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Stash Scarf

Stash Scarf.

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Destash and Perk up Your Wardrobe:

There comes a time in every knitter's life when she looks at her yarn storage situation and says "enough is enough," particularly when it comes to those little balls of remnant yarn left over from past projects.

If you've gotten to this state, consider knitting yourself or someone you know a simple Stash Scarf. Knit in Garter Stitch, with colors changing when you want or need to, the finished effect is colorful, fun and a great way to perk up a dark winter day.


  • as many little balls of medium weight yarn as you want or need for the length of scarf you're envisioning (I used approximately 300 yards in mine)
  • one pair size 7 US straight needles
  • scissors, yarn needle and a lot of patience for weaving in ends


Roughly 18 stitches and 34 rows per 4 inches (about 4.5 stitches and 8.5 rows per inch) in Garter Stitch. Gauge is not critical and will vary slightly between different yarns.


Project as written is about 6 inches wide. You can knit to whatever length you like; mine is about 60 inches.


  1. Cast on 24 stitches.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch, changing colors whenever you like, until scarf is desired length, or about 60 inches. Cut each yarn as you go, and leave a decent tail at both ends.
  3. Bind off, cut the last yarn and weave in ends. You may want to weave in ends as you go to save some of your sanity.

Project Tips:

There really are no rules when it comes to knitting a stash project, but it helps if most of your yarns are basically the same weight. Thinner yarns can be used double, and thicker yarns will make a firmer fabric, but in the end it will all work out to a nice scarf.

If you like straight color breaks, make sure you always start with a new yarn on the right side of the fabric. Otherwise you'll get a dashed line. If that doesn't bother you, change colors whenever you like.

As mentioned above, you may find it less frustrating if you weave in some of your ends as you go rather than leaving them all to the end.

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