I reside in the Southern Hemisphere and since winter is literally around the corner I decided to make a neckwarmer. I used my couch as a loom
Basically I pinned the wool to the couch and then loosely wove it together
I used 2 different types of wool.
It was fun to do, and seeing that it's almost winter here in the Southern Hemisphere - I'll definitely be making some more!TUTORIAL:You will need:
- 2 balls of fluffy/fibrous wool (50gr and 20gr) in different colours/textures
- 6.5mm crochet needle
- tapestry needle
- 2 buttons
For the neckwarmer in the picture, I chained wool (no. 4) and weaved it together with wool (no. 2)What to do:
1. Using the crochet needle, use chain stitch until you have 'chained' all the wool (50gr ball). Basically we are making the wool thicker.
2. Next, using the pins, set up a make-shift loom. I used my couch, but a bed would work too
Place 6 pins on the one end, and 6 pins on the other end. The distance between the 2 sets of pin will be the length of the neckwarmer. Add more pins if you want a wider neckwarmer.
3. Lift the first pin and pin the beginning tail of the wool. Now take the wool and loop it around the pins. Pin the end tail under the last pin. You should now have something that looks like this:
A close-up of one end:
4. Next unroll about 4m of the 25gr ball of wall. Using a tapestry needle or even a pen, start weaving up and under each strand of wool on the loom. Be sure to leave about a 45-60cm tail. Don't pull the weaving strand too tightly. Continue weaving until the whole piece is done. I leave a 1cm gap between each weaving strand. You might have to join the weaving strand if your initial strand isn't long enough.
5. End off by making sure that your loom wool is secure. I wrap the weaving strand around each individual loom strand. Do what you have to so that it doesn't unravel. Do the same at the opposite end using the 45-60cm yarn tail. Remove the pins.
6. Sew 2 buttons to the side of the neckwarmer. Because the weft isn't tight, buttonholes aren't needed.