Expert Madelyn van der Hoogt discusses how to determine scarf length when weaving a job for an additional perboy and also the types of fabric you need to use based upon the scarf's intent


Dear Madelyn,I gain weaving scarves yet I am confronted with this dilemma about length. I do not wear a scarf either for warmth or as an accessory so suffer doesn"t aid me. I can not guess if the wearer is going to wrap it once about her neck, tie it or leave it loose. I recognize tright here are several considerations; attribute, yarn, hand also and so on. but how to decide? I have looked at many type of jobs in Handwstove, and the size varies from 56 inches to 84. Is there some kind of guideline for scarf length? And just how carry out I decide the length of the fringe?

I would love your thoughts.

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Hi Sylvia!Tright here are a number of concerns concerned scarf length, but no actual rules. A "dominance of thumb" that I heard lengthy earlier is that a scarf should be as long as the perboy wearing it is tall. I"m reasoning that this measurement applies to a reasonably narrowhead scarf (6-9", say) that you put roughly your neck and also let hang. This dominion of thumb on scarf size provides that the ends of the scarf will certainly fall simply below your hips. (This would certainly be the sort of scarf that is a lightweight, decorative accessory, fairly than one intended to provide warmth.) If you averaged all the scarf projects in Handwoven (many of these would certainly loss right into the decorative accessory category), I bet the average width would be 8", the average scarf length around 65", and the average fringe size about 6".


Bulky-ish Scarf: Scarf length varies on the height of the perchild and also various other determinants.

However, these dimensions depend on exactly how you wear the scarf. If you want to develop a loop in one end of the scarf with which you put the other 2 ends to make a kind of larks" head knot around your neck, you can desire the scarf to be longer, relying on how much dvery own the front you desire the scarf"s ends to autumn.

Jennifer Moore"s variation of interweaving the ends of a scarf would certainly most likely occupational ideal with a scarf a little bit much longer than 65", additionally, aobtain relying on where you want the ends to fall at the front.

Scarves that are intended to carry out warmth are frequently bigger and bulkier. (It would be amazing to have actually a discussion with the topic of: When does a scarf end up being a shawl?) A wide scarf (10" or more), especially if wcooktop with thick yarns, would not occupational so well in loops or knots, but can be wound about the neck once for warmth. A long, wide scarf (say 12" by 70") could be worn about the neck or around the shoulders, therefore serving as a shawl. These would many most likely be wcooktop in wool (either fine wools or hefty wools), and also how they feel is as vital as exactly how they look. For wide scarves, propercentage matters a bit. You wouldn"t desire a really wide however brief scarf.

I took every one of the scarves I"ve wcooktop and also measured their lengths and widths. I don"t think I"ve ever had actually a preeminence I followed, but they are all about 8-10" wide, 60-65" lengthy, through 5-6" fringe. They are additionally all in lightweight yarns. The size of the fringe depends a little on the yarns you are twisting and the thickness of each fringe. In silks, I tfinish to twist the fringe to be around 6", and also the bouts are not exceptionally thick. In wools, via a thickish fringe (favor a pencil?), I favor exactly how they look if they are shorter. But I think these are all personal choices.

If you are weaving scarves for sale, you can not really know the individual preferences of the buyer, so in lightweight silks and cottons, I"d go for those average measurements.

I hope this helps!


Posted August 14, 2013. Updated August 28, 2017.

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