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Winterizing scarves

December 13, 2015: Winterized my first crocheted scarf!  Finally!  A Dr Who scarf.  A dalek on one side, a Tardis on the other and fleece backing for extra warmth!
So, I have had a thought…and it has been bouncing around in my head for over a week now which suggests to me that it’s a good thought and should be acted on.
Many of you know that I make scarves, skull scarves specifically.  They are crocheted and whether I use large or small hooks, the one problem I find with traditional crochet is that it doesn’t create a solid fabric. Each stitch stands alone with a bit of space between it and the next stitch, which allows for air flow.
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Tunisian crochet or knit fabrics are denser but the nature of the skull scarf pattern is such that it requires traditional stitching, so one could argue that they aren’t as warm as they could be. (Especially around the actual skulls which are effectively big holes in the fabric!)
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In certain weather and during certain seasons this wouldn’t be a concern, but I live in Canada and in the middle of February you want a scarf that will block all manner of frigid air currents.
This brings me to my idea.
I’m going to try to winterize my scarves by adding a second layer, perhaps a layer of fleece, to them.
Sewing fabric to a crocheted piece is going to be challenging but I’m up for it! 🙂
Now I have to figure out the best way to attach two pieces of different fabric. Which stitch to use? Machine sew or hand sew?
If anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears!
December 13, 2015: Winterized my first crocheted scarf!  Finally!  A Dr Who scarf.  A dalek on one side, a Tardis on the other and fleece backing for extra warmth!

14 thoughts on “Winterizing scarves

  1. What about crocheting the second layer onto the first, like a border. Might work better with a loose weave cotton scarf.

    1. That’s an interesting idea 🙂 I’ll give it some thought!

      1. Opps, guess the first post went through… lol.

  2. How about crocheting a border like you do on a baby blanket, catching both layers at the same time.

    1. I read an article that suggested something similar. It said to poke holes in the fleece first and then crochet through them. A matching border might look nice.

  3. There are several options for stabilizing your crochet piece to make it ready for a sewing machine. There’s a water soluble potato starch product designed to be a baselayer for felted crafts. You could (if this is a wool yarn) attach the scarf to this using a felting needle at multiple points. I’d really stick it down well. Or pin down and then hand baste the scarf to a piece of tissue paper (right side up) so the wrong side will lay across your fabric
    By attaching the piece to a sturdy baselayer you then can easily see your piece to your backing fabric. If not using fleece I would be sure to finish your edges first so they don’t fray.
    If using the starch base be sure to place a top layer of tissue over your crocheted piece when stitching the final layers together. This will allow your sewing machine foot to travel with ease over the yarn and then can be ripped away.
    Those are my tips! Good luck and can’t wait to see the final project

    1. Thank you so much for the advice!

  4. […] couple of months ago, I wrote a post about wanting to winterize crocheted scarves.  Crochet tends to create a fairly open weave, especially if you’re using longer stitches […]

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  6. Regular crocheted stitches don’t need to have gaps between them – you can link them together to make a solid fabric – but holes in the skull motif I cannot help you with. It looks like your second layer is the way to go with that. That isn’t much different to the knitted scarves that are basically flattened tubes to keep the colourwork floats inside and out of harm’s way.
    I have just seen your Dr Who fleecy backing solution and it looks great. You have matched the colours and fabric pattern excellently.

    1. Thanks so much 🙂
      That’s in essence what I would like to do with the skull scarves. Although I think they would require a little creative sewing to attach the backing.

      1. Would you mind if I link back to your skull posts (including this one) from my blog? I have been discussing ‘spider stitch’ lace recently and I love your modern twist on that with the skull scarves.

        1. Of course! Please do 🙂

          1. Thank you right back! 🙂 I plan to publish either on Tuesday or Thursday at http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au
            Cheers,
            Jodie

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