Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Scarves! Scarves! Scarves! and a DIY Sequin scarf.

In case you can't tell by the title I adore Scarves. They're just the perfect completer for an outfit when it's cold outside.  I'm wearing one today, a gauzy sheer scarf that I polka dotted with metallic fabric paint. It's probably the last wear of the year I'll get out of this particular scarf. Then it'll have to be packed away in favor of my warmer winter, woolen type scarves. It's hard not to feel schnuggly with a big warm soft scarf wrapped around you when it's freezing cold outside. And in my opinion the bigger and thicker knit the better. Especially if it has some sparkle to it.

Obviously you can knit these your self if you know how to knit, and if you don't and are looking to learn a scarf is a great starter project. Personally I learned to knit from a book called Stitch and Bitch, and a scarf was my first project. There are some other great how-to books out there and Patons which is a yarn company has some great books. I just recently learned to knit socks from a Patons book.

If you decide to learn to knit make sure you start with a yarn you love the feel of, and that's easy to work with, not one of the shaggy yarns because  those are a bit harder to use.

I'm kinda lazy though so I like to buy my scarves. Currently I'm on the look out for a thick knit scarves like these:

None of those are exactly what I'm looking for but they give you the idea of the feel that I'm looking for out of a scarf. I want that big bulky schnuggly feeling. That's not saying I wouldn't knit myself a scarf, if I were to say find a great pattern and a yarn I absolutely loved. Knitting scarves is one of my favorite winter projects.

I think the best part about scarves is how easy they are to wear, they aren't just functional anymore, depending on the fabric and weight and style of the scarf you really can have any sort of outfit you want. Just because I personally love thick knit infinity scarves, doesn't mean you won't be just as cute in your oblong cashmere scarf. It's all about how you style it.

Infinity scarves are kind of thoughtless about how to wear them, you just toss it on and loop twice maybe with an extra twist for a bit of design, and you're done. Oblong/Rectangle or Square scarves if you prefer, offer you tons of different options when it come to tying them on. You can do the traditional fold in half and use the loop to secure the loose ends, or you can fold it in half, put one of the loose ends through then twist your loop and put the other loose end through the twisted hole. It looks like you spent all this time tying a cute knot when really it only took you a few seconds. There are some great online tutorials for tying your scarves

If you want a sparkly scarf you can obviously buy them made that way, but they're often way to expensive for just the cost of adding a few sequins to some yarn. So why not do it yourself.
  • Grab a scarf you already have, or pick one up on the cheap. This will work best with large knit scarf, but you can easily use any scarf you want. 
  • Next you'll need some sequins. You can pick them up in a mix, or silver and gold, or in the exact same color of your scarf for a more subtle sparkle. 
  • Then you need a thread in the same color as your scarf. This doesn't have to match your sequins because the thread won't be that noticeable since you'll only go through the sequin once, maybe twice, depending on if you want them loose and dangling or secured down flat. But if it doesn't match your scarf the knots or stitches inbetween your sequins, depending on how you do it will show on the other side of your scarf. 
  • A needle, because how else are you going to sew them on.

Now depending on what kind of scarf you're using you'll plan out how to place the sequins on differently. If you're using a thick knit type scarf you'll probably want to spread them out all over the whole scarf. If you're using a different kind of fabric scarf you may want to stretch it out and create a little design on either end of the scarf or sprinkle them all over the whole scarf.

Once you've got your design set up start sewing them on. It's up to you if you want to sew them on both sides or just one side. I recommend you do both because the scarf will twist as you put it on, but if you want it to be more subtle then one side is probably best.

Bonus if you know how to knit, or are learning they sell yarn with sequins already woven in it. You can knit this up into any scarf pattern, and it'll be super cute.