Surplus Stripes by Sarah Wilson

Surplus Stripes

by Sarah Wilson
September 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
120 - 250 yards (110 - 229 m)
Adult; one size fits most
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Three patterns in one! This PDF donwload includes patterns for the fingerless mitts, the mittens, and the cowl. This pattern is ideal for using up leftover scraps of worsted weight yarn, and has been shown in an array of mismatched yarns to demonstrate the appeal of this technique. In total, 1 ball of each of the yarns called for were used to make the fingerless mitts, mittens, and cowl, and there was a bit of everything left over except the HiKoo. If you plan to make just the fingerless mitts, you will need about 120 yards total. For the mittens, you will need about 140 yards, and for the cowl, just 250 yards. Because you’ll use at least two colors for each of these projects, you really can get away with using 50-60 yard scraps! The cowl is especially great for using up scraps because you can change up the colors for each and every stripe if you like (and the PDF tells you exactly how to do it); each one will use about 30 yards of yarn.

Finished Measurements
Mittens/Mitt Circumference: 5 inches around cuff, unstretched; 8 inches around hand
Fingerless Mitt Length: 8.5 inches
Mitten Length: 11 inches, variable based on hand size
Cowl Circumference: 24 inches
Cowl height: 8 inches


  • Quince & Co. Lark (100% American Wool; 134 yards per 50 gram skein); 1 skein each 104 Storm (A) and 136 Nasturtium (B)
  • Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Collection Rosebud (100% Superwash Extra Fine Merino; 137 yards per 50 gram ball); 1 ball 505 Lupine (C)
  • HiKoo Simpliworsted (55% Merino Superwash, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon; 140 yards per 100 gram skein); 1 skein 004 Goldfish (D)
  • US 6/4 mm 24-inch circular needle (cowl)
  • US 6/4 mm set of 5 double pointed needles OR 32-inch circular needle (mittens and mitts)
  • Stitch marker
  • Stitch holder or scrap yarn
  • Blunt needle
  • Scissors

19 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch