Weaving Yarn for Scarves and Shawls
Interested in weaving scarves and shawls, and curious what materials you should use? The possibilities are almost endless! Below are some of my favorite yarn to use for weaving scarves and shawls.
Alpaca Weaving Yarn
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This alpaca weaving yarn is perfect for weaving shawls and scarves. I source this yarn directly from Arequipa, Peru, where it is made in a mill that has been creating high-quality alpaca yarn for over 90 years. Read all about this yarn here.
The cone is approximately 1/2 lb and comes in two sizes: 2/16 laceweight or 3/10 sportweight. The 2/16 is perfect for lightweight shawls and scarves and has 2,150 yards per cone, 34 wpi, most suitable as weft. The 3/10 works well for projects that need a bit more warmth and fullness and has 950 yards per cone, 20 wpi, recommended sett of 10-16 epi.
Wool Weaving Yarn
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This wool yarn (in fingering and sport weights) is fabulous for weaving scarves and shawls. This wool is grown on a single ranch in the wide open spaces of northern Wyoming, and spun into yarn at a woman-owned fiber mill committed to revitalizing the American wool industry through eco-friendly operations and fair prices for ranches. Read all about Mountain Meadow Wool here.
The fingering weight cones are 2,000 yards per pound, 14 wraps per inch, recommended sett of 8 - 10 epi. Comes on 4 oz cones (500 yards). The sportweight (available in three shades of gray) is 1,480 yards per pound, 12 wraps per inch, recommended sett of 6 - 8 epi. Comes on 4 oz cones (370 yards).
20/2 Hand-Dyed Bombyx Silk Yarn
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These gorgeous silk yarns are hand-dyed by Treenway Silks in Colorado. Treenway Silks is will known in the weaving community for their expert dyeing and brilliant colors. If you're looking for a truly luxurious weaving yarn for scarves and shawls, this is it. The skeins are approximately 100 grams and 1,100 yards. 20/2 yarn with a recommended EPI of 24-28. Suitable for warp and weft. Also available undyed.
Japanese Silk Noil Yarn
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This is a 100% silk noil yarn, created by Ito Yarns in Japan ~ this line of yarn is called Kinu. Different colored fibers are blended to create a melange effect. This weaving yarn has a beautiful hand and is perfect for both casual and elegant wear. 50 grams/1.75 ounces ~ 464 yards per cone. 25 wraps per inch. Not suitable for warp - this is lovely paired as a weft with other silk, alpaca, or wool yarn.
Italian Silk Noil Yarn
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This silk weaving yarn comes directly from a family-run mill in Florence, Italy. It is thick and textured and perfect for scarves, shawls, or other projects where you want a soft, textured yarn. Skeins are 150-175 grams and have approximately 525 yards. Suitable for warp and weft. 20 wpi, recommended sett of 10-15 epi.
Silk/Camel Weaving Yarn
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This luxurious blend of silk and camel fiber is patiently waiting for whatever scarf or shawl you're dreaming up. 70% silk, 30% camel. 100% gorgeous hand and texture. A soft camel color that can be used as is or dyed with acid or natural dyes.
Made in Canada. 1/2 lb. cone has 750 yards. 20 wpi, recommended sett of 10-15 epi.
30/2 Yak/Silk Blend Weaving Yarn
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This truly luxurious blend of 55% silk and 45% feels like weaving with heaven. Silk and yak are the perfect pair - silk gives delicate yak fibers substance, sheen and elasticity, and the silk becomes softer and warmer when blended with yak. The skein is approximately 100 grams and 1,625 yards yards. 30/2 yarn with a recommended EPI of 28-36. Suitable for warp and weft.