Horizontal scrap scarf on circular needles or TNNA Scarf

Clean out your stash.  All you need to knit this easy scarf is one 23-yard ball of yarn (for cast on and cast off) and 17 7-yard balls of yarn in colors and textures that coordinate with each other.  I use the same yarn for cast off and cast on because it frames the rest of the scarf.  Of course, you could use 2 different yarns if you prefer.

To start, cable cast on 150 stitches using  24-inch size 13 circular needles (in your left hand) and a size 15 needle in your right.   Leave enough extra yarn at both ends of the cast on for 6-inch fringe.  When you finish the cast on, tie on one of the 7-yard balls of yarn.  Using only the size 13 needles, knit across.  Again, leave enough yarn at both ends for 6-inch fringe.  Continue in this manner until you use all 17 balls of yarn.  Finish by tying on the rest of the 23-yard ball of yarn.  Cast off with the size 13 needle in your left hand and size 15 in your right.  Using a larger needle for cast on and cast off prevents your scarf from arcing.

I call this scarf the TNNA scarf because many exhibitors at TNNA donate their yarn to Handmade Especially for You, the non-profit organization I founded at the end of 2008.  Handmade knits/crochets comfort scarves for abused women.  We wind the donated yarn into "magic balls" which we give to volunteers who want to make comfort scarves but cannot provide their own yarn.  In many case, the skeins of donated yarn are longer than the amount of yarn I need to make the magic balls.  With the extra yarn, I make other kits.  The biggest pieces go to 2-row kits, the shorter ones go to 3-row kits.  What remains after these two choices are the 7-yard balls I use for scrap scarves.  Many yarn companies contribute to each scrap scarf, so I also call them TNNA scarves.

This scarf is easy, easy to make.  The only trick you need to know is never to put down your work at the end of a row without tying on the next piece of yarn.  Our volunteers love making the scrap scarf because they can arrange the 17 different balls in any order they want.  Some use egg cartons to arrange the yarn.  You will love it too, especially because it puts your stash to good use.

Since its inception, Handmade Especially for You has distributed 57,000 comfort scarves to 60 shelters for abused women in Southern CA.  For more information look at our website:  www.handmadeespecially.org

Here's the actual pattern:

Horizontal Scrap Scarf on Circular Needles

(4 ½ inches wide and about 60 inches long)

This pattern uses many pieces of yarn too short to make into one scarf, but when combined with other pieces, makes a very beautiful "scrap scarf."  Use your creativity to design your scarf. 


Size 13 circular needles (at least 24 in)

Size 15 or 17 needle for Cast On and Cast Off

Row 1 (Cast On) and Row 19 (Cast Off):  One, 23-yard ball of heavier weight yarn or two, 11+ yard balls of two different heavier weight yarns

Rows 2-18:  ~7 ½ -yard pieces of scrap yarn (a mix of colors and textures that look well together)


Arrange pieces of yarn on a table in front of you.  You can put them in some order (mix light and dark yarns, alternate textures, etc.) or use them all randomly.

Using the cable-cast-on method, cast-on 150 stitches using the heavier weight yarn and the Size 15 or 17 needles to keep the edge stitches loose.   Leave a 7-8 inch tail on both ends to use as fringe. 

Tie on next yarn to the cast on yarn, leaving a 7-8 inch tail at the beginning.  Knit one row and tie this yarn to previous row leaving a 7-8 inch tail at the end.  Tie on next yarn to the row just knitted, leaving a 7-8 inch tail.  Knit one row and tie this yarn to previous row leaving a 7-8 inch tail at the end.  Continue in this manner until you have used all 17 pieces of yarn.

HELPFUL HINT: to avoid confusion never put your knitting down at the end of a row.  Always knit a few stitches on the next row before taking a knitting break.

Cast off using the heavier weight Yarn and the Size 15 or 17 needles to keep the edge stitches loose. 

Trim fringe to ~ 6 inches.



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