One of my favorite things to do is to think about leftovers and what to do with them. It is wonderful what you can do with all those little bits and pieces left in the kitchen, and I love the surprises coming out of the oven sometimes.
But also as a crafter; I have lots of boxes filled with scraps of fabric, but also with tiny little balls of yarn. Especially after knitting something with lots of different colours leaves you with lots of bits and scraps. Sometimes just a few meters, sometimes almost a whole skein.
This is what was left after knitting a Kaffe Fassett cardigan (the short version). They have been waiting in a box for a long time, because the cardigan nowadays is something I only wear at home; it has so many holes in it, it is a miracle it still keeps me warm.
So, these balls of yarn; what to do with them?
First I arranged them into groups per colour. Then I started knitting with 4 strands of yarn of 1 group (sort of).
Keep on knitting, until the first strand ends. Join the next:
This way you keep on knitting and joining new colours. I kept choosing shades from one colour until they ran out, and then started to use the next colours.
This way the colours change very gradually.
When the smallest ball left, has just enough for one more round, it is time to finish and bind off.
A very simple, nice cowl which didn’t cost anything except some time (not even that much since it is knitted on large needles!)
Round 1: *k1, p1*, repeat until end, end with k1
Round 2: *p1, k1*, repeat until end, end with p1
Repeat round 1 and 2.
Cowl is knitted in the round with 199 stitches, needle 8.00 mm (US 11).
Gauge: 11 st = 10 cm (4 Inch)
Final size: appr. 180 x 18 cm (72 x 7 inch)