Twill Experiments

My very first weaving project was a twill sampler woven with heavy worsted wool and mohair knitting yarn on a table loom.  I used a dark purple color for the warp and gold for the weft.  The fabric was a bit bulky, but it had nice drape and I've been enamored with twill ever since.  

This year, the weave structures group in my guild is studying block structures, which provided me with the impetus to sample a two-block twill.  For this project, I used Knit Picks Palette in Fairy Tale, Mauve, Regal, and Hyacinth for the warp and Marble Heather for the weft (12 epi, 15 ppi)  These yarns were from my knitting stash and were surprisingly easy to weave.  I utilized the Fibonacci sequence when creating my plan for alternating between blocks A and B (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, etc.) in the warp and varied the colors in the warp with the blocks using a revolving sequence (1 2 3 4, 2 3 4 1, 3 4 1 2 and so on).  I wove two repeats of block A and then two repeats of block B throughout, ending with block A for balance.

 A draft of the scarf pattern from my weaving software.

A draft of the scarf pattern from my weaving software.

After weaving, I twisted the fringe and then washed the scarf in the gentle cycle (cold water) with a couple of towels and then tumbled in the dryer until damp.  I then pressed the fabric with a hot iron.  The wash and dry fulled the fabric slightly.  The hand of the finished fabric is lovely and I look forward to wearing this scarf during the cooler winter months.

 The finished scarf after blocking.

The finished scarf after blocking.

Posted on September 6, 2018 .