When I was approached by Brown Sheep Company to review their new yarn Synchrony, a cotton/wool blend, I immediately jumped on the opportunity.
Synchrony is a 60%/40% cotton/wool blend that comes in 9 marled colors. While the singles aren't dyed separately to create the marl effect, the way that cotton and wool take up dye differently create the marl look.
I loved working with this yarn, and with the spring coming ever closer, the cotton/wool blend was just the right weight. The wool keeps the scarf lightweight, however the cotton gives that smooth, moisture wicking feeling. Being a wool-sensitive person, I took pleasure in the fact that I could wear this close to my skin without feeling itchy. To learn how to weave this technique, keep reading below!
I've been exploring weaving a lot more in 2018, and I plan on keeping that focus throughout the year. For this project, I knew I was dealing with a highly colorful yarn, and didn't need to do any fancy weave structures. I also didn't want to do a plain-weave only project.
I decided on revisiting a technique that I had tried when I first started weaving, crocheting up the gap of a spaced warp scarf.
Equipment: Schacht 15" Cricket Loom, 8-dent reed, US size N crochet hook.
Yarn: 1.5 skeins (315 yards) of Brown Sheep Synchrony in the Soiree colorway
Warp length: 80"
The warp will be a total of 8" wide, with a 2" gap in the middle.
Warp 3" in the reed, skip 2", then warp another 3".
Weave the whole scarf in plain-weave hemstitching at the beginning and end.
Remove the work from the loom. With a large crochet hook, slip stitch 3 threads at a time until you reach the mid-point of the scarf. Use another hook to keep that loop "live" as you do the same from the other end of the scarf. Slip stitch the loops together and then tie them together using a scrap piece of yarn, weaving in any ends. Tie knots in the fringe and clip short.
Wash and hang to dry.
Note: I did get some color bleeding when I washed this yarn with Eucalan, however I expected it since blue is a major color in this colorway. The resulting fabric was still color fast and didn't fade at all.