How to weave a log cabin scarf

There's a pattern for a log cabin runner in an old issue of Ashford's Wheel magazine and this is my adaptation using (DK) yarn to make a scarf instead.The threading for this scarf can be tricky, but follow the directions and take it slowly, one step at a time.

What you'll need...

Warping...

You want a warp length of about 80ins. I like the direct warping method using a warping peg as it so quick and easy. I used a width of 12" - a total of 90 holes and slots. Tie colour A on the back warp stick and pull it through the slot to the warp peg (2 ends) and repeat with colour B. Continue alternating the colours until you have 5 double ends of colour A and 4 double ends of colour B (18 ends total). Tie this group of ends in a choke and repeat the whole process starting with colour A another 4 times so that you have 5 groups and 90 ends in total.

Threading...

Wind on and start threading the first group of 18 ends. This bit can be a little tricky because you are having to alter the sequence of the colours so just follow the instructions - it will become clear! I took each group separately, one by one and cut through, removed the choke and threaded each in turn. Thread the first 5 eyes with colour A and the first 4 slots with colour B. Thread the next 4 eyes with colour B and the next 5 slots with colour A. Repeat for each group. You'll see that when colour A is on top, colour B is on the bottom and vice versa.



Weaving...

Weave one pick of colour A and the second pick in colour B. Continue alternating until you have woven a block of 5 picks of colour A and 4 picks of colour B. Start the second block with colour A and carry on alternating colours with each block having 5 rows of colour A and 4 of colour B. You can keep the edges neat by passing the yarn being used for the next pick under the yarn you have just used. I prefer hem-stitching to knots at the top and bottom of my scarf and find it is easiest to do this under tension so before I wind the work on for the first time, I do the hem. I hem-stitch at the other end before I remove the work.

Finishing...

Wash in warm soapy water and rinse (I used a little Fibre Rinse). Lie flat until almost dry and then press with a steam iron. Tidy up the fringe if necessary and wear or gift with pride! Come and see my houndstooth scarf in-store at FibreHut Evesham.

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