“The weather outside is frightful, but weaving is so delightful” … I know the classic holiday tune is suppose to have “fire”, but doesn’t “weaving” fit beautifully? Take advantage of these cozy times inside and get creative at your rigid heddle loom. I did just that recently, weaving a scarf with some of our beautiful new knitting yarns. After all, why should knitters have all the fun?
This “hot off the rigid heddle loom” (Sunday night to be exact) project is a super easy, sumptuous, soft scarf using Berroco Elements Wool Blend Yarn in the warp and Victorian BouclÃ© Yarn in the weft. Berroco Elements’ unique construction creates an attractive, sophisticated yarn with subtle sheen and a gentle halo that is at the same time extremely strong, making it well suited for the warp. The subtle frosted colors and sheen pair so well with the Victorian Boucle. Take a look at some of the combinations we like. Do you have a favorite?
We’ll put together the exact specifications in a pattern that will be available in the next few weeks, but for those of you eager to get weaving here’s all you need to know…
To make an 8″ by 75″ scarf (after washing and drying) wind a 3 yard warp of 72 threads, set at 8 ends per inch and weave 84 inches at 8 picks per inch. You’ll need just 2 balls of Berroco Elements for the warp and 1 skein of Victorian Boucle for the weft. A few tips, direct warp (it’s so easy), rewind your Elements into a center pull ball before warping and wind your Victorian Boucle directly from a swift on to your stick shuttle. It’s that easy!
This scarf can be woven on any 2 shaft loom, but it is very well suited for the rigid heddle. Direct warping is so fast and with just 8 picks per inch this scarf is off the loom in no time. A perfect weekend project. Wear it to work on Monday!
Pick your colors and start weaving.
P.S. For an additional tip to make direct warping even easier, check out our accompanying post.
As for washing, I soaked the scarf in luke warm water with Eucalan Wool Wash 16.9 oz bottle , ran it through the spin cycle in my washing machine, placed it in the dryer for just a few minutes to fluff and hung to dry. For those who prefer, you can roll the scarf in a towel and hang to dry.