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Magic Three-Yarn Scarf & Wrap

Knitting
October 2012
Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi) ?
US 11 - 8.0 mm
various
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“Easy as 1 - 2 - 3!”

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. We love putting yarns together, but it’s a great stash busting project, too.


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!

YARN
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).
See ’Knitter’s Notes’ for what we used for our photos.

NEEDLES
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.


We’ve put together some of our favorite combinations of yarn for the wrap and scarf and made them available on our website: wrap kits and scarf kits.