Clasped Weft Scarf

by Mariah Gaar

Free pattern to weave an alpaca and silk scarf with clasped weft stripes

Clasped Weft Scarf

*Please note, we no longer carry all of this yarn, but you are welcome to use this pattern as inspiration!*

This timeless scarf is woven with a luxurious combination of silk and alpaca. Stripes are woven throughout the cloth using a technique called clasped weft, adding visual interest and accentuating the twill pattern. 

Designed by Mariah Gaar for GIST: Yarn & Fiber. 

Need some help getting started? Check out Resources for Beginner and Intermediate Weavers. 

Free pattern to weave an alpaca and silk scarf with clasped weft stripes
Free pattern to weave an alpaca and silk scarf with clasped weft stripes


Warp:1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Silk Yarn in White

Weft:2 x 1/2 lb. cones of 3/10 Alpaca Weaving Yarn in contrasting colors (Mariah used cloudand black, see all color suggestions below)

Free pattern to weave an alpaca and silk scarf with clasped weft stripes
Free pattern to weave an alpaca and silk scarf with clasped weft stripes

Project Notes

  • Tools Required: 4 shaft table or floor loom, shuttle & bobbins, 10 or 15 dent reed
  • EPI: 15 *If using a 10 dent reed, thread (1,2,1,2,1,2)*
  • Width at Reed: 18" 
  • Warp Ends: 270
  • Warp Length: 3.3 yards
  • Technique: Birds Eye Twill, clasped weft
  • Finished Dimensions: 16" W x 76" L 
  • Finishing Details: Hem stitch, 6" fringe 
  • Care Instructions: Hand wash cold with a mild detergent, lay flat to dry 

Weaving & Finishing 

Begin and end your scarf with hemstitch

Color A = Cloud, Color B = Black

Weft Color Order: Mariah writes, "When planning for this scarf I wanted to create something that felt balanced and carried the eye from one section to the next. I repeated and reflected a simple stripe layout in 6 sections that were 7" long. Each one of these sections were separated with 6" breaks. For each of the main sections: 2" of the primary weft was woven, 1/2" of the accent weft was woven (using the clasped weft technique), 2" of primary weft, 1/2" of accent weft (clasped), finally finishing this section with another 2" of the primary weft. For the separating breaks between the main pattern sections: 1/2" accent weft woven the entirety of the width, 5" of primary weft, then another 1/2" of accent weft.This can then be repeated as many times as desired or in smaller/greater lengths. Again, I repeated the main section 6 times with 5 of the 'breaks' in between."

Section 1

  • 2" Color A*
  • 1/2" Color B (clasped weft technique)
  • 2" Color A 
  • 1/2" Color B (clasped weft technique)
  • 2" Color A

Section 2 

  • 1/2" Color B (woven across full width) 
  • 5" Color A
  • 1/2" Color B (woven across full width) 
  • Repeat from * 

Repeat section 1 a total of 6 times and section 2 a total of 5 times for a total of about 72." 

Clasped Weft Technique: Mariah writes, "The clasped weft technique was used to create an eye-catching and impactful design while keeping the piece relatively minimal. To create this design you need two shuttles filled with the primary weft (used in the main body of the scarf) and your secondary weft (used as an accent). With the shed open slide your primary shuttle through -- wrapping it around your secondary shuttle's yarn so that it forms a loop around the accent weft. Pull the clasped accent yarn back into the open shed and position it where you like. Keeping it relatively loose -- close the shed and beat. Move on to the next sequence in your treadling and repeat." 

For a full tutorial on the clasped weft weaving technique, check out this post on the Bluprint website

Finishing: Once you have finished weaving, hand wash the scarf in cold water with a mild detergent and hang to dry. When the scarf is dry, iron or steam the fabric on the lowest setting and trim the fringe to the desired length. 

Free pattern to weave an alpaca and silk scarf with clasped weft stripes

About Mariah Gaar

"I have a background in Studio Art -- specifically in fibers and graphic design. In my own work, I aim to create access to heirloom quality textiles. I explore various natural fibers and color combinations to make something worthy of holding on to. I focus on the juxtaposition between art and function - and try to find the balance between the two. Weaving is my passion and I enjoy continuing to learn more about this medium every day."

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