This is one of those projects that you can start and stop until you finally, finally, get the danged thing finished. It takes a several hours to do the knitting on the scarf part.
I do actually like to have something to do when I am sitting on the couch watching TV. Otherwise, I feel so unproductive. I could be doing something. Relaxing is not doing something.
Yes, I know, I have a problem.
Okay, so this is a SUPER CUTE loomed knitted, and then sewed up with leather, infinity scarf.
The loom I used is the green long loom by Knifty Knitter. Here is a You Tube tutorial I found on how to do a scarf on it. I actually used the end pegs, too, but this tutorial is the basic method (I also had to turn off the sound…not a fan of the music). This loom gives you a nice, warm, plush scarf.
I used a little less than two skeins of yarn on the scarf part. I just checked out how long I thought I wanted it, knowing it would be about an inch or so longer once I got the leather snapped ends on it. Mine ended up at about 32″ long.
Once the scarf is done and off the loom, you need to cut two pieces of a soft leather that are 15″ long x 4″ wide. This was a soft lambskin that I thought needed a little extra durability, so I added some fabric backed iron-on interfacing to the backside of the leather (use a press cloth when ironing on leather).
I sewed the leather to the knitted end, right sides together. You really need to go slow when sewing them together to make sure it is even, and that you catch the knitted part. I also used lots of clover clips for this part, but you can also just use paper clips or even small binder clips.
Then, I made the mistake of ironing it flat. I had it on the nice acrylic yarn a bit too much, and it flattened and melted it a little bit. So…if you iron it make sure you just do it on the edge to get it flattened and not on the yarn part. I turned the edge under on the other side of the leather and topstitched it down the sides and along the edge. This left the sides raw.
Next, I added the lovely gold snaps from Tandy Leather that are a complete PITA to use. I don’t know why I keep buying these, so I need to go get some other ones from Joann’s. I mean…they are nice quality, but they are seriously hard to pound down and you have to be careful to not bend their extra long shafts. I’d rather use the cheaper ones from Joann’s on something like this. It would take me half the time to put them on, and less curse words.
But…turned out cute!
(Oh yeah, and I cut off and donated 10 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths for wigs for cancer patients. My third donation!)