Eyelash yarn (or fun fur) is easy to work with and fun to wear. It is especially comfy when knit into a scarf. This stockinette scarf pattern is an easy project that is perfect for beginners and will be just as enjoyable for experienced knitters.
This is a wonderful scarf to wear to a party or on one of those days when you simply need a little brightness and fun. There are so many different types of eyelash yarn out there, you can easily make several of these in different colors with different styles of yarn.
This style of yarn is also called "fun fur" because it is the brand name of Lion Brand Yarn's version of the novelty yarn. It is made of a central core with little strands of fiber coming off of it that look sort of like eyelashes.
Different brands of eyelash yarn have different lengths of eyelashes and you will find a few of varying lengths within the same product. Some have very solid masses of eyelashes, while others are a little more sparse. You'll find it in solid colors, though variegated yarns are very popular in this style as well.
Explore your choices, then pick a yarn that you like the look of for this quick scarf project. Make it for yourself or knit up a few to give away as gifts.
- Two balls eyelash yarn, or enough to produce a yardage around 100 yards
- Size 10 U.S. (6.5 mm) needles
- Crochet hook or sewing needle to work in ends
- Cast on 20 stitches using the method of your choice.
- Work in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until you are almost out of yarn.
- Bind off.
- Weave in ends.
Stockinette and Fun Fur
Some people don't like the stockinette stitch because it tends to curl up on itself. This is a completely natural side effect of the stitch. Some yarns curl a lot, while others remain a little flatter.
Most of the time, the ends do not curl when using fun fur. This may be because of the weight of all the little eyelashes. It does, however, curl in on itself the long way, which you may not mind since the more tubular shape kind of plays up the furry scarf.
If the curl will bother you, you might want to try a different project. Or, you can use the exact same supplies but knit every row (resulting in garter stitch) instead of using stockinette stitch. It won't really change the look of the project because you can't see the stitches behind the fur anyway.
Even though it is bulky, eyelash yarn is not all that warm. To add a little coziness, you could try knitting this project with the eyelash yarn and another yarn held together. You'll want bigger needles for that—around a 15 U.S., or 10 mm—and that will make the project go even faster.
Another option would be to hold two strands of eyelash yarn together as you knit, whether they are the same color or different colors. Instead of a variegated yarn, you could make your own combination by, say, choosing green and blue yarns and knitting with both at the same time.
This is a fun project to play with color as well. For instance, you could pick out two colors of yarn, knit half of the scarf in one color and the second half in the other color. You could also work stripes, but this kind of yarn is not the easiest for weaving in ends, so color blocking is probably a better idea.