Yarn Chicken

Yarn chicken is a game we knitters play, either on purpose or accidentally, whenever we’re almost out of yarn but there is more to be knit. Will we make it to the end before running out of yarn? That’s the sixty-four dollar question. I played three games of yarn chicken (two of which I totally won) while working on this scarf. All yarn hanks are not created equal, regardless of how hard the yarn company tries, and all knitters’ tension is a little different, even when we all remember to do our gauge swatches. With all that in mind, I included options and notes with this design so that you can maximize the yarn you have, and win your own games of yarn chicken.

Yarn Chicken is knit from one end straight through to the other, pausing only to change colors along the way.

P.S. See that little bit of purple yarn in the last photo? That is all that’s left of the three hanks of yarn that went into making this scarf.


Yarn: bulky weight; 100 yards each of 3 colors (C1, C2, and C3) or a total of 300 yards.
Model: Anzula Burly; color 1: Aqua; color 2: Irene; color 3: Violet; 100 yards in 4 ounces; 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon.
Gauge: 9.25 sts and 12.75 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stitch pattern
Needles: US 13 (9 mm) needles
Finished size: 12.5 x 75 inches (32 x 190.5 cm)
Notions: stitch markers are optional, yarn needle
Difficulty:
Easy-Intermediate

Skills: k2tog, ssk, s1-k2tog-psso, YO, garter stitch
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.