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Woven Plaid Scarf

Not infrequently, my son, husband and I leave our apartment, get out onto the sidewalk, take a look at each other and realize that we're all wearing plaid. True, my son and husband bear the last name Ogilvie, but what's my excuse?

I just love plaid, always have, always will. Plaid does have lovely associations with outdoor ruggedness and indoor woodfires, but more compelling for me is the pure logic of its structure. I could endlessly travel the paths and intersections of plaid's colored highways, taking pit stops to ponder the neighborhood where pink crosses gray and to follow the hair-thin lines that interrupt the landscape.

And although knitting and crochet have their methods of creating plaid, nothing replaces a woven plaid for simplicity and sheer beauty. Plaid is, in fact, the very reason I ever became a student of Schacht Spindle Co's Cricket Loom. It's indeed a breathtaking endeavor to watch as stripes morph into plaid, like a smile breaking across a face!

Purl Soho's Line Weight yarn gives this plaid project a very special feeling. Line Weight glows with a smooth, downy softness, creating a fabric that is more gentle and elegant than you might expect from the same pattern that brings you hunting coats and horse blankets!

Inspired to equip yourself with a mobile weaving studio? Pick up the whole ensemble: a 15-inch Cricket Loom, a 12-dent reed and seven skeins of Line Weight, with our Materials for Woven Plaid Scarf kit. Or if you're already a seasoned weaver and just need the yarn, click right here. I hope you have as much fun making yours as I did mine! -Whitney

Materials

Get everything you need with our Materials for Woven Plaid Scarf kit. It includes...

  • 7 skeins of Purl Soho's Line Weight, 100% merino wool. (This is enough yarn for exactly three scarves if you alter the plaid pattern for each scarf.) The colors are, from the top...
    • Color A: 1 skein of Storm Gray
    • Color B: 1 skein of Oyster Gray
    • Color C: 1 skein of Yellow Yellow
    • Color D: 1 skein of Super Pink
    • Main Color: 3 skeins of Heirloom White

If you already have a loom but would like the 7 skeins of Line Weight, that's an option too. Just click here!

Structure

Balanced Plain Weave

Warp

Warp Length: 102 inches (includes 21 inches of loom waste)

Warp Ends: 158

Width in Reed: 12 inches

Ends Per Inch (E.P.I.): 13

Pick Per Inch (P.P.I): 13

Size

Finished Dimensions: 11 inches wide x 81 inches long with a 1/2-inch fringe

Note

Cricket Looms come with a very user-friendly instructional booklet that walks you through every step of the weaving process, from assembling the loom to tying the fringe. For even more guidance, check out our Cricket Loom Tips here. And for the Woven Plaid Scarf pattern read on right here!

Pattern

Warp the Loom

Set up the warping peg 102 inches from the front of the loom.

To begin threading the heddle, start with the Main Color (MC) and pull the first loop of yarn through the 6th slat from the right end of the reed.

Pull MC through the next 5 slats so that there are 12 threads total.

Cut MC at the back apron rod and tie MC to Color B (Oyster Gray) so that the knot is on or fairly close to the apron rod. Pull Color B through the next slat (above the rod).

Cut Color B and tie on MC. Pull MC through next 5 slats (always alternating below and above the apron rod).

Cut MC at the warping peg and tie on Color C (Yellow Yellow) so that the knot is on or close to the peg. Remove the MC end from the last slat and pull Color C through the same slat from front to back. (There should be one MC thread and one Color C thread in the same slat.)

Cut Color C and tie on MC at the back apron rod. Pull MC through next 14 slats.

Cut MC and tie on Color A (Storm Gray). Pull Color A through next slat.

Cut Color A and tie on MC. Pull MC through next 11 slats.

Cut MC and tie on Color B. Pull Color B through next slat.

Cut Color B and tie on MC. Pull MC through next 9 slats.

Cut MC at the warping peg and tie on Color C. Remove the MC end from the last slat and pull Color C through the same slat from front to back.

