With fall gently settling in, early morning walks with my puppy, Teddy, have called for an extra layer. Not quite ready for a jacket, I turned to my Cricket Loom for just the thing I need, a Morning Walk Wrap!
Cozy and toasty, our new Cashmere Merino Bloom falls with a beautiful, supple drape and glows against contrast sections of doubled Line Weight merino. We added these blocks of color using an interlocking weft technique, which ensures no gaps for chilly air to flow through.
With my Morning Walk Wrap, my sunrise strolls with Teddy are now comfy and toasty, and they also glow with the warmth and beauty of the sun that’s rising! -Kelly
- Main Color (MC): 5 skeins of Purl Soho’s Cashmere Merino Bloom, 75% extra fine merino wool and 25% cashmere
- Contrast Color (CC): 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Line Weight, 100% merino wool
- Schacht Spindle Co’s 15-inch Cricket Loom, which includes the 8-dent reed you’ll use
Plain Weave with Interlocking Weft
Warp Length: 96 inches (includes 16 inches of loom waste)
Warp Ends: 118
Width in Reed: 14.75 inches
Ends Per Inch (E.P.I.): 8
Finished Dimensions, Unblocked: 12 1/2 inches wide x 80 inches long, with a 2-inch fringe
Finished Dimensions, Blocked: 12 1/4 inches wide x 76 inches long, with a 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 96 inches from the back of the loom. Note that, at this point, the back of the loom is clamped to the far edge of the table and so is the side farther away from the warping peg.
With an 8-dent reed in place and using the MC (Cashmere Merino Bloom), begin threading the heddle by pulling the first loop of yarn through the first slat at the right end of the reed.
Working from right to left, pull the MC through all of the remaining slats (59 total).
Cut the MC and tie it to the back apron rod. You should have 118 warp threads.
Finish the warp according to the Cricket Loom instructions, transferring one strand from each slot to the hole to the right.
Wind one shuttle full of the MC.
Wind the other shuttle full of the CC, doubling this yarn as you wind. To do this hold 2 strands together, pulling from both the inside and outside of your ball as you wind your shuttle.
Weave roughly one inch using scrap yarn (or MC) until the warp threads are evenly spread out.
Begin your weaving with the reed in the up position, pass the MC shuttle through the shed from left to right, leaving a 36-inch tail (which you will use at the end for finishing). Continue to weave with the MC for 3 inches, lightly beating each row twice. End with a row where the reed is in the up position. Set down the MC shuttle on the right side of the loom.
Then, keeping the reed in the up position, pass the shuttle with the CC (Line Weight) under the shed, entering from the right. Pull the shuttle through, leaving just a 3-inch tail inside the shed. Lightly beat down and change the reed to the down position.
Place a mark on the top your reed 7 inches from its left end.
Interlock Row 1: With the reed down, insert the MC shuttle from the right side and exit the shed at the mark on your reed, coming up between two weft strands that are in the up position. Insert the CC shuttle from the left side and exit at the same opening between weft strands, coming up behind the MC. Lightly beat down this row.
Interlock Row 2: Twist the two yarns 180º clockwise around each other so that the CC is in front and heading left, and the MC is in back and heading right.
Interlock Row 2 (continued): Move the reed to the up position. Then, pass each shuttle, one at a time, under the adjacent weft strand and through the open shed, moving the CC back to the left and the MC back to the right. Lightly beat this row twice, and change the reed to the down position.
Repeat Interlock Rows 1 and 2 for seven inches, ending with Row 2: the reed in the down position, the MC to the right, and the CC to the left.
Pass the CC shuttle through the shed and cut the yarn, leaving a 3-inch tail inside the shed and removing the CC that is still attached to the shuttle. Beat lightly.
Continue to plain weave with the MC for 3 inches.
Repeat Interlock Rows 1 and 2, this time marking the reed 4 inches from its right end. Also, this time the colors are reversed. The CC begins on the right side and the MC on the left, both exiting at the 4-inch mark.
Continue Interlock Rows for 57 inches, ending with the MC on the left side and a 3-inch tail of CC at the right edge.
Continue to plain weave with the MC for 3 inches.
Repeat Interlock Rows 1 and 2, this time marking the reed 8 1/2 inches from its left end. The yarn is in same orientation as the first set of Interlocking Rows (the CC begins on the left side and the MC on the right).
Continue Interlock Rows for 1 inch, ending with the MC on the right side and a 3-inch tail of CC at the left edge.
Continue to plain weave with MC for 3 inches, leaving a 36-inch tail for finishing.
For a complete how-to on this step, visit our Finishing with Hemstitch Tutorial.
Make the hemstitch around groups of 4 warp ends until you reach the last 10 ends. Finish with two groups of 5 ends.
Cut the fringe 2 inches 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 Morning Walk Wrap!