Finished: Gauzy Plaid Scarf, a.k.a. Brillo Pad Scarf

I’m reminding myself it’s an experiment. This yarn, which I didn’t sample, became super scratchy and wavy once washed and dried. It has a look that I like, but the feel is all wrong. It’s a perfect scarf–for a snowman.

Gauzy plaid scarf


Finished: Silvery Scarf (and the Wonders of Math)

Silvery Scarf

I love this simple, soft, silvery scarf, woven on my new Hideaway Homestead rectangle loom. Having woven several projects on triangle looms and Weave-Its, I had some experience with continuous strand weaving, but I’d never used a rectangle before, which is all done on the diagonal. Triangle loom weaving is more popular, and you can find several yardage charts available, but not so with the more obscure rectangle. So, I found this explanation on Roger Thrush’s website about how to estimate yardage (page 12). Multiply the number of pegs of the width by the number of pegs of the length and divide by 36.

For this weaving, I had 30 pegs for the width and 150 pegs for the length:

30 x 150 = 4,500 inches

Now, you take that total and divide by 36 to get the yardage estimate:

4,500 / 36 = 125 yards

This scarf was approximately 9.5″ wide and 48″ long. If you study rectangle loom weaving, you’ll see it’s basically a bunch of squares being woven on the diagonal. With this scarf, there were five “squares.”

Another way of figuring yardage is to find the hypotenuse of one of the triangles that make up a square. You can measure the length with a tape measure, or if you just want to figure it out without the loom in front of you, you can use the Pythagorean Theorem because they’re right triangles. Each side (a and b) is 9.5″ so you’d use a2 + b2 = c2:

90.5 (which is 9.5 squared) + 90.5 = 181

Now, you find the square root of 181, which is approximately 13.4. So, the hypotenuse is 13.4″ long.

If you multiply that by 5 (because there are five “squares”), you’ll find how many inches of yarn you’ll need to weave across the rectangle one time. Remember, you’re not going straight across like with traditional weaving; you’re zigging and zagging. So, the total for one row comes to 67″. You then multiply that times 60 (pegs) to find out how much yarn you’ll need to go all the way across on 30 pegs and then return back. You then divide by 36 (inches) to get yardage:

67 x 60 / 36 = (approx.) 112 yards

However, when you weave, there’s something called “take up,” which means you need to add in more yardage than you think because all those threads are going over and under other threads, using up about 5-15% more than your total.

If I had needed an extra 10% for this project, I wouldn’t have had enough yarn. The skein of yarn stated on the package that it had 120 yards. So, either I didn’t have much take up, the yarn company added in a few extra yards, or there was magic in the air, because I not only had enough yarn to finish this project, I had about one yard to spare. Weird!

It was super fun weaving this scarf. I really love bias weaving. It’s very stretchy and comfortable. The look is more toward the rustic end of the weaving scale, but the feel is really kind of luxurious.

As for the loom, I can’t believe I waited to buy this. It really feels like something I should have been weaving on for a few years now. Roger from Hideaway Homestead (website | Etsy) is great. He makes a fine loom and is super efficient when it comes to getting it to your door. I’ll be using this loom quite a bit.

Twill Wool Scarf

Twill Scarf

A few weeks ago, I visited Avalanche Looms and came away with this locally-produced wool. The yellow was dyed with goldenrod, the blue indigo. I discovered an unused hank of red in my stash, too, which was also a local yarn, and so I put them side by side on the table and thought, “Maybe.”

Twill Wool Scarf

For this scarf, I used a 10 dent heddle on my Ashford folding table loom, and I skipped every other slot to make it 5 dpi. Just for fun, I wove a bunch of different twill patterns and some colorful plain weave stripes. I’ll admit, when this was on the loom I wasn’t certain what to think of it, especially because, once again, I forgot that a floating selvedge can be a friend. Off the loom, washed, dried on the radiator, and with the fringes twisted, I suddenly liked it. A lot! It’s my happy January scarf, something that adds a splash of color to the wintry world.