Cut Color C and tie on MC at the back apron rod. Pull MC through next 12 slats.

Cut MC and tie on Color A. Pull Color A through next slat.

Cut Color A and tie on MC. Pull MC through next 10 slats.

Cut MC and tie on Color B. Pull Color B through next slat.

Cut Color B and tie on MC. Pull MC through next 5 slats.

Cut MC at the warping peg and tie on Color D (Super Pink). Remove the MC end from the last slat and pull Color D through the same slat from front to back.

Cut Color D and tie on MC at the back apron rod. Pull MC through next 2 slats, finishing with the 6th slat from the left end of the reed.

Tie MC to the back apron rod.

You should have 158 warp threads. Finish the warp according to the Cricket Loom instructions.

Weave

Wind one shuttle full with the MC and the other with 20-25 yards of Color B.

Weave several inches using paper towels or rags until the warp threads are evenly spread out.

Leaving a 36-inch tail (which you will use at the end for finishing), weave with the MC for 1/2 inch. Lightly beat each row twice.

With Color D, weave 1 row. (See One Row Stripe instructions, below.)

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color B, weave 2 rows. (See Two Row Stripe instructions, below.)

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

The weft pattern is a series of colored stripes, each separated by 5 inches of MC. Here, then, is the color sequence for the rest of the scarf:

With Color A, weave 1 row.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color B, weave 2 rows.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color A, weave 1 row.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color B, weave 2 rows.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color C, weave 1 row.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color B, weave 2 rows.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color A, weave 1 row.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color B, weave 2 rows.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color D, weave 1 row.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color B, weave 2 rows.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color A, weave 1 row.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color B, weave 2 rows.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color A, weave 1 row.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color B, weave 2 rows.

With MC, weave for 5 inches.

With Color C, weave 1 row.

With MC, weave for 1/2 inch.

One Row Stripe

Note: Do not cut the MC. Instead, carry it up the selvedge.

To make a one row stripe lay the yarn in the shed with 2-3 -inch tails on each end.

Beat the row into place, switch the heddle, and tuck each tail into the shed.

Beat the tails lightly, returning the heddle to the same place. Continue with MC.

Two Row Stripe

Note: Do not cut the MC.

Bring the Color B shuttle through the shed, leaving a 2-3 -inch tail.

Beat this row and switch the heddle.

Tuck the tail into the shed and beat it lightly.

Return the heddle to the same position and bring the shuttle through again. Beat.

Cut Color B, leaving a 2-3 inch tail.

Switch the heddle, tuck the tail and beat. Return the heddle to the same position and continue with MC.

Every two row stripe alternate the selvedge where you tuck the tails.

Finish

For a complete how-to on this step, visit our Finishing with Hemstitch tutorial right here.

Finish each end of the scarf with a hemstitch. Make the first hemstitch around a group of 5 warp ends, then make the stitches around groups of 4 warp ends, until you get to the last 5 ends. Finish with a group of 5 ends.

Cut the fringe 1/2 inch from the end of the scarf. Weave in the hemstitch tails and gently hand wash your finished scarf, laying it flat to dry.

That's it! You've woven a beautiful scarf!

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17 Responses to Woven Plaid Scarf


  1. Josie says:

    Wow Whitney, I am impressed.
    As a long ago retired weaver I know how much work this BEAUTIFUL scarf represents.
    Great job (and your edges are so straight too).
    It almost makes me want to weave again!

  2. Ann says:

    Pretty! Reminiscent of the Coach Tattersall pattern.

  3. Keri says:

    How hard is this realistically? In an experience knitter and sewer and LOVE this project but could a beginner even hope to complete this as beautifully as these pictures?? All the instructions sound so complicated–but I guess that's just because of the unfamiliar terminology.

  4. Carly says:

    This scarf is so lovely! Do you offer any classes on how to weave? I've loved the couple of scarves I've seen on your site but haven't ever woven before.

