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Sunday
May052013

Whit's Knits: Woven Scarf

When I was in college I spent a January break deeply ensconced in a weaving studio in Maine learning the ins and outs of heddles, warps and wefts. I became fascinated with the beauty of woven fabric, but once the month was over, I faced the same dilemma as many aspiring weavers before me: even if I could have afforded a room-size loom, where in the world would I put it? My dorm room? Or later, my first New York City shoebox apartment?

And so, about a million years later, I'm so excited to be back at the loom! This time with Schacht Spindle Co.'s perfectly engineered Cricket Loom. About the size of a record player, this rigid-heddle loom turns out beautiful woven fabric without requiring its own room. The Cricket is also super easy and insanely satisfying!

For this Woven Scarf I worked a plain weave, choosing yarns that would add their own complexity and depth. Habu's Dyed Bamboo forms a strong, smooth and wonderfully lustrous warp. And the hand dyed subtlety of Anzula's Squishy gives the weft a gently variegated beauty. The result is a stunning lightweight scarf with all the classic simplicity of woven fabric!

As a lover of all crafts that involve my hands and some yarn, the Cricket Loom is my new best friend. It swings open the door to a whole world of fiber arts whose inspiration is truly endless!

Get the Woven Scarf how-to's right here. Be sure to also check out our Cricket Loom Tips here and our Finishing with Hemstitch tutorial here! Happy weaving! -Whitney

 

The Materials

  • Weft: 2 skeins of Anzula's Squishy, 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon.

Here are some color recommendations, shown above, clockwise from the top left:

  • Dyed Bamboo, Teal; and Squishy, Teal (This is the combination I used.)
  • Dyed Bamboo, Silver; and Squishy, Seaside
  • 20/12 Bamboo, White; and Squishy, Au Natural
  • Dyed Bamboo, Charcoal; and Squishy, Elephant

The Pattern

Structure

Plain Weave

Warp

Warp Length: 103 inches (includes 15 inches of loom waste)

Warp Ends: 154

Width in Reed: 12 inches

Ends Per Inch (E.P.I.): 12 7/8

Pick Per Inch (P.P.I): 14

Finished Size

11 1/2 inches wide x 88 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 Scarf pattern read on right here!

Begin

WARPING THE LOOM

Set up the warping peg 103 inches from the front of the loom, and use the Habu Bamboo to warp the loom.

To begin threading the heddle, pull the first loop of yarn through the 7th slat from the right end of the reed. Finish with the 7th slat from the left end.

When you transfer a strand from each slot to each hole, start from the right and end with the last strand in the 7th hole from the left.

You should have 154 warp threads.

WEAVING

Using the Anzula Squishy as the weft yarn, be sure to leave about a 36-inch tail when you begin. You will use it at the end to finish your scarf.

Weave in plain weave until you reach the end of the warp. Leave a 36-inch tail at the end of the weft.

FINISHING

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 hemstitch around groups of 4 warp ends, until you get to the last 10 ends, at which point, finish with two groups of 5 ends.

Cut the fringe 1/2 an 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!

Reader Comments (17)

I've had some trouble weaving on my older rigid heddle loom because the bumps from the knots tying the warp to the front of the loom cause the weaving to shift around and it doesn't look straight any more. Any advice on how to cover the knots, make less intrusive knots, or just generally get rid of the disruption? I tried covering the knots with a towel to even things out and that worked to a degree, but I was wondering if there was anything better.

And, at least for now (9:47 a.m. on Sunday 5/5), the links for hemstitching and weaving tips seem to be incorrect.
May 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Bat
How long does it take to weave?
May 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Gavin
Gorgeous! What a great tool.
May 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia
Hi Kim,

It took me a bit less than half an hour to assemble the loom; a little less than two hours to warp the loom; and once I got the hang of it, 4 minutes for each inch of weaving. So all told, including winding the shuttle, correcting mistakes, munching almonds, changing the playlist, etc. I'd say it took from very start to very finish about 10-12 hours.

Thanks for asking!
Whitney
May 6, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Betty Bat,

The beginning knots did slightly distort a short section of my fabric, but once I washed the finished scarf those slight bumps totally disappeared. If you're having bigger problems than that, you might consider using a heavy weight paper between the first few layers as you advance the warp. I imagine this would solve the problem even better than a towel!

Thanks for your question!
Whitney
May 6, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Wow! Makes me want to learn to weave. Thanks for the excellent introduction.
May 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane
YESSSS!!! This makes me so excited; one of my resolutions for 2013 was to acquire a loom and learn to weave, and this little guy seems like the perfect way to get my feet wet before I go committing an entire room of my apartment to being a semipermanent Loom Room (not that that isn't my dream, it just feels like something to work up to). Thank you so much for this introduction/helping me tick another box on my list!
May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria
Thanks for the suggestion, Whitney. It was just something that I wasn't really expecting and it's always a little disappointing when you take something off the loom and it doesn't look like it did while you were making it!

Also, thanks for your blog. It's on my daily reading list.
May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Bat
Love this post - isn't the cricket loom remarkable? :) I don't have as much experience as you, Whitney, but from the few times I've woven with it, I've loved every second! It's great for scarves.
May 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeannie
So my new Cricket came last night! Hubby put it together this morning and I am weaving now. Making mistakes but loving every minute! Can't wait to get good. Thanks for the inspiration and keep it coming!
May 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTracyK
Thrilled that Purl is finally onto weaving! Thank you!
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
Wow, this is beautiful! I love the teak colour combination. Would you possibly be able to recommend a cheaper yarn to replace the bamboo?

Thank you.

Kira
September 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKira
HI Kira,

This is a great opportunity to try our Shop By Color feature (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/shop-by-color). It turns up a lot of options! A couple of good ones might be Cascade's Ultra Pima in Teal (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/7117-Cascade-Yarns-Ultra-Pima) or Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino Light in Nassau Blue (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/7957-Madelinetosh-Tosh-Merino-Light).

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

Whitney
September 19, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! I've been looking at your weaving projects for awhile now and I absolutely love them! The only problem is that the 15in Cricket Loom seems to be out of stock. Do you know when you might be getting more? I would love to get one but whenever I look the only onle available is the 10in.

Thank you,
Trista
November 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrista
Hi Trista-

Please drop a line to customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com and they can let you know when we're expecting the looms. They can also email you when they come back in stock if you like.

Thanks!

Molly
November 27, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am a totally new beginner to weaving. Some dear friends rented me a 10" Cricket for a couple if weeks to see if I will like it as much as I think. Thinking ahead, should I decide to purchase, would you recommend the 10" or 15" Cricket? It seems you may be a bit more restricted with the 10"

Thank you
Mary
March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary
HI Mary,

I would recommend the 15-inch Cricket Loom, because, as you suggest, it does offer more versatility. Both looms can make very narrow things, but the 15-inch loom can make things up to about 14 inches wide, whereas the 10-inch can only make things up to about 9 inches wide.

People may prefer the 10-inch loom if they have very little space and/or would rather spend a bit less money.

I hope this helps you decide and that you have a lot of fun with your Cricket! Thanks for your great question!

Whitney
March 10, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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