Swatch Scarf

The Swatch Scarf is a great way to use up the swatches (including lace) you made in testing stitch patterns throughout the book! For simple assembly, just seam the swatches together end to end. But what if your swatches are all different sizes? Use the log cabin technique from the pot holder in the preceding section to add length or width to the sides of each swatch until they're all the same size. Then seam them together!

The Swatch Scarf looks especially pretty if all the swatches are a plain color, such as white, and the log cabin edges are done in multiple coordinating colors.

Materials i Yarn: 1 skein (or multiple leftover balls) of yarn for edges i Needles: One pair of size US 8 (5 mm) or US 10 (6 mm) needles; yarn needle for seaming i Other materials: Knitted swatches in the same size or various sizes


To create this scarf, your swatches need to be the same size. Measure the size of your largest swatch, and then follow these steps to increase the size of the remaining swatches as necessary:

  1. Place your LH needle through the first stitch on the first swatch.
  2. Insert your RH needle and knit this stitch.
  3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until you have picked up all the stitches on that first edge.
  4. Knit until the size of the piece matches your largest swatch, and bind off.
  5. Turn swatch on its side and repeat Steps 1 through 4 on the second edge.
  6. Repeat Step 5 on the third and fourth edges.
  7. Repeat this process until all your swatches are the same size.
  8. Seam the swatches, right sides together, into the desired scarf width and length. (Use one of the finishing techniques in Chapter 16.)
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