Eyelash yarn, also called fun fur based on the brand name of Lion Brand Yarn's eyelash yarn, is a lot of fun to work with and to wear. The yarn 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. Some products have varying lengths within the same product. Some have very solid masses of eyelashes, while some are a little more sparse. Pick a yarn that you like the look of for this quick and easy scarf project.
- Two balls eyelash yarn, or enough to produce a yardage around 100 yards (I used Lion Brand Fun Fur in Citrus, a green and blue variegated yarn)
- Size 10 US (6.5 mm) needles
- Crochet hook or sewing needle to work in ends
- Cast on 20 stitches using 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.
This is a wonderful scarf to wear to a party or just on one of those days when you 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. Have fun!
All About Stockinette
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 are a little flatter.
Using the fun fur, I find that the ends do not curl, perhaps because of the weight of all the little eyelashes. It does, however, curl in on itself the long way. I don't mind that. If this will bother you, you might want to try a different project, or use the exact same supplies but knit every row (that's Garter Stitch) instead of using Stockinette Stitch. It won't really change the look of the project because you can't see the stitches anyway.
More Project Options
Eyelash yarn is not all that warm, even though it is bulky, so you could also try this project working with the eyelash yarn and another yarn held together. You'll want bigger needles for that -- maybe around a 15 US, or 10 mm -- which will make the project go even faster. My Fizzy, Fuzzy Scarf is a version of this idea, worked with a novelty yarn that's not quite as lush or thick, and in ribbing instead of Stockinette.
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 and knitting with both at the same time.
Alternatively, you could pick out two colors of yarn, knit half of the scarf in one color and half in the other. 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.
More Fun Fur Projects
Some knitters really love knitting with eyelash yarn. If you are one of them, here are a few more projects to check out:
Crystal Palace Yarns has a scarf worked in Garter Stitch where plain and eyelash yarns are striped.
Also check out the fun Red Infinity Cowl by Louis Chicquette, which would be a riot in any color.