How to Weave a Scarf: 7 Handwoven Scarf Pattern

How to Weave a Scarf: 6 Creative Free Weaving Projects

Handwoven scarves are always a favorite among weavers. Whether you’re looking to learn a new technique, weave a special gift, or create a great wardrobe accent, weaving a scarf is always a fun and gratifying project! And you can weave a gorgeous scarf on even the most simple of looms.

Weaving Today is dedicating these 6 beautiful handwoven scarves, collected in a free eBook, to all weavers looking for projects they can weave and wear. All of the scarves are woven on either a rigid-heddle loom or a 4-shaft loom.

Weaving a scarf is the perfect project for a new weaver. It’s also a fun way for more experienced weavers to discover new techniques or simply work through a quick project they will be able to show off. Follow these woven scarf patterns, experiment with a variety of yarns and colors, and brush up on creative plain weave, waffle weave, basketweave, and more.

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How to Weave a Scarf: 6 Free Handwoven Scarf Patterns
Learn how to weave a scarf with these free scarf weaving patterns.

What’s inside?

If you’re looking to get into weaving, or if you’re just looking for some new scarf projects to weave, the projects in Weaving Today’s new free eBook will whet your weaving appetite. These projects are compiled from Handwoven magazines, Interweave books, and beyond, bringing you the very best of scarf-weaving.

Each of these scarves goes beyond the ordinary, without the need for more than four shafts. Some of the projects even allow you to give your rigid-heddle loom some love. Use pony beads to weave leno lace, master basketweave, and even learn to create unusual effects by spacing your warp threads!

With scarves from inspiring weavers like Liz Gipson and Madelyn van der Hoogt, you’re sure to find a project that catches your eye!

Use these projects as a baseline for your own experimentation, and who knows what you’ll create!

Weave a scarf with knitting yarn!

How to Weave with Sock Yarn

Serendipity by Joan Sheridan

Weaving a scarf with sock yarn designed for knitters is a boon for weavers. Available in a wide variety of styles, colors, and blends, it is inexpensive hard-wearing yarn, perfect for weaving scarves. This hand woven scarf is made with a singles variegated sock yarn and a hand painted mohair bouclé. It blends texture and color beautifully, and you only need one skein or ball of each yarn.

This rigid-heddle scarf pattern will teach you to weave waffle weave on a rigid-heddle loom.

Waffle Weave Scarf Pattern

Shetland Scarf by Joe Sullins

This handwoven scarf is a beautiful waffle weave pattern, easy and quick to create on a rigid-heddle loom. Weave structures like the one used in this woven scarf pattern are created by using a smooth flat pick-up stick to pick up certain warp threads and create patterning. Once the scarf is wet finished, it transforms into a lofty garment that is as much fun to wear as it is to weave!

Weaving a scarf gives you lots of room to experiment, even if all you have is a 4-shaft loom.

Free Scarf Weaving Pattern

Big Bumps by Madelyn van der Hoogt

You can create exciting effects just by weaving together two fibers that react differently to wet-finishing. Learn how to weave wool and cotton together and how to best predict the shrinking/fulling of your fabrics to get the results you want. Follow Madelyn’s instructions on how to achieve nicely rounded circles and square squares in this modern and unique woven scarf pattern.

Weaving a scarf on a rigid-heddle loom still offers tons of design possibilities.

Two Free Basketweave Scarf Patterns

Basketweave Scarves by Liz Gipson

Basketweave is a useful structure for the rigid-heddle loom. Fine threads doubled or tripled in both the warp and weft create lighter-than-air fabrics with beautiful drape. Liz walks you through the process of weaving scarves using basketweave, from start to finish, for a fine and beautiful end result! You’ll also learn how to wind a warp with doubled threads—a useful skill for any weaver.

Many of these scarves are four shaft weaving patterns.

How to Weave and Felt a Scarf

Felted Lace Scarf by Madelyn van der Hoogt

This hand woven scarf is pure fun! It’s quick and easy plain weave, woven with only one shuttle. Every other inch in both the warp and the weft is an empty space. During wet-finishing, the soft, loosely woven merino wool fulls to a felted texture producing two independent but interlocking woven grids of small plain-weave sections. No one will believe this is a 4-shaft project, much less that it’s plain weave!

Learn how to weave leno lace with this 4-shaft weaving project.

How to Weave a Scarf with Leno Lace

Warped and Twisted Scarves by Ramona Abernathy-Paine

Leno (pronounced lee-no) is a lace weave created by twisting warp ends around each other and holding the twist with a weft end. This interesting woven lace scarf project uses beads, but not the way you think. All you need is a four-shaft loom and 20 pony beads, available at craft stores, and this tutorial to walk you through the “bead leno” technique! Once you master the basics, you’ll be ready to design and experiment with leno yourself.

Whatever kind of scarf you’ll be using your loom for, you’ll find this resource helpful.

Along with your free tutorial, you will also receive a free membership to our online Weaving Today community!

Weaving a scarf is a great way to master new weaving techniques and use knitting yarn in weaving.