A Handwoven Scarf Just in Time for Winter

I just love yarn- really I love yarn. I can’t say that I’m a yarn hoarder, at least not yet, but I’m well on my way. There’s nothing like finding some beautiful, shimmery, soft and squishy yarn and to top it off, in the colors that you love. I came across this gorgeous variegated yarn at an estate sale. The yarn is 50% alpaca, 25% linen and 25% tencel- oh so soft and the tencel just adds an amazing sheen. The yarn incorporates purple, a muted teal and gold and recommends a US knitting needle of 4 (6 sts per inch). It would make an amazing warp! For the weft I will be using this solid purple yarn- it’s 70% alpaca and 30% bamboo. The recommendation is a US needle size of 3 (6 3/4 sts per inch).

As any good weaver should, I wove samples. I used a pattern from Carol Strickler’s A Weaver’s Book of 8 Shaft Patterns and chose a simple twill pattern- number 206. This pattern really allowed the variegated yarn to show through. I wove the sample at 18 epi and 16 epi and chose 16 epi for the project.

I just received my new to me baby Mac and thought this would be the perfect first project. So I warped the loom using 130 warp ends at 16 epi. This ended up to be 8 1/4 inches in the reed.

I tend to like my scarves on the longer side so I wove 80 inches leaving 6 inches for the fringe on each side. After washing my scarf was 7 inches wide and 75 inches long including the fringe.

I really like the scarf. It’s pretty soft, but it doesn’t have the loose drape that I thought I’d get when comparing it to the sample. I have some yarn left over, even enough to make another scarf if I incorporate the purple into the weft. I’m going to give it another go using either 14 epi or 12 epi. I’m also going to make it a bit wider going for 10 inches in the reed and then a tad bit long.

Items and Resources Used in this Post

A Weaver’s Book of 8 Shaft Patterns – Carol Strickler

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