I wrote about the Knitting in the Waiting Room project recently, and one of its main features is that it’s knitting from stash. I wasn’t telling my sample knitters which yarn to use, we went the other way round.
They browsed their stash and told me what they found. My only rule was that the yarn had a length of more than 400 yards (440m).
I started designing from there.
You can do the very same, starting with browsing your stash, and then looking what to make with the yarn chosen.
Knitting from stash means limited availability of both yardage and fiber contents. When we’re talking about shawl knitting – as I usually do – we need a certain yardage to start with, say 400 yards as stated above. From there, the possibilities are endless.
If you are working with limited yarn supply your best choice is to choose an adjustable (or modular) shawl.
I wrote a whole book about adjustable shawls (you can find it here), so let’s just stick to the basics for now.
Knitting From Stash: The Basic Rules
1. Choose an adjustable shawl shape.
Triangles worked sideways, half kites, vortex shawls and triangles worked from bottom up are the best shawl shapes for knititng from stash. The shapes listed can be knitted as you go and bound off anytime without looking weird.
2. Use your kitchen scale
As outlined in this post, your kitchen scale is your best friend when it comes to working with limited yarn supply. Use it!
3. Don’t be scared
I ran out of yarn more than once in my life, no matter how much I know about shawl design (and even with extensive kitchen scale usage). Once I ran out of yarn in the middle of my bind off row. So what? I used a similar yarn (in yardage and color) to bind off the rest, and nobody else except me ever noticed it. Be bold!