I had the interesting interlaced doubleweave scarf by Madelyn van der Hoogt on my "things I'd like to weave" list for some time.
I finished it today, and it was a fun quick project as promised! I'm not certain I completed it in 6 hours, as advertised, but it definitely was fast. I love the result and will be making more.
You can find this pattern as a free download in an ebook from Weaving Today at http://www.weavingtoday.com/handwoven-scarves/.
It is also available in the March-April 2009 issue of Handwoven magazine.
I used Jaggerspun Merino 2/18 (Laceweight) as Madelyn's pattern called for. I used colors Peacock and Teal. As Madelyn says, this yarn felts like a dream.
Here's a picture of the weaving on my new Macomber loom. It's a little alarming to weave with all those big wide open spaces!
One note that isn't mentioned in the pattern. After the first few sections, I decided not to worry about weaving in the ends as I started and ended sections. Just let them go. After fulling, it's easy to snip away all errant threads. The weaving goes really fast, especially when you don't have to weave in the ends.
|I used a wooden sword from my tapestry loom to space the sections. Perhaps it was a bit too thick, because I found I got the best results to weave two picks, then slip out the wooden separator, pulling tight the slack at the selvage and gently gently pressing the two picks into place. After that I could quickly weave the remaining 17 picks for the section.|
After removing from the loom, I divided the ends of each woven section and knotted close to the weaving. I twisted the ends on one side, and simply tied another overhand knot about an inch down on the other. Next time I make this scarf, I will not take the time to twist the fringe. I think it is advisable to knot it so the fringe will not felt against the scarf.
I followed the instructions by heating water to simmering, then placing the scarf down in the hot water for 4 minutes. I added the detergent to the pot, put a few inches of hot tap water in the sink then dumped the contents of the pot into the sink. After stirring with the wooden spoon, and eventually with my hands the scarf felted very easily.
Next I squeezed out the water and rinsed well. I used some lavendar ph balanced rinse especially for wool items. Then, after rolling in a towel, I snipped some loose threads, and also snipped off the fringes.
Here are a couple of pictures of the scarf after fulling.