Stashbusting Knitting Project: Snippet Scarf

Until I find a knitting pattern that specifically calls for a bunch of those 30-percents-of-a-skein of Malabrigo or Madelinetosh that are always leftover from knitting hats, this free scarf pattern will remain my go-to pattern for trying to keep a lid on my ever-expanding giant bag of leftover yarn. The Snippet Scarf by Becky Herrick is not only available for free, it’s also a pretty much fool-proof way of combining all the varied weights and colours of your leftover yarn. And you only need about 6 yards for each row, so you can use up even the tiniest bits of leftovers.

Snippet Scarf

An example of how you just can’t go wrong mixing in whatever colours you’ve got on hand.

For all these versions, I used 6mm/US size 10 needles. Gauge isn’t really an issue. I REPEAT: GAUGE ISN’T AN ISSUE. Knitter peeps who hate gauge swatching know what I’m talkin’bout.

Snippet scarf in greens & blues

Snippet Scarf in shades of greens & blues. I cast on 175 stitches for this one.

The scarf is worked sideways, knitting each row…each of your bits of leftover yarn create a horizontal stripe. Instead of turning around and going back with the same piece of yarn for the next row, you cut the yarn off at the end, leaving enough dangling for the fringe, and start the next row with another piece of yarn. Piece. O’. Cake. You just have to make sure you have needles long enough to hold all the stitches…a long circular needle is best.

Snippet Scarf in browns & yellows

My pal Christian looking rather Northern Hipster in his chunky sweater and snippet scarf in browns & yellows. I cast on 170 stitches for this one, but probably should’ve done more since Christian’s quite a tall guy.

Snippet Scarf in shades of pink. I made this one a little shorter than usual: 165 stitches cast on.

Snippet Scarf in shades of pink. I made this one a little shorter than usual (165 stitches cast on). I also booked myself a friggin’ haircut as soon as I saw this picture. Sheesh.

For the version below, I used some single skeins of yarn my parents-in-law had given me for my birthday a few years ago. They bought the yarn, made by Dyeguy, from an amazing little yarn shop called The Fibre Garden in the village of Jordan, Ontario, right in the middle of Niagara wine country.

Snippet scarf in yellow-multi

For my Father in Law, made with skeins of yarn he & my MIL gave me for my birthday.

The Dyeguy yarn is coloured with natural dyes. The skeins my parents-in-law gave me are dyed with black walnut and osage orange wood.

Dyeguy yarn from the Fibre Garden

Dyeguy yarn from the Fibre Garden

A visit to the Fibre Garden shop is not to be missed if you’re anywhere in the Niagara region. Best part: right across the street is another great yarn and quilting shop called Stitch. I couldn’t find out the official population count of Jordan village, but I’m pretty sure that makes about one yarn store for every 72.5 people there. đŸ˜‰

Noro Magazine Spring/Summer 2013

After checking out the rather uneventful anti-Rob Ford protest at Toronto City Hall this morning, Dave and I scooted over to the Chapters bookstore at Richmond and John Streets for a little browsing. And when I say scooted, I mean we went on our groovy purple electric scooter! Dave bought a Sound on Sound magazine, and I grabbed a Noro Knitting Magazine. (Later we would be perusing our respective magazines, and agreeing that we were both nerds. The only difference is that I’m very likely to read his Sound on Sound magazine as well, whereas he definitely won’t be reading my knitting mag.)

I have a love-hate relationship with Noro Yarn. When I first started knitting, I found it absolutely irresistible! I mean, how could anyone not love a self-striping yarn? Until you realize that maybe stripes aren’t always a good thing. And maybe you don’t like picking twigs out of your yarn every 10 yards or so. I do love Noro’s colourways, though. They always throw in an electric green or something that I think most people would think was out of place…and that’s usually the reason I love it. Anyway, normally I wouldn’t buy a whole magazine dedicated to nothing but self-striping wool, but one look at some of the patterns in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue and I had to have it.

Here are the drool-worthy designs I’ve added to my queue on Ravelry:

Sheer Panel Shift dress by Lori Steinberg in Noro Ayatori and Debbie Bliss Angel

I love the pastel tones in this dress (whaaat?–I’m not usually a pastel kinda girl) and the sheer panels at the waist and above the bust. Not really digging the sheer panels at the sides of the skirt–am I supposed to go commando when wearing this? I’ll just do the skirt without the sheer sides and keep my gitch on.  Or maybe I’ll never get around to doing this dress since I have so damn many patterns in my queue!


Lace Maxi Dress by Galina Carroll

Love the colours and the shape of this one! If someone knit this for me, I would most certainly wear it proudly. But knit all that fabric in lace? Someone please hand me a sharp knitting needle so I can preemptively poke my own eyes out. Not in a million years. (Maybe I could do it in a million-and-one years, maybe.)

Short Row ColourBlock Top by Wilma Peers

Short Row ColourBlock Top by Wilma Peers

I love the wedge shaped stripes and neck, the high neckline, and the streamlined look. (I don’t know about that skirt, though–even I, who wears colours and patterns together that my more conservative sister insists don’t go together, would not wear that skirt with that top.) Onto the Ravelry queue it goes….just as soon as I or someone gets this pattern into the Ravelry database.

ON THE OTHER HAND, there are a few doozies of the WTF kind in this issue:

Crochet granny squares are never cool.

Crochet granny squares are never cool.

Crochet granny squares are never cool. Even if you’ve styled them with awesome leggings and shoes. But I feel sorry for crochet, and for grannies, and because I’m a fan of most things homemade, I kinda want to root for the underdog granny square. So if you know of any instances where granny squares have been used and the result has been anything but awful, please bring them to my attention!

Everything is wrong with this.

Everything is wrong with this.

Everything is wrong with this, starting with the fact that it’s a vest. It’s not 1979. The colours, the hood…and did I mention it’s a vest?

Speaking of vests, and knitting late 70s/early 80s fashion, you might want to check out these delightful vest patterns I found in a vintage magazine. (post coming soon)

Actually, now that I look a little more closely at the magazine, there are more WTFs in it than drool-worthy designs. But worth the purchase price for me in the end.