What I needed was a scarf to keep me warm. Something simple that would use what I had on-hand, that I could whip up in a day or two at most. Otherwise I'd stall out, and would end up buying something from Target. Which defeats at least 75% of the purpose of being a knitter, doesn't it?!
To make this scarf, I grabbed several balls of leftover yarns - all of it ended up being Lion Brand Heartland yarn, which I absolutely love, although I didn't plan the scarf that way. I held a strand of dark grey heather throughout, and then alternated the colorful yarns one skein after another. When a ball of yarn ran out I simply tied on another one using the fisherman's knot technique.
I love this knot with a passion that's pretty unhealthy, but I swear to you it's totally changed my knitting game. I use it on wool and on acrylic (as I have in this scarf) and I have yet to see one of these knots come undone. IT'S GENIUS.
I used two strands of worsted weight yarn held double, size 17 needles, and worked a 1x1 ribbing over 21 stitches. I worked the scarf until I could wrap it twice around my neck with plenty of leftovers (as you can see in the poorly taken photo above), but I will most often wear it wrapped just once around my neck. And I may decide to add fringe, because I love me some fringe.
The coloring goes from a cranberryish color, to a turquoise, to a pale yellow, and finishes with a bright purple. The grey totally ties it all together, and I love how much I love it, considering just how adverse I usually am to cobbled together things like this. Maybe as I reach middle age I'm embracing my inner Molly Weasley a bit more? Hmmm .....
At any rate, I cast on for this scarf on Tuesday when we got home from our standing trivia friend outing, and by this morning I was binding off. I knit on it only a tiny bit while the kids were awake, getting the bulk of it done in just 90 or so minutes last night after everyone else went to bed early and I had a date with our DVR.
Now I want to make like 50 more of these, using up all my scraps, and donating them to various charities. It's addictive, this scarf. I don't apologize if you cast one on and find you can't stop making them. It's that good.