V-Cowl Woven On The Loom

In between looking for work, household chores, and making Christmas cake, I have managed to weave a few more scarves.  I wove two more Christmas scarves that will be given as presents.  Only two family members will be getting Christmas scarves this year, but I want to weave them all up for next year so I don’t have to think about it.  So you will be seeing them as I weave along.

DownloadsFor the scarf above, I used a chunky yarn by The Women’s Institute which is 70% acrylic and 30% wool for warp and the weft was all my merino mix handspun. I made this a plain tabby weave with no bobbles.  I left out some yarn ends for interest and to show off the twist in the handspun.  I wasn’t going to twist the fringe as the warp is quite chunky, but after washing I found it was necessary as the ends started to unravel.  I love how the black really makes the colors pop.  I wove this with a 5 dent reed on the 16″ SampleIt.

DownloadsI love the look of the white warp against the bright colors.  I find this makes the scarf look quite Scandinavian.  I made this similar to a previous one I made that is now for sale.  This time, I used a DK superwash merino wool warp that I had in my stash for dyeing to avoid shrinkage.  I only made bobbles on the Christmas yarn blend sections.  I also used some red, white and green mohair as well as my handspun.  The green and red mohair is a boucle sold by World of Wool and the white mohair came from the charity shop.  I warped this on a 7.5 dent reed.

I may have mentioned that I had found the West Yorkshire Spinner’s Aire Valley DK yarn not as soft as I would have liked.  What may not be as soft to me may not feel the same to someone else.  I have particularly sensitive skin and until I discovered the joys of merino wool, I have only worn cashmere or cotton jumpers.  Although the WYS yarn has lovely colors, I don’t expect to be purchasing any more soon.  I still had one skein left in bright greens and wondered whether I should use it somehow or give it away.  I then came across a blog post for making a v-cowl with WYS yarn while looking for something else.  Funny how that happens.

The blog post specifies using the Color Lab skeins.  I think the Color Lab is a new name for the Aire Valley yarn as they are the same DK weight and composition.  As I only had one skein of the green, I decided to use a cream DK acrylic for the warp.  I also thought the acrylic would make the scarf softer to the touch.  I do make v-cowls with my handspun yarn as below, but I don’t tend to weave them in one piece if I use a commercial warp as that would not be consistent with the rest of the scarf – and would look kind of daft.

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Here is the scarf I made on the loom in one piece below.Downloads-002I warped the loom with a 7.5 dent reed according to the directions in the blog post to create vertical stripes.  The WYS yarn is self striping and I used that for my weft.  You can see how that looks in the photo above.  I really like the green.  The white looks quite white, but is actually cream as the white in the green blend is more of a cream color and is why I used a cream warp.  Although I warped up the loom as per the instructions, I didn’t get the finished length they said, so if I were to weave another scarf in this method, I would warp it a bit longer.  However, saying that, you can twist the scarf to fit it around your neck without choking yourself.  I started this scarf after lunch and was completely finished by 9pm.  I worked on it all afternoon as the weather was really bad.  Weaving a scarf like this in one piece is not difficult, but it is a bit time consuming when you are weaving the ends in,  There is a knack to making the scarf taught to weave the ends in.  As you can see, there are different ways of wearing this scarf.

I am really happy with how this scarf turned out and I don’t find it uncomfortable to wear.  I might make some more this way, but only if I am using commercial yarns.  You can also see the difference between using the commercial yarn which is much thinner than my handspun yarn and therefore makes a lighter scarf which is perfect for wearing from the autumn through to the spring.  My scarves made with handspun are basically two season scarves and more suitable for quite chilly weather.  It hasn’t been cold enough here to wear my handspun woven scarves, but I would be quite happy to wear this v-cowl to take the chill off.  I shall be adding this to my items for sale.

2 thoughts on “V-Cowl Woven On The Loom

    1. Thank you! The nice thing about weaving is that I can do a bit in the evenings while watching TV, and there is always the weekend! 🙂

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