Winter DI-Why Not?: Braided Scarf
When the weather is poop, you spend a lot of time inside. Twiddling your thumbs. Online shopping. Eating cheese straight off the block. Crafting random stuff you find on Pinterest.
I am borderline craft-disabled, as in: huge amount
s of enthusiasm and much less ability. Do I let this hold me back? HELLS no. Ages ago I “pinned” a picture of a sweet-as braided scarf, which I would include but Pinterest’s server has been down most of the day. Cools.
I really wanted to make that awesome braided scarf so, having taken a cursory look at the picture, I got to work.
You will need:
- jersey-like fabric – needs a bit of stretch in it. I bought mine as a fabric remnant for $8.90 and got
1.7m by 1m.
- very sharp scissors.
- an inflated sense of optimism.
Step one: cut strips out of your fabric. I did two braids – the first one used strips about 3″ wide and the second one used strips about 5″ wide. It didn’t actually make a huge difference to the outcome.
Plait that sucker! I used tiny strips of my fabric to tie the three ends together and then plaited. Because my strips were 1.7m long, this stage was a bit annoying because my fabric got tangled but it still didn’t take me long. Using a multi-hued fabric made it look even cooler.
Once you have at least two long plaits, cut the remainder of your fabric into two long, wide pieces. One should be wider than the other. You will also need to retain about 5 or six pieces that are about 1-2″ wide.
Drape the big pieces around your neck like a scarf (surprise) and knot the corners at the back of your neck to “fix” the length in place. You might need to trim the length of your fabric a bit to make it fit your height etc. Because I am fun-size, I was able to get each piece to go around twice, so I ended up with four loops. This created a good amount of bulk.
Next, take your braided pieces and do the same sort of thing. Fiddle with the length and once you have it right, take a piece of leftover fabric about 1″ wide and use it to lash together the two end
bits of braid to the right length, like this:
Trim off the excess bits of braid. I actually lashed my two braids together into one Mighty Braid and so I ended up being able to get it around in three loops.
By this point, you’ve basically completed your scarf, but obviously it’s still in various bits and isn’t one cohesive thing. All I did was take another 1″ strip and tie together all the elements in the back of my neck (with the knot underneath so it would lie on my skin). This is the cheap and dirty no-sew approach but it looks totally okay. If you wanted, you could actually sew your large flat planes into a proper infinity loop (by just sewing the ends together to form a circle) and then layer the braids over, but I didn’t have sewing facilities and this way was much faster.
You’ll end up with a pretty boss finished product:
Your Mum will be really proud of you. Mine was.
If you make the braided scarf, send us a picture!