We received a big box of Jaggerspun, Organic Green Line yarn on luscious 50 g skeins a couple weeks ago. All of us around the Lunatic world were brimming with ideas of what to do with this lovely yarn and what colors we would we weave first. The race to the loom was on!
Happily, Sydney had just finished with the Seashore version of the Seaside towels on a Cricket loom, and was ready to do some colorful weaving. We found a pattern for a scarf by browsing through Pintrest and Google images. We found a scarf that we liked, and called it “Inspiration Scarf”. In the “Inspiration Scarf” the simplicity of the three colors, with yellow and black as the two main colors and one accent color makes it an attractive and timeless scarf, and we thought it would work well on the Cricket Loom.
Sydney picked 3 colors of wool (Starry Sky, Dark Lilac and Pebble)…this was no easy task with all the colors that are available! Starry Sky and Dark Lilac would be the main colors (replace the yellow and black in the “Inspiration Scarf”) and Pebble would be the accent color (to replace the white in the “Inspiration scarf”). She used one 50 g skein each of the colors.
After picking the colors we introduced Sydney to the magic of weaving software. We have Weaveit Pro on our shop computers, and it is so much fun to play with colors and the pattern before you actually get to the loom. It saves all kinds of trouble with calculating ends and planning how the repeats are going to be arranged with the colors. We started with the Warp Floats in groups of 3 pattern out of Jane Patrick’s book: The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom. Here is the draft that we created to go with this scarf.
Once the plan was made: Sydney was off to the warping peg. This was her third warp on the Cricket Loom, and she was able to warp it all by herself. And even took pictures as it was going on! Just remember like any knitting yarn, it is stretchy, so when you are measuring your warp, don’t pull too tightly or you will stretch the yarn. We sett the scarf at 8 epi, 83 ends at just over 10″ wide on the loom.
On the rigid heddle loom using a pickup stick to get the extra patterning:
Pickup Pattern: 3 up, 1 down
STEP 1. Down.
STEP 2. Up and pick-up stick.
STEP 3. Down.
STEP 4. Up and pick-up stick.
STEP 5. Down.
STEP 6. Up and pick-up stick.
STEP 7. Down.
STEP 8. Up.
Repeat these 8 steps for whole cowl, weaving at about 8 ppi. Changing Colors of weft yarn to please your tastes. Sydney started with Starry Sky, then used the Dark Lilac interspersed with a bit of Pebble to make an accent.
The pattern was fun to weave. To make a cowl, it only takes 30″ of weaving. Sydney put on enough warp for two cowls. Always have an extra to give to a friend! After weaving one cowl, there isn’t enough of the Starry Sky and Dark Lilac to make the same cowl: the second cowl has to have more of the Pebble in it. Otherwise, you would need two skeins of your favorite color to complete both cowls.
To make the cowl…Leave fringe at both ends and hemstitch to hold the weft yarns in place before you take the fabric off the loom. Then cut off the loom, wash the fabric (gently in warm water with gentle agitation and hang to dry), sew the two ends together, twist the fringe, and smile…Sydney has a new cowl!
The cowl is super soft and snuggly. (Note the smile on Sydney’s face!) The merino wool in the Green Line yarn is really soft and wonderful.