Rigid Heddle Weaving: Scarf Adventures at Schacht

On Sunday, I had the good fortune to practice my rigid heddle weaving. I went to Schacht Spindle Company HQ in Boulder for a scarf weaving class with both Jane Patrick and Stephanie Flynn-Sokolov, co-authors of the new book Woven Scarves: 26 Inspired Designs for the Rigid Heddle Loom.I’ve really loved my new 15-inch Cricket rigid heddle loom, and this was such a great chance to learn from the experts!

Woven Scarves 26 inspired designs for the rigid heddle loom

We learned to warp in pattern – which is much easier than I thought it would be! The pattern tells you exactly how many strands of each color to put on, and then exactly what to do next.  I’ve been intimidated by weaving patterns, but am slowly learning the lingo.  If I can read a knitting pattern, I can learn to read weaving patterns, right?

rigid heddle weavingHere’s a view of my scarf – yellow bamboo, pink wool, yellow mohair with two strands of glittery gold on the edges.  My weaving is a bit uneven, but I’m really happy with how my selvages are looking!  I’m getting better and better with every scarf.

After my scarf is off the loom, I’m supposed to hand-felt the center wool strip, and the whole thing becomes like a big ruffle.  The bamboo softens up and plumps up — the sample from Jane and Stephanie’s book was so gorgeous – I’ll be happy if mine finished up even remotely as well.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Here are some of the other colorways of our class scarves.  Jane’s is on the right, and Stephanie’s is on top.

Rigid heddle scarf colorways

Here’s Stephanie working on her scarf, with projects from the book behind her:

Stephanie Flynn-Sokolov

Look at all of the fun things that can be done on the rigid heddle loom.  I was sitting facing Stephanie, and looking at the scarves behind her. Every few minutes, I had a new favorite! Stephanie and Jane are amazing teachers! We had a great time.

 

Lima One Skein Hat pattern and kit now available


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In addition to the Mother – Daughter Cocoon Cowls Pattern that was published yesterday, I also have a new hat pattern! This is the Lima One Skein Hat.  It uses just one skein (120 yards) of Rowan Lima.  You can also find the hat kitted up, with the pattern AND yarn on Craftsy for just $14.25, which is 25% off the normal retail of $19.00.

Click any of the photos below (Or click here) to find out more about the kit.

Click here to learn more about the pattern.

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 I often find myself with just one skein of something really scrumptious, wondering what to do with it.  It’s easy with sock yarn – you knit a pair of socks or a small shawlette.  Same with lace yarn – you knit a shawl.  BUT what do you do with ONE skein of fantastic worsted yarn?

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I always WANT to knit a hat– but am never sure if there’s enough!  SO I sat down and wrote up a pattern that uses JUST ONE SKEIN.   Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 2.48.47 PM

In these pictures, my hat is more fitted, but you can totally block it to be slouchier if you want to.
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Sizing / Finished Measurements

  • Size: OSFA
  • Finished Measurements: 20″ circumference

Supplies - Rowan Lima

  • Yarn Included: 1 Skein Rowan Lima Yarn (samples shown in Bolivia and Andes)
  • Fiber Content: 84% Baby Alpaca, 8% Merino Wool, 8% Nylon
  • Weight/Yardage: 50 g / 120 yds
  • Knitting Weight: 4-Worsted
  • Care Instructions: Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Other Supplies Needed:
    • US size 5 and US size 7 DPNs
    • Darning needle
    • Stitch markers

Pattern - Lima Hat

  • Designed By: Stefanie Japel
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Basic Skills Needed: Knitting, purling, reading a pattern, knitting in the round
  • Gauge: 4 sts = 1″ on US 7 (4.5 mm) needle in Stockinette stitch
  • Pattern Delivery: This is a PDF downloadable pattern. Pattern will be available in your Craftsy Pattern Library once you complete your purchase.

 

 

 

 

New Mother – Daughter Cocoon Cowls Kit

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I designed this little cowl set using Rowan Cocoon, a scrumptious Merino / Mohair blend.  (The smaller cowl looks great on adults, too!)

The yarn is super soft, easy to work with, and soooo squishy!

Craftsy is offering the yarn and the pattern as a kit for just $24.15, which is 62% off the retail price of $63.00! What a great deal!  You can click on any of the photos in this post to go right to the Craftsy ordering page.  OR you can find the pattern separately here.

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Sizing / Finished Measurements

  • Adult / Large: Aprox. 34″circumference, 13″ tall
  • Child / Small: Aprox. 23″ circumference, 10″ tall

Pattern - Mother/Daughter Cocoon Cowls

  • Designed By: Stefanie Japel
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Basic Skills Needed: Knitting, purling, reading a pattern
  • Gauge: 3.5 sts = 1″ on US 10.5 needle in pattern stitch
  • Pattern Delivery: This is a PDF downloadable pattern. Pattern will be available in your Craftsy Pattern Library once you complete your purchase.

Supplies - Rowan Cocoon

  • Yarn Included: 3 Skeins Rowan Cocoon, color of your choice (sample shown in Polar)
  • Fiber Content: 80% Merino Wool, 20% Kid Mohair
  • Weight/Yardage: 100 g / 126 yds
  • Knitting Weight: 5-Chunky
  • Care Instructions: Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Other Supplies Needed:
    • US size 10.5 16″ circular needle
    • Darning needle
    • Stitch markers