangs with a nice drape.
The 310 stitches * 68 rows created a scarf that is 6 feet long and 7″ wide.
The 60+ yarns hanging off both ends were double twisted, knotted and trimmed to create a controlled fringe.
Obviously, this is not the first pattern for a linen stitch scarf – all homage to those who created them before – it was those that inspired me to try this Scrap Couture Project!
Oh I see what you do when your sewing machine is broken. Where you gonna waer that in Arizona?
Not in July, that is for certain! But evening here are chilly – not Adirondack winter chilly – but cool enough for a beauty like this. Might have to fix that sewing machine to create a vest to wear with it!
It looks amazing! I recently began a linen stitch scarf using some fresh balls from my stash. Love the look!
I love your scarf. I find linen stitch scarves very addictive. I’ve done two and am eyeing off my stash for more yarn combinations.
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Lovely colour palette 🙂
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I have three skeins of coordinating Claudia Hand Painted Yarn, fingering weight. Would this work? How many stitches would you cast on?
Claudia Hand Painted Yarn will look amazing knit into a linen stitch scarf = and so soft!
If you are a member of Ravelry, check out the Mini Mania Scarf . It is a FREE linen stitch scarf pattern for fingering weight. The author recommends size 6 needles and notes that 400 stitches will be just over 4 feet long and 500 stitches would create a scarf 5.5 feet long. Using the pattern may also help with determining amount of yarn required.
Another similar free pattern that does not require a Ravelry membership recommends 501 stitches on size 5 needles.
Enjoy your beautiful project!
I did find both of these scarves, and plan to start on one of them tomorrow! Thanks so much! I passed the information on to my knitting forum, as someone there was looking for ideas on how to use up her sock yarn stash. Perfect!
I love reading your blog. I craft, sew (a bit), repurpose, knit, embroider, and whatever my hands can find to do. I feel right at home in your space and want to make everything! But I might just start with a linen stitch scarf. Thanks so much for your ideas and fun tips.