Saturday, January 6, 2007

**Tutorial** Soup Can Scarves

The name is a little misleading as you're not using a "can" but a microwaveable container! This is a craft for just about any ten year old enjoys this as well as my seven year old. The ten year old has made a ton of scarves for herself as well as friends and for donations! If you're quick, you might be able to complete one in a night! So, without further we go!!

empty microwaveable soup container

yarn - fancy or plain depending on the style you want. (Once you get the hang of it, I recommend using at least two different yarns together for a fuller look)


craft knife


1. First, eat the soup and clean the container!

2. Using a sharpie, draw hills and valleys along the top of the inverted container (your bottom will now be your top).

3. Carefully, cut your hills/valleys with a craft knife.

(For teaching purposes I am using regular yarn in my photos...the fancy fur, etc... makes it too difficult to distinguish the stitches in the photos)

Let's begin...

1. Make a slip knot and slide it over one of your hills (leave a tail of approx. 4-5 in.)

2. wrap your yarn around the inside of the next hill,

and then back toward your slip knot (in front of hill) and then to the back again

do the same for the rest of the hills.

3. When you reach the hill with your slip knot, complete step 2 as you have been doing- you will now have two strands of yarn on one hill.

4. Assuming you are right handed, keep your yarn in your right hand, pull it aside, and with your left hand, pull your bottom yarn strand over the top of your hill and release.

5. Continue steps 3 and 4 until your scarf reaches your desired length.

Completing your scarf:

1. Once your scarf is long enough, cut your yarn to leave a tail of at least 6-8 in. (Complete your stitches so that there is only one strand of yarn on each hill.

2. Take the strand from your last completed hill and raise it over the top and onto the hill to its left. You will now have one empty hill and one hill with two strands. Continue this step until the scarf is off the container.

3. Run your tail through the stitches to make a knot and keep your scarf from unraveling! You can do the same with your starter tail as well so that both ends are the same...that is up to you.

4. Wear as is or add fringe to the ends.


There are several different ways to do fringe. I still haven't decided on what I like best!

Suggestions: a) Cut 10-20 10in. strands, fold in half, thread through the bottom stitches and pass your strand ends through the fold, pull to tighten. b.) Cut 10 -12 10in. strands - thread them through one or two stitches, make sure strand ends are even and use another piece of yarn to make a tie in the middle.

Note: I just received my Joanns circular - they are having a 4 day sale 1/12 - 1/15 and they are advertising Fun Fur yarn 10 for $10 - that is an awesome deal - the regular price is $3.29 - 4.99!!!!! Other yarns are on sale as well - some brands/styles 2/$5 and others 2/$10

Have fun - happy scarving!!!

(If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email - a link is on the right toward the top of the page! )


Anonymous said...

saw your post on SCS so i'm checking it out. Gotta tell you i think this is sooo Kewl!

Gonna get some yarn and soup tom. Then the kidlets and i will be scarving.

Thanks for the tutorial.


Dorinda said...

it's a homemade knifty knitter! cool beans

Gail said...

My grandson wants to learn to knit or Chrochet. This looks like a fun project to do with him. TFS I'm a sure we will have lots of fun.

Martha said...

this is loom knitting. I love that you used something you would normally toss to make your loom. Very creative.

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