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Hi! I'm Sarah Wilson, also known as the Sexy Knitter. I started crafting at a very young age and have tried a little bit of almost everything - sewing, quilting, cross-stitch, needlepoint, ...

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Surplus Stripes

from Designs by The Sexy Knitter
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Surplus Stripes
Surplus Stripes
Surplus Stripes
Surplus Stripes
Surplus Stripes
Surplus Stripes

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on
  • knit
  • purl
  • work in the round
  • slip a stitch

Pattern Description:

Three patterns in one! This PDF donwload includes patterns for the fingerless mitts, the mittens, and the cowl. This pattern is ideal for using up leftover scraps of worsted weight yarn, and has been shown in an array of mismatched yarns to demonstrate the appeal of this technique. In total, 1 ball of each of the yarns called for were used to make the fingerless mitts, mittens, and cowl, and there was a bit of everything left over except the HiKoo. If you plan to make just the fingerless mitts, you will need about 120 yards total. For the mittens, you will need about 140 yards, and for the cowl, just 250 yards. Because you'll use at least two colors for each of these projects, you really can get away with using 50-60 yard scraps! The cowl is especially great for using up scraps because you can change up the colors for each and every stripe if you like (and the PDF tells you exactly how to do it); each one will use about 30 yards of yarn.


19 sts/24 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Mitten/Mitt Circumference: 5 inches around cuff, unstretched; 8 inches around hand
  • Fingerless mitt length: 8 inches
  • Mitten length: 11 inches, customizable based on hand
  • Cowl circumference: 24 inches
  • Cowl height: 8 inches


  • For the fingerless mitts: 120 yards worsted weight yarn
  • For the mittens: 140 yards worsted weight yarn
  • For the cowl: 250 yards worsted weight yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • US 6/4 mm circular needles OR double pointed needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Stitch holder or waste yarn
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle

Suggested yarn:

250 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

HiKoo Simpliworsted