Weaving a Scarf (Part 1)

So today I thought I’d describe my method of weaving a scarf that several people have found rather interesting!  It is not yet finished, so I’ll probably do an update at that point, but I thought it would be an interesting article anyway!

I decided to try my hand at weaving when I was doing some repairs on a woollen blanket.  I found that for some of the repairs I had to create a woven patch and it all turned out rather nicely.  But I wanted to know more about weaving and actually create something woven.  The only problem?  No loom and no space in my house for a loom.  So I did some research… …

and created my ‘loom’:

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If these look rather familiar, its because they probably are!  They are plastic drinking straws.  The cardboard at the top holds all my lengthwise threads in place.

Before you all get excited, what I am weaving will not look like the carefully woven scarves you get in the shops, because in those, the threads that go the whole length of the scarf are involved in the weave itself along with the sideways threads.  In my scarf the longways threads go through the straws and have no part in the weave other than being a support.  As I am using thin yarn to make my scarf I have used a double-over thread in each straw to provide some extra support when the weaving comes off the straws.  You can see this here:

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Remember I said the longways thread were just support for the weaving?  Well here’s how you weave!

You initially start off by tying one end of a ball of wool to one of the end straws (about halfway up the straw) and then just weave it around the straws.  I don’t have a picture of the first line of weave, but the following picture shows the basic idea:

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You keep doing this back and forth and up and up the straws.  I have shown the weaving while it is spread out, but if you want a tight weave then you should weave it close to the row below like in the bottom of the picture!  Eventually, you’ll reach a point close to the top of your straws.  At this point you just pull the straws up (one by one) so that the top of the weave comes to approximately half way up the straws.

Even more eventually you’ll have filled your straws.  Now this makes for a short and very rigid scarf if you end the whole thing there!  So you just push the weave off the end of the straws, remembering to keep enough of it on the straws itself.

If you accidentally pull a straw all the way out then it is fixable, just requires patience and concentration!  You just try to put it in a small way back into the weave and keep going with that straw longer than the others.

So this shows how far I’ve got!  As you can imagine, it takes a little while but patience and perseverance are well worth the results!

W4You can see my (rather small now) ball of wool resting on the straws, lots of weaving and the (still long) ends of the lengthways threads coming out the bottom of the weave.  The aim is to fill up those lengthways threads!

When I finish with this ball of wool, I can just tie another one on the end of it and keep going!  If you don’t have colour changing wool and want to change colour, you can also use that method to change colour!

This is what the weave looks like once its come off the straws.

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I think its very pretty!  To end, I will have to do some tying off to ensure the weave stays on the thread, but I will probably update you on that bit when I’ve sorted it, that’ll be part 2!

So there you have it.  Weaving a scarf with drinking straws and wool.  Easy!

If you want more details on how to make this scarf, or if you would like one made for you, then please get in touch!  These scarfs are easy to make shorter/longer by using longer lengthways threads, or wider/thinner by changing the number of straws!

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