Confetti Scarf by MAR HECK September, 2015
I took this to my mk guild for show and tell. I introduced it by saying, “You’re probably going to think I’m crazy….” when I was interrupted by a dear but wonky friend who said, “Oh! That boat has left already!” REALLY! We have a lot of fun in our guild mtgs, so I didn’t take it toooooo seriously. This was from a person who made a quilt that consisted of more than 10,000 pieces. So who’s cray cray now?
Here’s how I made the scarf. Take a really thin yarn that you maybe can’t think of another use for and use it as your main yarn. I used a cone of Tamm Spirit, which I doubt is made any more, as my main yarn. The label says it’s 97% acrylic and 3% cotton. I wonder why bother with the cotton since it’s such a minimal amount. It looks and feels like a dress yarn. Anyway, for the contrast yarns I took snippets, about 6 to 9“ long of seven colors of other yarns and doubled them. (I used red, turquoise, blue, yellow, light green, purple and hot pink.) I had a lot of cone ends that needed to be knit up. I randomly ewrapped these snippets onto the needles in work. The needles are pulled all the way out for the ewrapping. I left ½” hanging on each end and hung onto the beginning end when I pulled the carriage across . No need to tie a knot at the beginning and no need to work in these ends. Knitting with the thinnest yarn and a fairly loose tension makes the fabric almost lacy looking.
Machine: any, but a midgauge or bulky seem to work best. I used an LK150 midgauge.
Gauge: doesn’t matter. I used T 3 since the main yarn is so thin.
Yarn: as described in note above. The contrast colors were Tamm Sky, Mary Lou Solo, mystery yarn, 7 colors. A fancy novelty yarn would be fun to try too.
Skill level: very beginner
Finished size: for a scarf that is long enough to go around the neck and do some fancy tying, about 14” wide and 7 feet long. Measure as you knit. You could also make a circle scarf by joining beginning to end. Twist or not. I seamed mine the long way so that the fringes and purl side were the public side.
Ewrap on the number of stitches you need to get the width. Mine was 60 stitches wide on the midgauge. Choose a tension that knits smoothly with your yarn. Add weight evenly distributed. Knit 10 rows. Grab one of your snippets, pull out some needles and ewrap the snippet doubled on as many needles as it will cover, right on top of main yarn. If you pull out too many needles for the length of your snippet, just leave them. Since you aren’t doing patterning, they will just knit. If you didn’t pull out enough needles, pull out some more. Knit 2 to 4 plain rows (or more as you wish) with the main yarn. I knit different number of rows randomly too. Add other snippets randomly color-wise and placement- wise across the needle bed---- as many as you wish across the row. Don’t forget to move the weights up every 20 rows or so. Repeat until the scarf is long enough. The more snippets you add, the longer it will take to complete the scarf, but the more colorful it will be. If your snippets are made of fatter yarn, you may not need to double it.
I laid out my snippets on the chair beside me so that I could make the color scheme look random. I didn’t want too many sections of the same color. You will need a lot of them. Trim ends so that they are basically the same length. Steam the scarf to control the edges if you’re not seaming. It’s kinda fun to make and definitely different.
The yarn I used: main and fringes