Winter is definitely upon us and there’s no better time to break out your comfiest coziest scarves! It might also be a good time to whip up some new ones and thanks to a fun and unique gift swap idea from the minds of Sew Caroline and Sew Bon I’m doing just that! The swap is closed now but you can read all about it here and keep an eye out to participate next year.
Let’s jump right in and take a peek at what I came up with. I was originally leaning towards an infinity scarf because, let’s be honest, they’re super easy and with all the knits available it’s just so tempting to poke them out again and again. I like to challenge myself though and use the opportunity to whip up a quick tutorial and really who needs yet another infinity scarf how-to? So instead I found inspiration in a knit scarf I bought years ago at a sheep show. The simplicity of its shape and lack of bulk are easily its best qualities. I love a big giant scarf like the next girl but they can seriously get in the way of life. Nice cowl, too bad I can’t see my feet. So behold… the bow scarf!
I used a soft sweater knit for the inside and the loop, and then some kind of wool blend herringbone in a cool teal for the outside. You could get really fancy with faux furs on the inside and all kinds of cool prints on the outside. The possibilities are really endless but just keep in mind the weight of the fabric because if its too flimsy (like a jersey) the scarf won’t stand up or keep its shape well.
The scarf took me less than 2 hours to stitch up and very little fabric so as soon as you get one done I promise you’ll be poking them out for everyone you know. Don’t forget to share photos of your finished scarves with me on Instagram @LucyBlaire!
The pattern pieces fit on 1/4 yd but if you’re buying fabric, buy a little extra to account for shrinkage if you prewash it, pattern matching, and the always present human error.
- 1/4 yd main fabric
- 1/4 yd contrast fabric
- Bow Scarf templates (click here to download and remember to print out at the exact size and with no scaling)
1. Cut out 2 body pieces (one from each fabric), 2 end caps (one from each fabric), and 2 rectangles from the contrast fabric.
2. Pin the two end cap pieces together, right sides facing, and stitch around with a 3/8″ seam leaving the flat bottom of the tab open. Trim off the point at the tip of the end cap and clip notches into the 90° corners on either side of the tab.
3. Flip the end cap right side out, press flat, and top stitch around 1/8″ from the edge. Set aside.
4. Repeat steps #2 and #3 with the body pieces. Pin (right sides facing), stitch with 3/8″ seam, leave flat edge of tab open, clip corners and tip, flip right side out, press, stitch around, set aside.
5. Fold one of the rectangles in half, right sides facing, so the short ends are matched up. Stitch down the short sides with a 3/8″ seam to create a loop. Finger press the seam open. Repeat with the other rectangle. (The rectangles are doubled over so there are no unfinished seams. If you’re using a bulky fabric adjust the size of the rectangle so the fabric isn’t doubled over but instead has small seams on the sides.)
6. Fold the rectangles right side out and press so the seams run down the center of one side. The sides with the seams are now considered the “wrong” sides of the rectangles.
7. Place one rectangle on the tab of the end cap with the right side (the side without the seam) facing down and touching the end cap. Next, place the second rectangle underneath the tab with the right side touching the end cap. The end cap tab is now sandwiched between the two rectangles and each rectangles “wrong” side is facing out. Stitch across all 3 layers even with where the tab and the end cap meet (about a 1/2″ seam).
8. Trim the seam down to 1/4″ and flip the rectangles up so the wrong sides are now facing eachother. Stitch across 3/8″ away from the seam so the raw edge is encased in the seam.
9. Repeat steps #7 and #8 in order to attach the remaining raw edges of the rectangles to the scarf body. (This part is very tricky and does require a lot of manipulation of the fabric. The thicker the fabric, the more difficult this will be. If things are slipping try baste stitching one rectangle in place before placing the second.)