About this item
Our favorite lengthwise scarf takes advantage of the fact that, if you start with three yarns and change yarn every row, the next one you need will always be waiting right where you need it—as if by magic! Because you're changing yarns every row, you get a beautifully integrated fabric (not too stripey) with no wrong side. A great stash-busting project!
THE BASIC RECIPE
You can use this basic 'recipe' to make a scarf, wrap or throw of any length and width you wish. Our most successful pieces use at least one bulky yarn, and often include our favorite seasonal novelty yarn. You can't go wrong, so have fun!
For a medium sized scarf (approx. 6"/15cm wide x 60"/153cm long, you'll need approx. 87 yds/80m each of three different yarns, plus approx 5–15% more for fringe.
We like mixing one textured yarn, one fuzzy yarn and one smooth yarn; or three colors of the same yarn. At least one of your yarns should call for a needle size US 10–15 (6-10mm).
Start with a 24–36"/60–90cm circular needle in the size recommended for your thickest yarn; you might change size after you evaluate your swatch. You'll also need one needle two sizes larger than gauge needle to bind off; and a crochet hook to match gauge needle size for provisional cast-on and to attach optional fringe.
Knit a garter stitch approx. 5 x 5"/13 x 13cm in your three-yarn sequence and see how you like the fabric. Once you have a fabric you love, measure your gauge over 4 interior inches of your swatch and divide by 4 to determine stitches per inch. This is your stitch gauge; it will help you determine how many stitches to cast on.