My Swappy, Scrappy, Oversized Scarf

So once upon a time I saw this fantabulous scarf that a friend had knit in the linen stitch pattern. It was thin and long and highly variegated and looked like it had been woven and she had knit it out of a ton of fingering weight scraps. I was enchanted. So enthralled, in fact, that when she offered the scarf up in a swap I claimed it in a snap. But though I loved it, I wanted more. The thin scarf wasn’t enough to whet my appetite, and as winter approached, I decided I needed to make one of my own.

So come January, after a few weeks of collecting yarn scraps, I started knitting my shawlscarf. Linen stitch and knitting lengthwise was a completely new territory for me, and I vastly underrated (or overrated, depending how you look at it) how much yarn and stitches I would need to complete this scarf. So in my enthusiasm, I cast on 600 stitches. I know. I am insane.

There was a definite learning curve, and I certainly had to frog early on, but I kept plugging away. Part of the reason this scarf just never stopped is because I am meticulous, and wanted my colors to blend properly. And so I found myself with A LOT of yarn. I worked off and on for 12 months to make this scarf. There reached a point where I knew I should stop but I wanted to fit in all of the awesome yarns I had accumulated, so I didn’t stop!

But finally, after almost a year, I came down to the end. I cut myself off, I chose an end yarn, and I finished it. It. Is. Finished. Stick a fork in it. My Swappy, Scrappy Oversized Scarf used over 2,000 yards of fingering weight yarns (not all are listed, as some were unknown) and is absolutely perfect. Wide enough to cover my ears, nose and throat but with a thin enough fabric to scrunch when I need it to. As I was knitting it, I wasn’t sure if I was crazy or inspired, so to have the finished product be exactly what I wanted makes me inordinately pleased. I started this Jan. 29, 2010 and my goal was to finish it up before it’s one year anniversary. I did it, finishing while visiting a friend on Jan. 15, 2011. Yey!

I must say that this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever knit. I’m not one for wildly variegated colors and crazy, off-the-wall fabrics, or anything like that. But I just couldn’t stop knitting this. I love it. 🙂 Oh! The crazy teacup pin was a Christmas gift and comes from this off-the-wall Etsy shop called TillyBloom.


12 thoughts on “My Swappy, Scrappy, Oversized Scarf

  1. bigmonkeypie

    Wow. Gorgeous! I keep wanting to make one of these lengthwise linen stitch deals. These pictures aren’t squashing that urge at all.

  2. Toni

    Amazing!! I have a thin version as well, and was also contemplating making a jumbo-version of it. Now, I know I HAVE to do it!!!

  3. claudine 81

    Hello !I love your linen stitch and I hope really you could me explain this point very fun, in french if possible If not in french, I translate it

    Many thanks

    1. LadyDanio Post author

      Hi Claudine! I’d love to help you, but the translation didn’t work. Try asking your question again and we’ll see if it translates better. Maybe you should write the question in both francais and anglias and I’ll see if I can figure out what you are asking.

  4. claudine 81

    I like really this scarf and i like find the point but i don’t see nevewhere . Could you send me the explications ?Many thanks Claudine

  5. claudine 81

    J’essaie d’écrire en anglais mais …
    J’aimerai avoir les explications du point que vous avez utilisé pour faire cette écharpe car il me plait beaucoup et il est original .
    Merci pour votre réponse Claudine

    1. LadyDanio Post author

      Hi Claudine! Thank you for replying in both French and English – that helped me a lot. I think you are asking me for the pattern (tricoter tendance) for this scarf. The linen stitch is very easy and very popular. Many designers have written identical patterns. I did a search for you, and an easy-to-access free version of this linen stitch pattern is on the blog Olives and Mermaids by Christina Consiglio. Here is the link.

      Good luck! I hope you are able to make one yourself.

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