Hello everyone! I'm part of a group of twelve creative bloggers who have joined together for a 12 Month Christmas Blog Hop where one of us will be making a fabulous Christmas gift for you to re-create each month! Imagine, make one handmade gift a month for 2016 and by christmastime you'll really be ahead of your holiday gift making! How cool is that!
This past January, Millie of 2Crochet Hooks kicked off the Handmade Christmas Blog Hop with a cool No-Sew Fleece Blanket! And Pili @My Sweet Things created an awesome Merry Christmas Sign using scrap wood table legs, for the month of February. March is my month to share a handmade gift giving project with you. Mine is: A neck scarf made by weaving yarn on cardboard.
I must first apologize to all those talented enough to be able to knit or crochet. I can do neither. My creative and artistic late mother-in-law tried her best to teach me but I just couldn't pick up the techniques. Fortunately, I did manage to acquire the love of crafting from this wonderful lady, for which I am forever grateful.
Weaving yarn using cardboard is pretty much like using the cardboard as a loom, to "knit" a neck scarf.
To make one, you just need cardboard, ruler, scissors, and a skein of yarn I would not recommend using thick yarn for this because the weave gets very, heavy and too bulky for your neck. Believe me, I had to learn this the hard way.
1. Take a piece of cardboard (I started with cardboard from a box and switched to posterboard for better stability) 38 1/2 inches long ( this is the length of the posterboard I had) and five inches wide. (38 1/2" x 5") But you can make it any length you want. Mark 1 1/4" wide and 2" inch long lines and cut the lines into segments. Each segment should be 1 1/4" wide.
5. Loosely loop yarn in front of and back of all the segments over to the end of the right side.
6. Wrap around the last segment and continue weaving back to the left side and then the right side, back and forth, for a total of four times.
There should be two loops in the front of each segment.
9. As you are weaving, push all the loops down so the loops won't accidently come off of the segments - you should see one loop on each segment.
13. Starting with the segment on the right side, pull the bottom loop up and over and let it go. Place the remaining loop on the segment to the left. Repeat pulling bottom loop up and over and let go.
14. Repeat this until reaching the left side end.
15. Pull the yarn through the last loop, cut with scissors and pull it tight. Tie both ends together. *If you see any loops sticking out, just stretch the whole piece by pulling on it.
I love wrapping this around my neck! It's so fuzzy and warm and looks super chic!
Be sure to check out Stella @ Purfylle this April for her eye catching handmade Christmas gift!