Moral of the story is to weave with wool. It’s always fun. I really like wool. And the local flavor makes it even more delightful.


Finished: Useful Scarf

Here’s a useful, soft, and warm scarf woven out of a single ply wool called Manos Maxima. I wove it very quickly on my Ashford Sampleit over the weekend. The Sampleit has proven its worth as a portable loom as I brought it to work on Friday. Several of my coworkers knit or crochet, and now I can weave. The loom tucks into a medium-sized duffle, and I actually warped it and wove a few inches. Over the cold weekend, I finished the scarf while under a blanket on the couch. My other looms are getting jealous.

Finished: Useful Scarf

Finished: Brown and White Scarf

This ranks as the warmest scarf I’ve ever made. The brown and natural wool is from my amazing find at Goodwill. I’ve made three items (this scarf, the triloom blanket, and the triloom bias shawl). Believe it or not, I still have enough for one more project. The brown wool is denser and scratchier than the natural. I don’t mind, but I can’t imagine many people would seek it out.

This scarf was warped and woven in one day. I used a single warp float pickup pattern from Jane Patrick’s book. Because this is wool, I assumed it would shrink, but even in the hottest water, it only lost an inch in width. I suppose that it shrunk more with the open weave of the triloom.

The temperature is supposed to be below zero (F) this week, so maybe it’ll be woolen scarf weather, even if it’s a little scratchy.

Review of the Ashford Sampleit

I finished weaving the log cabin scarf in just one day. The little Ashford Sampleit is a great loom for me. It wasn’t that easy to put together because the instructions were pretty minimal. But once assembled I was able to quickly warp it using some cotton I had on hand, and I wove this cheerful blue and white scarf. The loom comes with a 7.5 dent heddle, so I’m looking through my stash for worsted to bulky weight yarns.

This loom is so tiny (18″ long by 11.5″ wide) that I do use it as a lap loom. I also bought an inexpensive duffle so I can take it along on trips. The shed is great for such a tiny loom: 1.5″. The up and down sheds both stay put. The weaving width is about 8″.

This loom has the new Ashford clicker pawl system, so you can can advance the warp easily. I dislike plastic pawls and ratchets, and these are plastic. Hopefully they’ll hold up to a lot of use, because I can see I’ll be using this loom quite a bit!

Review of the Ashford Sampleit

Weave-It Scarf

I brought a little Weave-It 4″ loom to work and during my lunch hours, wove up a stack of squares. Then, I spent a few hours stitching them together and crocheting a border. I thought it was cute, but truly didn’t care for it until it had been washed, dried, and steamed with an iron. Then, I suddenly thought, “That’s a scarf!”

Finished: Noro Scarf





You’d think I’d have about a dozen scarves after weaving for about 2.5 years, but I either give them away or decide they’re not quite right. There are two I wear regularly (in the cooler weather). Now, there are three, because I’m crazy about this Noro Taiyo sock yarn scarf. Yes, using the yarn as a warp was a big challenge, but I love the end results. I wove this on the Glimakra Emilia after it started snapping under the pressure of the Ashford table loom. I doubled each end in the 8 dent heddle, often threading the “wrong” end, and so the color scheme didn’t stay true to the color changes of the yarn. I didn’t care one bit, because I was more worried about being able to weave the entire thing without snapping threads than whether or not the goofy colors matched up properly. The weft was black crochet cotton (size 10). I also used a pickup stick pattern from Jane Patrick’s The Weaver’s Idea Book. It’s on page 85,  5/1 warp float.

The warp was sticky, tangled in numerous spots, and often plain old difficult to weave. I made mistakes, too. Surprisingly, in the end, I was so pleased with the lightweight, airy scarf, I didn’t wait for it to air dry after washing it. I placed it in front of a space heater, and 20 minutes later, the scarf was ready to go.