Fuzzy, fluffy yarn begs to be made into something warm and stylish! For cold weather, a scarf can not only be a beautiful fashion accent, it can be a very practical addition to your winter wardrobe. A scarf is easy to make even if you're a novice knitter, but fuzzy yarn takes a little patience to work with.
Here are some tips before you start:
- Keep a count on your stitches to catch any dropped ones right away. A dropped stitch will be difficult to find and restore.
- Use wood or bamboo needles to keep the yarn from being too slippery.
- Use a larger needle than you normally would for the size of yarn.
- Consider using a smooth yarn along with it to make the stitches easier to see.
- Use a bright light when knitting with fuzzy yarn.
- If it's possible, try out the yarn you want to use before committing to a scarf.
Before you settle down to knitting a fuzzy scarf, take time to look through the varieties of yarn available. There are many, many types of fuzzy yarn, from fine mohair to bulky acrylic. Natural fibers will outlast acrylics as a general rule, and they age more gracefully. Acrylics tend to mat and shed sooner and more than natural fibers.
Eyelash or fringed yarn is different from the more randomly fuzzy yarn, which is made with a core with loose wisps along its length. Fibers along the core of a fringed yarn are heavier and more defined.
Once you've decided on the yarn you want, make a swatch in a plain knit stitch to get your gauge. Whether you make a narrow or wide scarf is up to you, but decide before you start rather than just letting it happen. Use a needle a size bigger than the suggested needle size which you should find on the yarn label.
Multiply the width in inches by the number of stitches in one inch of your swatch. For example, if you want a ten inch wide scarf and your gauge is five stitches to the inch, start with fifty stitches.
With fuzzy yarn, any stitch that creates texture will be lost in the fuzziness as well as be difficult to work. You can't see a pattern with a fuzzy texture the way you can with a smooth one. A plain knit stitch works best and you don't even need a pattern for it if you do it this way.
Cast on fifty (or the number of stitches you need for the scarf you're making), and simply knit across each row until the scarf is as long as you like, then bind off.
And that's it. You will have a fuzzy scarf that's simple, fun, practical and stylish.