Man Scarf: A Random Pattern

This handwoven man scarf is just so lovely! The concept of the pattern is to be random while respecting some rules. The whole effect comes from the mix of darker colors and hints of bright colors. It was woven on my rigid heddle loom.

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This project was for my partner who loves yellow and green. Still, I did not want to make the whole scarf yellow and green because I felt like it would have been too colorful. This is why I added some grey and some black yarn in the warp. Those darker tones helped making the scarf more masculine. I wanted a splash of color, so I only put a few threads of yellow and green. The rest of the warp was a random sequence of black and grey as I will explain later. I used solely the grey yarn in the weft. This also helped tone down the brightness of the yellow and green yarn.  

For this project I warped fine acrylic yarn. The exact size was 4 threads of 24/2 yarn twisted together. The grey yarn is actually finer: 2 threads of 24/2. So, I doubled it while warping to make it the same size as the rest. I did not double it in the weft.

I used my 12.5 heddle and I warped a width of about 13” (33 cm). I also warped for a length of about 92” (2.30m). Once off the loom and wet finished, the scarf was about 6 feet long (1.80m).

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The aim of this pattern was to be a regulated randomness! I did not want a structured pattern, but I also didn’t want just anything. This is why I made up some rules to follow while warping this man scarf.

Rule #1

Never more than 1 loop at a time of the green and yellow yarn (which means only 2 threads). This is because we don’t want to have too much bright colors.

Rule #2

Never more than 3 loops in a row of grey and black yarn (which means 6 threads). This is because we don’t want thick stripes of color. We want the colors to blend all together

Rule #3

Have fun with it!

I don’t have anything to add there, except that weaving is so much fun!

If you want to follow the exact same pattern that I made, here it is:

The Pattern

The pattern is from right to left, starting with the black threads on the right and finishing with grey threads on the left. It’s counted in number of threads of each color:

random pattern

4 black, 2 green, 2 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 4 black, 2 green, 4 black, 4 grey, 2 yellow, 2 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 4 black, 4 grey, 2 black, 2 yellow, 6 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 4 black, 2 green, 4 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 6 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 green, 2 grey, 2 yellow, 4 black, 2 grey, 6 black, 2 green, 2 black, 2 grey, 2 black, 2 grey, 4 black, 6 grey, 2 black, 4 grey, 2 green, 2 yellow, 6 black, 2 grey, 6 black, 2 yellow, 2 grey, 4 black, 2 green, 4 black, 6 grey

Here’s the final project. Isn’t nice? This man scarf is simple lovely with this random pattern. It’s very simple, but sometimes, the simplest things work the best!

man scarf

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7 thoughts on “Man Scarf: A Random Pattern

  1. Rebecca U Karlin

    I really like your whole loom and I guess it’s not that hard to learn it. If you could give me an estimate on how much it be to have one just like yours, I appreciate it very much. I love your work, they are very nice. I’m from USA in Wisconsin. My email is [email protected].

    1. curlynyarny Post author

      Hi! Thank you very much. I have a 32 inch Ashford rigid heddle loom. For this size, they go for around $350 USD. You can buy one just like mine at The Woolery. Here’s their website (affiliate link): They come with all the accessories you need to start weaving your first project. You will notice that my loom doesn’t look exactly like the ones in the shop’s pictures. It’s because the Ashford looms come unfinished and I stained mine “dark walnut”. You don’t have to stain it, it’s really up to you. I hope it helped!

  2. John

    I am still having a struggle getting a warp accentuated weave. You seem to have that nailed – what yarn are you using for the weft?

    1. curlynyarny Post author

      Hi! I used High-Bulk acrylic yarn from Maurice Brassard for both warp and weft. For this project, the weft yarn is thinner than the warp yarn which helps showing the warp more. The warp size is 4 threads of 24/2 yarn twisted together and the weft is 2 threads of 24/2. I hope this helps you!


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