FO Friday: Plaid Scarf

a plaid scarf in white browns and pink hangs over a wooden railing

Draft: None, repeat worked out with plaidmaker.com

Yarn: The Green Line 3/8 by JaggerSpun in Alabaster, Caramel, Cinnamon, and Melon

EPI: 10

Size: 7″ x 76″

Ravelry Link: here

Started: April 18, 2020

Completed: May 1, 2020

a plaid scarf in white, browns and pink laying on weather wooden planks

I made cloth! I have wanted to weave for a long time, and even took a class on it a year ago at DFW Fiber Fest. As soon as I sat down to weave I felt a connection to the ancient art of making cloth and the generations who have done so before me, in a way that I don’t feel about spinning or knitting or sewing. When quarantine hit I decided to go for it and invest in a rigid heddle loom, something that fits into both my budget and my household. This plaid scarf is my first weaving project on my new loom and I am so very pleased with it.

a plaid scarf in white, browns and pink laying on weather wooden planks

One thing I struggled with on this project was keeping an even number of PPI aka picks her inch, or how close together my weft threads are. You can see it in the above picture and the first one – the color blocks are much longer at one end of the scarf than the other. I was trying to match visually, but learned that method can be unreliable when done under tension. For my next project I will try to match based on my untensioned work.

a plaid scarf in white browns and pink hangs over a wooden railing, billowing out in a breeze

Overall I am so pleased with how easy it was to make this project. I was able to get an idea in my mind and turn it into cloth in just a couple weeks. For my next project I am torn between dishcloths (truly, my long-term weaving dream) or fabric to sew a simple top for myself. I am currently leaning towards the latter, thinking I will raid my leftovers and make a Saori-style scrappy fabric.

Next week I’ll share a bit about the resources I used to become a weaver. I definitely could not have done it without help! Have you taken up a new quarantine craft? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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