Scarf question

For the 1st time in my knitting history, the BF found a yarn colour he likes, yeah! So, I'll reward him with making a scarf with it... Problem is: it's a variegated yarn (Claudia's Hand Painted fingering) and I don't want to end up with colours blocks in the scarf because of the small width of the thing. I've been thinking to cast on vertically (cast on 300 zillion stitches and knit a 10 inch height or so) instead of the classic horizontal way. Or I could make an Orno Abaci from MagKnits (

Do you guys have any other thoughts/ideas/suggestions to make?


ManMadeKnits's picture

Destroy your boyfriend for having such difficult taste in yarn.

"The only sin is mediocrity." --Martha Graham

albert's picture

C'mon, now- it's a guy thing.

TomH's picture

Having difficult taste in yarn?

purlyman's picture

You could try the "My So Called Scarf" pattern. See Darrel's post at the top of the MWK homepage.


QueerJoe's picture

I've designed a few scarves using variegated, fingering weight yarn, and the best bet for avoiding pooling and blocks of color is to knit in a pattern stitch that either slips stitches, picks stitches up from the prior row, or has decreases and increases that cause differing numbers of stitches in a row (such as the feather and fan stitch).

Most of these will end up looking too lacy (perhaps) for a man or might only look good on the public side of the fabric, but there are some that would look great (such as the aforementioned "My So-Called Scarf").

albert's picture

Even comprehending the word "yarn". Of course I am speaking of a particular species of male.

Bill's picture

use a different strand for each row....two balls of yarn, or a strand from outside and inside...alternating between the two.....

stef's picture

I like the idea of working two rows from the outside of the yarn, then working two rows from the inside of the yarn ball. This works really well with a 1x1 rib and shows gradual color changes throughout the work. If you slip the first stitch of every row it covers the yarn being carried up the side of the work