  5. Jane says:

    So beautiful! I know what just went to the top of my Christmas wish list!

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi Carly-

    Please disregard my last reply (I have deleted it.) We DO offer a weaving class. You can find info on it at the link below. It's called "How to Use a Rigid Heddle Loom" and the next session is on December 15th!

    Thank you!

    Molly

  7. purl bee says:

    HI Keri,

    If you tend toward the crafty (which it sounds like you do!), I'd say this particular project for a beginner weaver would be challenging, but doable.

    The Woven Plaid Scarf is just my second Cricket Loom project (in addition to some very rusty knowledge from a weaving apprenticeship I did over twenty years ago). For me, it was very straightforward and simple, but you do have to keep your head in the game! For an even simpler pattern, you might want to start with our Woven Scarf: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/5/5/whits-knits-woven-scarf.html)

    I hope you do decide to take up weaving. It's fascinating, beautiful and a ton of fun! Thanks for your question!

    Whitney

  8. kellybaron says:

    You should make this in other colors! Like with a burgundy and forest green. You see, I would LOVE to make one for my boyfriend, but I can't find the right colors of line weight yarn on your site. I suppose I could look elsewhere, but I really trust your quality.

  9. Martha says:

    You mention that the kit has enough yards for 3 scarves if you vary the colors. Could you estimate how many yards warp and weft you needed for this pattern?

  10. purl bee says:

    Hi Kellybaron,

    Line Weight doesn't come in burgundy or forest green (although it does come in lots of blues and grays that your boyfriend might like!).

    A yarn that does have those colors is Jade Sapphire's 2 Ply Cashmere (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/614-Jade-Sapphire-2-ply-Cashmere). It would be super beautiful alternative and is the same weight as our Line Weight yarn. It comes in lots of traditionally masculine colors (like Robe Royale and Critical Moss).

    Thanks so much for your question and please let us know if you have more!

    Whitney

  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Martha,

    I believe that the warp used 250-300 yards and the weft used 700-750 yards.

    I hope this helps you with your calculations! Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for this one!

    Whitney

  12. Nora Norton says:

    Hi, Whitney,
    I ordered the entire kit (that included the 15 inch Cricket loom) for the plaid scarf. Im a new weaver so I am practicing using the Shacht instructions and the two yarns that came with the kit. Question – after I finished warping and cut the warps from the post, I found that the ends of some of the warps were totally uneven (some very short and others long). So Im guessing I was stretching tight on some and hardly at all on others. To make sure that I have a fairly even ends, how do I pull the yarn from reed to the post to make sure I have a fairly even tension? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  13. purl bee says:

    HI Nora,

    I haven't experienced that problem, but I do think you have correctly diagnosed the problem! When I'm warping the loom, I walk with the yarn loosely running through my hand to the peg, take a turn around the peg and walk back to the loom. If your peg isn't that far away, I guess you wouldn't be walking, but the concept should be the same: a light, even tension and a consistent method.

    Having said all that, I imagine that now you know the problem, it won't be a problem! Please let us know if you have any other questions, and I hope you're having a ball with your new loom!

    Whitney

  14. elisabeth says:

    Hi – I am not a weaver and really cannot take on another skill right now. Is there any way I can convert this pattern to knitting needles? The plaid is really beautiful.

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Elisabeth-

    The fabric created from knitting will be completely different in feel and drape than the woven fabric but there are ways to knit plaid. Whitney made a lovely blanket that had a grid pattern which you can see here: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/8/12/whits-knits-lines-squares-baby-blanket.html You could use the same principles to knit a scarf with a plaid pattern.

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    Molly

  16. Gris fleur says:

    Can we find this yarn in Europe ? Many thanks

  17. Donatella says:

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial. It took me several months to complete the scarf, my first weaving project, but I am so proud now that I did it.
    Can't wait to start another one.
    Best wishes to you all.

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