Knitted Yarn Throw in Winter Whites
The Garter stitch is great for beginners since the same stitch is repeated in every row. This easy hand knitted throw could be altered to any size you wish and makes a lovely shawl as well.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may have figured out that I have trouble throwing things away that could be recycled into something else or used for future projects. I think a lot of creative people find themselves in the same predicament so I’ve been coming up with ways to use up scraps of fabric, upcycle clothing, or in the case of this throw, use up left over yarn. Some of this yarn was left over from skeins at the end of another project and some I just purchased because I loved it and was going to use it in a project—one day!
This throw could be altered to any size you wish and makes a lovely shawl as well. The trickiest part of the knitting is adjusting your tension as you knit or purl the rows since your yarns may be of different thicknesses and textures. Adding the tassels at the end of the rows really gives this throw a finished look.
As in many of my projects, I’m leaving the creativity up to you. Don’t hesitate to experiment—that’s what creativity is all about! You can take a look at my Scrap Yarn Stash Buster Knitted throw to see how I used different and bolder jewel-toned colors like these….
Note: My throw/shawl is 39” x 44” without fringe. You can easily make yours bigger or smaller by increasing cast on stitches, using looser or tighter tension, or varying the number of rows.
MATERIALS FOR SCRAP YARN STASH BUSTER KNITTED THROW PATTERN:
Various yarns in colors of your choice
Size 10 (6mm) straight knitting needles
Crochet hook (for weaving in ends of yarn)
INSTRUCTIONS TO KNIT THROW OR SHAWL:
KNITTING THE THROW:
1. Cast on 80 stitches using yarn of your choice.
2. Begin by Knitting OR Purling every row. This is called a Garter stitch and is created by either Knitting or Purling on every row and is the easiest and most common stitch pattern in knitted fabrics. The Garter stitch is great for beginners since the same stitch is repeated in every row.
3. When you have a few rows done and are ready to change yarn, do not tie knots. Always start a new yarn at the beginning of a row, leaving ends long enough to weave in later. Good finishing techniques make a big difference!
4. Repeat Knitting or Purling each row till you reach desired size. For my project I stitched 88 rows and used pretty loose stitches.
5. When you have finished knitting the piece you will still have a row of loops on your needle. You’ll need to bind off (fasten down) these loops or your work will unravel.
Binding off stitches: Knit the first two stitches of the row. Using the point of the left needle, lift the first stitch up and over the second stitch and off the end of the right needle. Now one stitch has been bound off and one stitch is remaining on your right needle. Work the next stitch in the row. You will now have two stitches on your right needle. Lift the first stitch over the second and off the needle. Continue this way across the row. It’s very important to work your bind-off row loosely. It needs to be elastic, just like your knitting.
6. Weave in ends of yarn on the sides to prevent raveling or holes in your work. A crochet hook is useful to do this.
MAKING YARN TASSEL FRINGE:
1. Decide how long you’d like your fringe to be. You’ll be cutting your yarn strands twice this length. An easy way to cut lots of yarn strands at once is to find a hardback book in the correct width. You’ll wrap your yarn around this book as many times as you’d like and then slide your scissors in the indention of the book pages and snip strands.
2. Now you’ll have your lengths of yarn and you can decide how many strands you’d like for each tassel. I used two or three at a time. Fold the yarn strands in half and make a loop.
3. Holding looped yarn in your hand, find an opening from your stitching and slide the looped yarn through this hole. Sometimes it’s helpful to use a crochet hook to do this but my stitches were loose enough that I just used my fingers.
4. Pull yarn ends through the loop and tighten. Add as many tassels as you’d like, alternating yarns or using the same yarn for your fringed tassels!
As you can see, anything goes with this throw. It’s a fun and easy project which can easily be altered to your taste, color palette or size. Do you have any fun ideas for using yarn scraps? Please comment below or send me a picture!