Loopy Scarf

Paul was off working at a race track on the weekend, so I filled my time with crafting. Saturday was machine knitting day, and Sunday was weaving day. I haven’t yet finished off the garment I made on Saturday, so I’ll blog about the weaving first.

Lately I’ve only been weaving large projects on the table loom, so I decided to take inspiration from my recent shift to using up small batches of yarn on small knitting projects and tackle some small weaving projects.

I have a little stash of handspun, including these balls of handspun by the lovely and talented Yarnivorous. I’ve been putting off using it because I hadn’t yet found a project for it that would take advantage of it’s unique characteristics. It was brightly coloured, with short colour changes. Looping the yarn back and forth on the table to see how long the colour changes were gave me a spark of inspiration.

It’s been ages since I worked on the knitters loom, but it was perfect for this project. So easy and fast to warp. It took a while for me to work out how to have loops on either side of the scarf without the warp sliding out into them. I tried twisting the last two warp threads on each side around each other, but it was slow and difficult. The solution I eventually worked out was much simpler: two loopy shots followed by two normal ones.

Once the scarf was done and off the loom, I decided that the fringe at the ends clashed with and distracted from the loops. I considered tying and then sewing the warp ends back into the weave. Then I had another flash of inspiration. I’m still in love with looped, mobius scarves. Why not bring the scarf ends together, tie corresponding warp threads and then sew them back into the weave?

The warp turned out to be thin enough, and the weft thick enough, that the doubling up of warp where the ends are sewn in isn’t noticeable unless you look closely.

I love how this worked out. It suits the yarn, which is bright and fun. It’s a loopy loop scarf!

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