I admit it. When I think of yarn, I think of knitting. Now I used to work in a yarn store and currently for a yarn company - so I should know that when it comes to yarn, there are more things than just knitting. There’s crochet (of course), tatting and macramé. But today I want to touch on weaving.
Woven Scarves is a new book by Jane Patrick and Stephanie Flynn Sokolov. It features some amazing scarves and shawls.
The Chunky Check is made from one of our most popular yarns – Chalet. Using a traditional weaving pattern and 2 colors, this scarf weaves up quickly thanks to the bulky yarn. Because Chalet is a chainette yarn, it is extremely soft and makes scrumptious fabric.
Although we would like to believe that spring is just around the corner, you may still need a winter scarf. The Log cabin Scarf is a great choice. In this scarf, the designers used 2 colors of Blackthorn and a pattern that looks like squares that are shifted to make a block tile feeling. They accented the scarf with a twisted fringe using both colors to give it an added flair.
Scarfs are so popular today as fashion accessories and not just cold weather accessories. A great example of that is the Posh Plum Scarf. The loom is set with Pirouette and Soft Linen as the warping yarns and Pirouette as the shuttle yarn. It is woven very loosely to give it lots of drape. I can see owning a bunch of these in different colors – maybe one for each day of the week!
Another great scarf that would be fabulous to throw on over an outfit is the Eyelet Scarf. Full disclosure – I am in a Silky Alpaca Lace phase of my knitting, so I am even more biased towards this shawl. Because it is made from Silky Alpaca Lace and Pirouette, the shawl is extremely light and airy. The weaving is pulled to make ‘holes’ in it to give it a lace feeling. Once off the loom, the scarf is lightly fulled (or as we knitters like to say felted) to give it a little more structure. Randomly placed beads and pearls in the fringe give it an added touch of sophistication.
One of things that I love about this book is how clear and easy the directions look. I know about warp and weft…but they also explain things like shuttles, WPI, reeds, ends and picks. And they give a little glimpse into how the projects would look if you changed one or two things. That is awesome for someone who is just starting out!
There are some really amazing projects in this book that have me thinking about weaving and all the different things that I can do with my stash. Not to mention all the yarn in our warehouse…
Photos courtesy of Interweave Press, Joe Hancock, photographer.