It starts with just 2 skeins of sock yarn.
(75% sw Merino\ 25% nylon – not necessarily important, but something somewhat strong works best, because the warp is under the most stress)
Direct warp on a 15″ rigid heddle loom.
Weft yarn same as warp.
Heddle up shuttle to the left, beat, heddle down shuttle to the right, beat, repeat.
(I keep my up = left & down = right consistent, that way I never undo what I just did :)
Miles and miles of tidy edge plain tabby weaving. The trick to straight selvages, stay obsessed with weft tension.
(This can be tricky with sock yarn, that dang nylon not only adds strength, but also adds stretch, bounce and recoil, if you pull it too taunt, it can suck in and pucker the edge.
I also don’t over beat between passes, just a light kiss, leaving a little more open weave now will result it a more supple scarf later, it will pull in on itself (recoil) once it’s cut off the loom. Alternatively over beat if you want something more dense/stiff in the end.)
Hot soapy soak and a little friction, to aid in the bloom. (rosewood scent)
Blocked flat, trimmed fringe.
A smidge longer than my usual 100″ and a bit mellower than I expected.
..completely in love..
When I was designing this scarf I really wanted something naturally simple that would build up softly in layers, something lovely that would help a beginner gain confidence while making,
but I also wanted it to be something expertly crafted and intricately clean, something that a more experienced maker would appreciate.
The finish leaves straight edges on all sides, ready to wear and beautifully minimal on its own,
but at the same time is the perfect surface for adding on a bold contrast or delicate lace edging. I didn’t want to overwhelm and fill the pattern with endless options, so I left it at two widths and a solid foundation with room for your creative variations. 💕
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Pattern: Driftless Scarf
(We live on the edge of the Minnesota River Valley known as the Driftless Area, surrounded by steep bluffs, where underground streams have carved out hidden caves and created natural cold springs. As a kid I would dig up kaolin clay in my backyard, look for fossils in the drift and occasionally find a bit of shale or mica for my pocket. I have always loved living in a place where some of the landscape was blurred smooth by glacial retreat and some was not, giving me the joy of having expansive fields of flat midwestern prairie to run through, mixed with high peaks and deep limestone valleys to marvel at.)
This scarf is a little bit that simple complexity 💕