A nurse who knits…

January 28, 2007

FO alert: The $2 scarf

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 10:22 pm

So I was walking the aisles in Michael’s the other day looking for stitch markers and spotted this bargin.Incredible for $2 a ball. I quickly snapped up 3 balls to make a dropped stitch scarf for my mom. The result is this.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Yarn: Lion Brand Incredible in Autumn Leaves
Needles: Denise Interchangables in Size 15
Pattern: Dropped Stitch Scarf from Stitch and Bitch Nation
My take on the project: The scarf took me about 6 hours to finish. The gauge is super chunky so I cast on 12 stitches instead of the specified 17. Still worked out well. Now I miscalculated the amount of yarn I would need. I only knit 1 ball of yarn and it yielded a 5 foot scarf. Now what to do with 2 balls of ribbon that I normally would never knit with??? Come on guys, give me some ideas! This is a yarn that I would on an ordinary day never buy but it was such a deal. My mom has been asking for a fancy scarf and I think this will satisfy her insatiable need for hand knit fancy scarves.The light isn’t so good so the colors aren’t as bright. It’s a cloudy day in San Diego today.

In honor of my sick but recovering puppy, here are some pictures of him and Matt.

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“Look mom, I’m typing”

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 Men and dogs… just gotta love them.



  1. Very pretty scarf. $2 a ball, you say? Hmmmm….

    Comment by msqknits — January 30, 2007 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

  2. Your little Waldo is so cute! I hope he gets better soon. Even though dogs and cats are just pets they become easily win our hearts to become “family” members!

    Comment by Cole — February 1, 2007 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Gail–

    This may be coming a bit late, but here are my suggestions for your $2-a-ball yarn (I have some of it myself!). If you have the “Little Box of Scarves” pattern set volume 1, there’s a pattern for a triangular scarf with a dropped-stitch looped edging that’s quite easy to knit up. The pattern calls for alternating between two yarns, but I’ve always knit it up in just one and it looks fine.

    Or you can try this dropped-stitch variation for a rectangular scarf:

    Cast on the desired number of stitches, plus 8. As you work the scarf, always begin and end every row with K4. On every row, just inside the K4 of each edge, you’ll want a K2tog, YO, which essentially creates a sort of a knot that will keep the piece stable once you finish it. In whatever center stitches you have left, you can do anything you please. When the scarf is as long as you want, bind off as follows using your preferred method:

    Drop the first 4 stitches
    Bind off across until 4 stitches remain
    Drop these 4 stitches

    Then, gently unravel the dropped stitches on each edge to form fringe.

    This pattern works very well with ribbon yarns, but DO NOT TRY IT with mohair or anything clingy. The unraveling will be a misery.




    Comment by sarah-hope — February 21, 2007 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

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