Make a Scarf using The Butterfly Loom
You will require:
2 x 80g bags Merino Wool
50m Decorative Yarn (approx. 1 x 50g ball)
The Rectangle Butterfly Loom™
Large Eye Darning or Tapestry Needle (included with Rectangle Butterfly Loom™)
Step 1: Split and separate the Merino Wool into 4 equal parts for the entire length of the wool. Cut 11 metres from the decorative yarn. When the length of merino runs out tie the start of the next length to it in a firm knot.
Step 2: Tighten the screws on the Butterfly Loom ™ and make sure the two latches are securely in place on the reverse of the loom.
Step 3: To feature the textured decorative yarn, keep it closest to the wooden loom and the merino wool on the top. Using sticky tape secure the merino wool and decorative yarn on the reverse side of the loom.
Step 4: Begin wrapping the wool and yarn together at the same time from point 1 across front to point 2, behind back to point 3, across the front to point 4, behind back to point 5, across the front to point 6, behind back to point 7, across the front to point 8 lengthwise on the loom. (refer to diagram)
Step 5: Holding wool and yarn at point 8, rotate the loom 90 degrees to the left and loop wool and yarn to point 9. Continue wrapping wool and yarn together from points 9 to 44 on the narrow width of the loom.
Step 6: Holding wool and yarn at point 44, rotate the loom 90 degrees to the left and loop wool and yarn to point 7. Continue wrapping wool and yarn together from points 7 to 2 lengthwise on the loom.
Step 7: Holding wool and yarn at point 2, rotate the loom 90 degrees to the left and loop wool and yarn to point 43. Continue wrapping wool and yarn together from points 43 to 10 on the narrow width of the loom. Peel off sticky tape and tie the starting and finishing ends of the wool and yarn together securely in a knot on the front of the loom so knot isn’t on a loop.
Step 8: Now that all points have a loop you are ready to commence the knotting process. At each intersection of the wrapped yarn 2 knots are to be made so an X forms across the intersection on the front of the scarf piece. Cut a 5.25m piece of decorative yarn, thread it through the needle.
Step 9: Starting at point 1, slip the needle under all layers of wool and yarn, pull the needle through and tie a knot to secure in place. Slip needle diagonally under the knot you have just made and all layers of wool and yarn, pull needle through and just before all the yarn is through, leave a loop. Put needle back through the loop and pull into a tight knot. You will have completed an X.
Step 10: Continue knotting each intersection down the row vertically, move across one row and go up knotting each intersection to the top then move across one row and knot each intersection down the row. Continue knotting in a snaking/ladder motion until you reach the last intersection.
Step 11: Turn the loom over to the reverse side, release the two latches, fold loom in half and gently push each loop off the points.
Step 12: Complete another two scarf piece sections using the loom by following steps 1 to 11. This will make three pieces in total.
Step 13: To join the three scarf sections together cut a 1m length of decorative yarn and thread needle. For a feature you can have the loops on the front of the scarf or have them on the back for a smooth finish on the front. Place pieces right side together (smooth), holding the loops on the left side in your left hand, flip open and sew together from knot to knot.
Step 14: Cut 20 x 20cm length pieces of the decorative yarn. Thread two pieces together through each of the five end loops and tie in a knot, this will make the fringing. Repeat for the other end of the scarf. Your scarf is now ready to wear.