Blending This and That Scarves
As much as I love bold colors and sparkly yarns, there are times when I want to weave something more subdued. Neutral palettes go with just about everything and never go out of style. Pattie Graver’s Blending This and That scarves from the January/February 2019 issue of Handwoven were inspired by a desire to weave a more masculine-looking scarf, but, as I think you’ll agree, these subtle and sophisticated scarves would look good on pretty much anyone.
Designer Pattie Graver’s Statement
Sometimes when I return from the grocery store and unload my purchases, I’m met with a groan and an utterance of “Girl food.” My husband, Don, wishes I would buy more “guy food” (a.k.a. junk food). One day, that got me thinking about how I usually exclude the masculine in my weaving. So, with a little of Don’s advice regarding colors, look, and feel, I set out to weave a scarf that, hopefully, appeals to the more masculine among us.
One of my favorite aspects of weaving is how you can achieve a different look by mixing, matching, and blending elements such as threading and treadling, colors, and fibers. With that in mind, I used a 4-shaft advancing-twill draft and wove it as color-and-weave using a random combination of the Colrain Lace colors Chocolate and Coffee, alternating with Natural in the warp. In other words, I wound off the 2 dark colors together but followed no particular order in the reed other than 1 dark end, 1 light end. For the weft, I alternated between Chocolate and Natural. I wove a second scarf on the same threading but used only Chocolate and Coffee in the warp and only Natural for my weft and got yet another look.
Colrain Lace yarn is a 50/50 blend of merino wool and Tencel. The yarn is easy to work with, and I found it to be remarkably tangle-free. I did have a bit of abrasion on my selvedges, which I solved by reinforcing them with Fray Check and weighting them with 3-inch S-hooks over the back
beam. I used a temple to help minimize draw-in.
I thought a shorter fringe would have a more masculine look, so I left only 6 inches of unwoven warp on each end before twisting. If, after wet-finishing, the yarn below the fringe knot becomes frizzy, trim it for a neater appearance.
Project at a Glance
PROJECT TYPE: 8-shaft.
STRUCTURE: Deflected Doubleweave.
EQUIPMENT: 4-shaft loom, 10″ weaving width; 10-dent reed; 2 shuttles and 2 bobbins (if you’re weaving the scarf with only 1 color in the weft, you’ll only need 1 shuttle and bobbin).
YARNS: Colrain Lace (50% merino/50% Tencel; 2,800 yd/lb; Valley Yarns; WEBS).
Featured Image: Pattie Graver’s Blending This and That Scarf woven with all three colors in both warp and weft.