Fun with Yarn:
It's a lot of fun two combine two very different yarns into one project and see what happens. This fizzy fuzzy scarf uses a basic 100 percent wool yarn and a funky multi-colored acrylic and polyester blend carry along to make a completely warm and functional scarf that is also a riot to wear. It's a somewhat short scarf, but worn tucked into your coat it will keep you nice and cozy.
- one skein of Cascade 220, or about 165 yards of a 100 percent wool yarn (I used black, but pick any color that coordinates with your second yarn)
- four skeins of Bird of Paradise, or about 165 yards of any thin but fluffy carry along novelty yarn (I used color number 6)
- size 10 US needles
- tapestry or yarn needle or crochet hook
About four stitches per inch in pattern stitch. Gauge is not critical.
Finished size is about 6 inches wide and 40 inches long.
- Holding both yarns together, cast on 24 stitches. Work with both yarns held together throughout.
- Work in knit one, purl one ribbing until nearly out of the Bird of Paradise yarn.
- Bind off.
- Cut off excess yarn.
- Use a crochet hook or needle to weave in ends.
About the Pattern:
It might seem a little strange to use a ribbed pattern on a project where it is difficult to see the stitches. But when you get up close to this scarf, you can see that the ribbing adds structure and dimension to the scarf, and makes it even more fun to touch than it would be if you'd knit it in garter stitch.
About the Yarns:
Cascade 220 is a very popular 100 percent Peruvian wool yarn that comes in more than 100 colors in 220 yard skeins. Solids, heathers and tweeds are available, as well as many colors in a superwash wool.
Euro Yarns' Bird of Paradise is a thin strand of black yarn accentuated by different colored tufts reminiscent of Bird of Paradise flowers. The yarn is 85 percent acrylic and 15 percent polyester. It comes in 41 yard, 25 gram balls and is made in France. If you can't find Bird of Paradise at your local yarn store, try The Knitting Zone.