Scrappy V: My New Summer Design

Isn’t Alli’s rainbow Scrappy V just amazing?!

My favorite and most used yarn weight is, without a doubt, sock yarn. After wrapping up a shawl, sweater, pair of socks or some other fingering weight project, I am known to place my leftover balls of yarn on a shelf. Each day I walk by said shelf and nostalgically eye those gorgeous leftovers, making yet another mental note that I really need to get going on that sock yarn blanket. A couple of months ago it occurred to me that a scrappy sweater would probably make optimal use of those scraps. Since sweaters account for the vast majority of my knit projects, this idea would be just the impetus I needed to finally give those scraps the home they deserve.

Somewhat of a cousin to the V-back Tee, Scrappy V was designed to be a happy marriage of yarn scraps and a V-shaped neckline. It features a wide V-shaped neckband with a yoke comprised of stripy, scrappy short rows to approximately level out the shoulders while also adding a bit of length to the back of the garment. The tee is light and flowy with 4-8 inches of positive ease and roomy shoulders and short sleeves. For the body, scraps of yarn can be added at the knitter’s whim for a colorful or neutral outcome. The colors could also be alternated to create a more balanced effect. With this pattern, knitter becomes artist as each scrap is added as with the stroke of a brush. What will your painting look like?  

For reference, this sample is the size Small. My bust circumference is 36″, so it fit me with about 4 inches of positive ease. Most of the scraps in this sample are from Havirland Yarns.

Sizing: XXS (XS, S, M, L) (XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Finished bust circumference: 33¾ (36¼, 39¾, 43½, 47½)(51½, 55¼, 59½, 64¾, 68½) inches / 86 (92, 101, 110½, 120½)(131, 140, 151, 164½, 174) cm

Intended to fit loosely & oversized with a positive ease of 4-8 in. / 10-20 cm. Size down for a snugger fit. See Schematic at the bottom of this page for additional measurements.

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows in 4 inches/10 cm of stockinette with size US 5/3.75 mm needles, blocked

Notions: 3 markers (including one unique BOR), darning needle, and scrap yarn for sleeves

Needles: 24” US 3/3.25 mm circulars for ribbing (and DPN’s for sleeve ribbing if not using magic loop), 32” or greater US 3/3.25 mm may be desired for hem and sleeve ribbing if using magic loop, 24” US 5/3.75 mm circulars or size needed to obtain gauge (and DPN’s for sleeves if not using magic loop), 32” or greater US 5/3.75 mm may be desired for body and sleeves

Yarn: Any sock yarn. Sample uses Havirland Pax Sock and Old Rusted Chair Sock.

This slightly cropped version is also a size Small but is knit approximately 1.5″ shorter. Almost all yarn scraps in this sample are from Old Rusted Chair.

Below is yet another sample that I knit, this time for my daughter. She is wearing the XXS size and has a chest circumference of 27.25″, so hers fits with about six inches of positive ease. Her sample is knit approximately 0.75″ shorter than written.

For her Scrappy V Sophie created her own fade from my stash. She did such a great job!

The back of the tee is a little wrinkled from packing.

To purchase my Scrappy V pattern, visit the pattern page in my Ravelry store here.

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