Troika Scarf, a stash-busting odd ball scarf
Check your yarn stash or shop odd-ball sales
A super easy scarf that is knit sideways along the length in garter stitch. This scarf design features look-alike cast-on and bound-off edges.
The scarf is named “troika” for the method of using three different yarns in alternating sequence. It’s great for odd balls or using small amounts of high-end yarns together with some more economical yarns, or even stash yarns you already have on hand.
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For a scarf sized approximately 12” wide by 40” long plus fringe, allow 1 skein each of 3 different yarns in sport weight to chunky, approximately 100 to 120 yards each.
This pattern adapts easily to longer and wider versions just by starting with more stitches and knitting more rows. Allow additional yarn if you are making a larger scarf or stole.
A mixture of weights is fine. For lots of color and textural interaction, choose your yarns in a harmonious color scheme, each in a different texture. For example nubby or glitzy (textured loop), shiny and smooth (ribbon, viscose, or chenille), and fuzzy (mohair or fake fur). Check your yarn stash or shop odd-ball sales. Remember that finer yarns can be held together and used as one.
Size 10½ to 11 US (7.00 to 8.00 mm) needles
Size J or K crochet hook
Gauge: about 2½ sts per inch over garter stitch
Note: Gauge and needle size are not terribly important -- these are guidelines only, so use whatever you have that is close and just have fun.