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Plaid for Beginning Weavers!

2nd of 14 patterns for 2014!

Remember this teaser photo from a few days ago?

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Well here’s what it is!

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I made this wonderful plaid scarf on my Ashford SampleIt 8″ Loom, and fell in love with it! The finished product came out to 7.5″ wide, and just over 70″ long (not including fringe). I used Knit Picks’ Wool of the Andes Sportweight, which has a ton of lovely color options. If you don’t understand the terminology, feel free to comment or message me and I will help you out in any way that I can!

Here’s how I did it:

Supplies:

  • 8″ (or larger) Rigid Heddle Loom
  • Main color (Mink) 300 yards, sportweight
  • Light color (White) 75 yards, sportweight
  • Dark color (Chocolate) 155 yards, sportweight
  • Contrast color (Marina) 40 yards, sportweight
  • Scrap yarn

Warp:

I set the warping peg about 80″ away from the loom, and direct warped using a 10 DPI reed. Here is a helpful video on how to do a direct warp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa1WrHOTjxY

  • 12 ends main color
  • 2 ends contrast color
  • 24 ends main color
  • 6 ends dark color
  • 6 ends light color
  • 6 ends dark color
  • 6 ends light color
  • 6 ends dark color
  • 12 ends main color

And there’s your warp! Now comes the fun part… WEAVING!

Weft:

  • Starting: 16 picks, main color
  • 6 picks dark color
  • 6 picks light color
  • 6 picks dark color
  • 6 picks light color
  • 6 picks dark color
  • 24 picks main color
  • 2 picks contrast color
  • 24 picks main color

Repeat this until you are almost out of warp room (approximately 6″ remaining).

  • Finishing: 16 picks main color

I recommend hemstitching for a neater, finished look. I braided the fringe on my scarf, but the options are open! Go ahead, try a twisted fringe, or leave it natural! I bet this scarf would look great a variety of ways! Don’t forget to full your finished item, and weave in any ends.

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