By Stephanie Flynn Sokolov
This oh-so-soft scarf is lightweight, yet warm—the perfect project to start weaving now for fall wearing. We’ve combined two Imperial Stock Ranch Yarns, Anna, which is a wool and cotton plied yarn, and Tracie Too, which is a 2-ply wool yarn doubled in the warp and used single in the weft. We love the look of the Anna yarn where the white cotton ply appears to float in and out along the length of the woven web to great effect. This yarn is contrasted with stripes of natural white Tracie Too, two ends doubled, producing a strong vertical line.
Finished size: 7-5/8" wide x 69" long, including 5" of twisted fringe at either end
Weave structure: plain weave with spaced wefts
Warp length: 116" which includes 20" loom waste to allow for fringe on both ends
Total warp ends: 36 ends of Tracie Too and 28 (14 doubled) ends of Anna
Width in reed: 10"
PPI: approximately 7 in plain weave areas
What You'll Need
We used the direct peg warping technique and wound the warp in the following order: Tracie Too in the first slot 2 passes (four threads total—you are doubling these ends), then thread Anna in the next three slots (six threads total). Repeat 5 more times. End with Tracie Too threaded 2 passes in last slot (four threads—again doubling the threads).
After you’ve measured all of the warps and wound onto the warp beam, thread the holes. In the slots where you have 4 threads of the Tracie Too, move two of them to the adjacent hole (these are your doubled threads).
Weaving is a breeze and you’ll be done before you know it.
To allow for the twisted fringe, begin weaving approximately 11" from the tie-on knots at the front apron rod (you can untie the tie-on knots and include that as part of the length needed for fringe).
Using Tracie Too singly, weave 3 picks and hemstitch in groups of 2 warp threads.
Using Tracie Too singly, weave 4 rows of plain weave. Place your next pick 1-1/4" away and weave another 4 rows, carrying the weft along the selvedge. Repeat for the length of the scarf or 86", ending with hemstitching as you began.
The weave will look very open. Don’t worry: it’ll all come together in the washing process. Use a firm beat but be careful not to pack the weft so tightly it completely obscures the warp. Each section of 4 picks should measure about 1/2".
If you need the length for your fringe, untie the knots rather than cutting to remove the scarf from the loom.
Once you’ve removed your scarf from the loom, it’s time to bring out the full beauty of this yarn through the finishing process.
Before washing, twist the fringe in groups of two securing with an overhand knot at the end of each fringe.
Wash by hand in warm water with very little agitation. Gently squeeze to remove excess water.
Roll in a dry towel and press to remove the moisture. Then, set your dryer to low and place the towel and scarf in the dryer checking every 2 minutes. When the scarf appears fulled, but not felted (it will still be damp), approximately 6-8 minutes in my dryer, remove and lay flat to finish drying.
Using a medium warm iron, press and shape to finish.