I love a good scarf to drape around my neck. Something that keeps me warm and fuzzy and is cute to boot.
I just made this to add to my scarf collection...
It was inspired from this scarf I found at Ruche (ps LOVE that site). Since I don't knit, I immediately started brainstorming how I could make myself one.
Then I found this long sweater cardigan worn when I was prego with Littlest Man. I did a little dance, literally. I realized right away this would be the perfect thing to make into a dreamy braided scarf.
there might be more projects coming from this sweater too
After picking up some coordinating yarn to make the delightful pom-poms for the ends, I went to work.
Just in case you have a long sweater hanging about, I am going to give you that basics on how to make it.
Cut 6 strips from your sweater. 4" wide and the longest you can possibly get. I got about 35 inches per strip.
Make your self some floofy pom-poms. Here is a link when I made them for a party hat, to make big ol' poms, wrap the yarn around your palm instead of two fingers.
Pair up your sweater strips. Giving you 3 pairs. With right sides facing sew one edge together, giving you a really long strip.
Repeat for the other pairs. Next fold each strip in half, lengthwise with like sides facing. Sew up the edge. Turn out. This will give you three long sweater tubes.
Starting at one end, pin three strips together wide and flattish (totally a word) and start braiding. Not too tight, you want it to be chunky. Sorry no specific picture for this. Don't ask me where it went, tis a mystery...oh that is right I didn't take a picture. Oops.
In order to fasten your poms to the bottom of each side of your scarf, there needs to be a couple strands of yarn that stick out.
I simply threaded a larger needle with yarn and looped the yarn through the middle.
I pinned the poms in place, folding the longer strings in between the flat ends of the bottoms of the braids.
At first I tried machine sewing them in place...BIG mistake, at least for my sissy machine. Your Popeye of a machine may be able to do it.
I ended up hand sewing them in place. In order for them to be REALLY secure, I hand sewed the entire bottom edge closed, back and forth several times. This seam is hard to see so don't worry about being perfect, just get the poms snuggly in there.
Then you have an absolutely de-lightful scarf that just might make your hubby say,
"You made that?"
"Why yes sir I really did."
Linking these places:
Friday Link Party: Creation Corner
Fun Friday Finds: Kojo Designs
Pity Party: 30 days
Show and Share: Just a Girl
I'm Crafty Party: SYTYC
Make it Wear it: The Train to Crazy
Handmade Gifts: At Second Street
Show and Tell Saturdays: Be Different, Act Normal
Weekend Wrap Up: Tatertots and Jello
Making Mondays Marvelous: C.R.A.F.T