Growing up in the fields of Iowa, springtime was always the most exciting time of year. The snowy white landscape melts away and spring wildflowers begin to bloom. Pops of all shades of lavender and gold let us know that spring is officially taking hold!
My woven Field Scarf celebrates not only the coming of the new season, but also the arrival of Purl Soho’s new Linen Quill. Its subtle beauty and straight-from-nature palette perfectly reflect the transition from endless winter plains to fields of color.
We wove our scarf on Schacht Spindle Co’s amazing rigid-heddle Cricket Loom, a table-top loom about the size of a record player. It only takes a few hours to learn how to use the Cricket Loom and only a little longer to weave a beautiful scarf like this!
Pick up all the yarn you need with our Field Scarf Bundle, and weave your very own Field Scarf to keep you comfy as we transition into spring and to remind yourself that warmer times are on their way! -Kelly
Get all the yarn you need with our Field Scarf Bundle. It includes…
- 8 skeins of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen
- Main Color (MC): 2 skeins of Pale Oats
- Weft Color A: 1 skein of Turmeric Yellow
- Weft Color B: 1 skein of Rose Granite
- Weft Color C: 1 skein of Lavender Opal
- Weft Color D: 1 skein of Oatmeal Gray
- Warp Color A: 1 skein of Kettle Black
- Warp Color B: 1 skein of Salt + Pepper
Note: This is enough yarn for exactly 4 Field Scarves, if you alter the colors positioning for each scarf.
You’ll also need…
Warp Length: 110 inches (includes 16 inches of loom waste)
Warp Ends: 162
Width in Reed: 12 5/8 inches
Ends Per Inch (E.P.I.): 12 3/4
Pick Per Inch (P.P.I): 12
Finished Dimensions, Unblocked: 12 1/2 inches x 94 inches long with a ½ inch-fringe
Finished Dimensions, Blocked: 12 1/4 inches wide x 92 inches long with a 1/2-inch fringe
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.
Warp the Loom
Set up the warping peg 110 inches from the front of the loom, which is at the front edge of the table.
With a 12-dent reed in place and using Warp Color A (Kettle Black), begin threading the heddle by pulling the first loop of yarn through the 5th slat from the right end of the reed.
Working from right to left, pull Warp Color A through the next 26 slats so there are 54 threads total.
Cut Warp Color A at the back apron rod and tie to Warp Color B (Salt + Pepper) so that the knot is on or fairly close to the apron rod. Pull Warp Color B through the next 27 slats.
Cut Warp Color B at the back apron rod and tie to Main Color (MC, Pale Oats) so that the knot is on or fairly close to the apron rod. Pull MC through the next 27 slats, ending on the slat 5th from the left side of the reed.
Tie MC to the back apron rod.
You should have 162 warp threads (54 of each color). Finish the warp according to the Cricket Loom instructions, transferring one strand from each slot to the hole to the right.
Wind one shuttle with about 25 yards of Weft Color A (Turmeric Yellow) and one with 25 yards of Weft Color B (Rose Granite).
Weave roughly one inch using scrap yarn (or MC) until the warp threads are evenly spread out.
Leaving about a 36-inch tail (which you will use at the end for finishing), weave with Weft Color A for 1 inch (12 rows). Lightly beat each row twice.
Change to Weft Color B and weave for 1 inch.
Empty both shuttles and wind one with 25 yards of Weft Color C (Lavender Opal) and the other with 25 yards of Weft Color D (Oatmeal Gray).
With Weft Color C, weave for 1 inch.
Change to Weft Color D and weave for one inch.
Empty shuttles and fill one or both with MC.
Weave in plain weave until approximately 13 inches of warp remain.
Empty both shuttles and wind one with 25 yards of Weft Color D and the other with 25 yards of Weft Color C.
With Weft Color D, weave for 1 inch.
Change to Weft Color C and weave for 1 inch.
Empty both shuttles and wind one with 25 yards of Weft Color B and the other with 25 yards of Weft Color A.
With Weft Color B, weave for one inch.
Change to Weft Color A and weave for 1 inch, leaving a 36-inch tail for finishing.
For a complete how-to on this step, visit our Finishing with Hemstitch Tutorial.
Use the 36-inch tails to finish each end of the scarf with a hemstitch. Make the hemstitch around groups of 4 warp ends until you reach the last 10 ends of a color. Finish with two groups of 5 ends. Repeat for each of the 3 weft colors.
Cut the fringe 1/2 inch from the end of the weaving.
Weave in the hemstitch tails and gently hand wash your finished scarf in cold water, laying it flat to dry.
Enjoy your Field Scarf!