Fiber Balance Scarf
Moments of unexpected beauty often happen at the intersections, where one path crosses another: work and play, old and new, head and heart… Or in the case of our Fiber Balance Scarf: color and texture, style and craft, warp and weft!
This simply woven scarf brings two of our favorite yarns into beautiful balance: The warp is hand-dyed Posy, and the weft is two different colors of perfectly tousled Tussock mohair-silk.
And it all comes together in a plain weave, whipped up on Schacht Spindle Co’s totally awesome tabletop Cricket Loom.
We’ve used this incredible fibers to create the sunshine-y Pollen palette shown here, as well as five other gorgeous color combos (see below)… All in balance with each other and the colors we love!
Designed for Purl Soho by Carrie Laing.
To weave your own Fiber Balance Scarf, you will need…
- Warp Yarn: 4 skeins of Purl Soho’s Posy, 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, and 10% nylon (Please Note: This project originally used the 100-gram version of Posy and has been updated to reflect the new 50-gram skein weights of Posy!) (NOTE: We no longer offer Posy, but choose from one of our other fingering weight yarns.)
- Weft Yarn A: 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Tussock, 60% super fine kid mohair and 40% silk
- Weft Yarn B: 2 skeins of Tussock
You will also need…..
- Schacht Spindle Co’s 15-inch Cricket Loom
- Schacht Spindle Co’s 15-inch, 10-dent Cricket Reed
For our sample we used the Pollen palette of the Fiber Balance Scarf, shown above. It includes…
Warp Yarn: Posy in Sour Gooseberry; Weft Yarn A: Tussock in Lightning Yellow; Weft Yarn B: Tussock in Yellow Mimosa
Choose also from the following color combos…
Warp Yarn: Posy in Pink Papaya; Weft Yarn A: Tussock in Pink Joy; Weft Yarn B: Tussock in Squash Blossom
Warp Yarn: Posy in Maple Wood; Weft Yarn A: Tussock in Orange Pekoe; Weft Yarn B: Tussock in Wild Guava
Warp Yarn: Posy in Black Cherry; Weft Yarn A: Tussock in Ripe Boysenberry; Weft Yarn B: Tussock in Anjou Pear
Warp Yarn: Posy in Teal Twilight; Weft Yarn A: Tussock in Balsam Green; Weft Yarn B: Tussock in Bright Verdigris
Warp Yarn: Posy in Weathervane Gray; Weft Yarn A: Tussock in Gray Quartz; Weft Yarn B: Tussock in Silver Needle
USING THE CRICKET LOOM
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 Length: 96 inches (includes 12 inches of loom waste on both ends)
Warp Ends: 150
Width in Reed: 14.75 inches
Ends Per Inch (E.P.I): 10, on the loom
Picks Per Inch (P.P.I): 16, on the loom
Unblocked Dimensions: 13½ inches wide x 70 inches long, not including fringe
Blocked Dimensions: 14 inches wide x 70½ inches long, not including fringe, (74½ inches long with fringe)
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.
Tie the Warp Yarn onto the back apron bar.
With a 10-dent reed in place and using the Warp Yarn, begin threading the heddle by pulling the first loop of yarn through the second slat from the right end of the reed.
Working from right to left, thread the next 74 slats, so there are 75 slats threaded in total.
Cut the Warp Yarn and tie it to the back apron rod.
Finish the warp according to the Cricket Loom instructions, transferring one strand from each slot to the hole to the right of it. You should have 150 warp ends in total.
Tie the warp onto the front apron bar in groups of 6.
Holding a strand of Weft Yarn A and Weft Yarn B together, wind both shuttles full.
Leaving a 36-inch tail at the beginning, weave for 72 inches, beating lightly. Wind more yarn on to the shuttles as needed. Leave a 36-inch tail at the end.
NOTE: 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 6 warp ends across the width of the scarf.
Weave in the hemstitch tails.
Cut the fringe ½ inch from the end of the weaving and block as desired.