Novelty Hand Spun Yarn Scarf
I love novelty yarn, no question, no doubt… I adore hand spun novelty yarn. Check out my latest scarf that has Recycled Prison Uniforms mixed in! I have been sitting on this yarn for almost a year waiting for the right project to make.
Novelty yarn is usually one-of-a-kind yarn. It’s hand spun where the artist who makes the yarn is spinning the yarn with her foot pedal rotating the wheel. The yarn is thick, thin and inconsistent. It has playful approaches and adds into the yarn that can sometimes make absolutely no sense.
Novelty yarn isn’t for everyone. It is for the person who loves to make a splash with shocking fashion statements. It is not for people who love consistency in yarn. It is for the fun spirited person. I know some of you will absolutely think my scarf looks like a dog’s breakfast. For me, I love this form of art expression. Life is too short to play it safe all the time.
I usually pick up yarn like this at specialty yarn based shows. You can also find people online who make this sort of yarn. The cost of my yarn ball was $45 CDN which is about $35 USD. This sort of scarf if you were to buy it from an artist could be between $75 – $200 finished. Depends on the maker and their reputation. This is a very niche product and requires a very niche person to buy this type of product.
This particular yarn is Super Bulky and in some areas, that is putting in mildly. The below pic is a sister of the yarn I used to make my scarf. It had 79 yards of yarn goodness. It had a mix of different fibers and even silk worm cocoons that have been dyed.
Guess What Was in the Yarn?
The yarn was made of several materials and recycled materials.
- Recycled Cotton Prison Uniforms
- Romney (felting types of fibers)
- Montadale (wool)
Though I have had this for nearly a year, I had no idea it has recycled cotton prison uniforms as the base material. The Romney is the chunks of fibers and felting properties. There is also Montadale which is type of wool. This particular hand maker of yarn raises her own sheep to gather the wool.
The Novelty Spun Yarn Scarf
The scarf is 90″ long. It is using a combination of chains and double crochet. This type of yarn is better if you don’t stitch everything and just let it stay in it’s natural state. However, you have to keep it under somewhat control.
This scarf took me about 1 hour to make from scratch. It uses only a portion of the Chain Reaction Scarf by Yarnspirations. I have modified the pattern slightly with a different hook size and chain counts as there is usually not a lot of yardage on novelty yarn like this.
My scarf is really long so I can drape it and wrap it around the neck a few times to bunch it up.
- 8 mm or Size L Crochet Hook.
- 1 Skein of Novelty Super Bulky Yarn, about 80 Yards
- 1st row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each of next 19 ch. Ch 2 (does not count as st). *1 dc in each of next 4 ch. Ch 16. Skip next 16 ch. Rep from * to last 4 ch. 1 dc in each of last 4 ch. Ch 21. Turn.
- 2nd row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each of next 19 ch. Ch 2 (does not count as st). *1 dc in each of next 4 dc. Ch 16. Skip next 16-ch sp. Rep from * to last 4 dc. 1 dc in each of last 4 dc. Ch 21. Turn.
- Rep last row 2 more times. Final row, finish at last dc. Fasten off and weave in ends.
The scarf will have the appearance of 4 chains linking between each group of double crochet.
I used the same stitch work and chain counts. There is only 4 rows in total to make my version. The scarf took me about 1 hour to make.