Weave this Cotton Summer Scarf
This week's free weaving pattern by Deborah Held is the perfect summer scarf or cowl - a simple tabby weave that can be woven on a rigid heddle loom or a floor loom. Grab up to 7 colors of 8/2 un-mercerized cotton from your stash (or buy some!) and start playing. Don't stress about picking colors - go with your gut, or choose from a few color combos I recommend below. Find all the geeky weaver details after the photos!
- Warp: Up to 7 colors of 8/2 Un-Mercerized cotton weaving yarn. You'll have lots of yarn left over after this project - use it to make more scarves, or placemats and towels.
- Weft: 1 cone of 8/2 Un-Mercerized cotton weaving yarn (Choose your favorite color from the warp threads, or choose the lightest color so the warp colors are more dominant)
- Warp length: 2.25 yards (you can weave 65" for a full length scarf with fringe, or you can weave 36" for a cowl and use the rest for sampling)
- Width in Reed: 7" (This shrinks to about 6.25 wide after wet finishing. If you'd like a wider scarf, you can also do 8"-9" in the reed)
- 84 ends
- 12-Dent Reed, as 12 epi
- Tabby Weave
- 2-Shaft or 4-Shaft Loom or Rigid Heddle Loom. This was woven on a Cricket Loom.
- If you’re using a Rigid Heddle loom, you’re going to want to use an indirect warp-on to make it easier to change the warp colors. If you don’t have a warping board and can’t maneuver some kind of warping board cheat as an alternative, you can absolutely direct warp; it’s just going to take a while to do so many color changes, so be ready. Consider working in 30-minute stints to break up the work of knotting on so many individual ends.
- Don’t forget the finish: a good wash and dry. The beauty of cotton (in addition to its lightweight wearability) is its ease of care. A light machine wash will remove factory and natural oils; a trip through the dryer softens your piece ever so delightfully. If you'd like to sew it into a cowl, you can use these instructions. If you'd like it to be a scarf, simply hem stitch and twist the fringe!
Debbie writes: "The scarf is woven in a balanced plain weave, centered at 7 inches in width, and with a total of 84 (single) ends. In this instance, more is more. I used seven different colors in a relatively narrow piece. (I started with five, but wasn’t getting the look I was after and added in two more.)