Interesting New to Me Scarf Type

Interesting New to Me Scarf Type

These last couple of weeks in the Wet Felt Makers group on Facebook people have been making in interesting and new to me type of scarf. It’s called a french scarf.

Arlene Toth shared it with the group and shared the youtube video.  It is part of a video from a fibre festival a year ago. The teacher is Elena Nayemova. The instructions start at 28:58 in the video. It is in Rusian. You can probably figure it out by just watching her make it but If you want to and you are on a computer not using the Youtube app you can use a translation future on Youtube. It’s nowhere near perfect but it helps. I will explain that at the bottom.

The scarf in the video is very lacy and mostly yarn, very decorative. I wanted something warmer so used much more wool. After seeing how small the ones using the dimensions from the video were turning out  I sorted out my own sizing that I thought would work and had a go. If you are petite then the smaller dimensions would probably work for you but I am Rubenesque so that isn’t going to work for me. I picked purple and orange, my go-to colours. I used orange and gold silk lap bits on one side and some yarns for decoration on the other.

You can wear it in different ways.


The part that goes behind the neck is a bit short I think and maybe the rectangular part too. I added some to both parts and had another go in red this time, using silk hankies and silk top


For this one, I used silk hankies on one side and silk top on the other. I like this one better. I pulled the piece through farther so it hangs down to wear it out. I am not much for big bows. If you want to fold it into a triangle and poke the corner though I wouldn’t add the extra length to the rectangle part. Here are different ways to wear it

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The other thing I realized while taking pictures is that you can give the large piece a twist in the loop so you have both sides showing

 I wanted a winter scarf inside my coat. It worked wonderfully even though it’s not really cold here yet. I hope you give it a try.

Translation on Youtube.  You have to be watching Youtube in a browser and not on the app for this to work. Rather than write it all out, I will give you the link to Pat Spark’s blog post about it, as she explained it very well.

18 thoughts on “Interesting New to Me Scarf Type

  1. I love the colors of your scarves. Pat Spark initially shared the video to show a cloud layout and I just jumped at it. I have made similar before, but not in this shape. I have also been looking at new ways to fasten scarves without brooches. It is nice to see all the variations that others are coming up with and they are so quick and easy to make.

    1. Thanks Arlene, Pat couldn’t remember and the earliest post we could in the group was yours. It’s an interesting scarf to work with. I didn’t watch the whole video so I didn’t see the cloud layout.

    2. I was the first to make and post them, true. The cloud layout is how they lay the wool on top of the yarns.

  2. Thank you very much for explaining this scarf type that is doing the rounds. It is a lovely thing and one that I hope to tackle one of these days. This post has certainly helped with that process. Thanks so much for your post.

    1. Happy to help, Carol. in the original video she incorporates the loop right in. I decided to wait and see how big I wanted the loop and sew it after.

  3. They’re both very pretty Ann – and more importantly they look like they’ll do a good job of keeping you warm!

    The definite yarn pattern on the first one shows up so well – the variegated yarn colours complement your favourite colour of wool.
    The silk and silk hanky one is more subtle but the pattern is just as striking.

    It’s a great pattern for a scarf – no more putting two tables together for length!

    1. Thanks Lyn. It’s a pretty fast layout. Someone on Facebook said they were going to try an triangle too. I ‘m glad you like the yarns, I wasn’t sure about the pattern.

    2. That was me too! I had already cut up a shawl to make two triangular neck warmers from a class I did with someone else. They were similar in process to the French scarves with yarns, but had more wool and as they were cobweb, holes were intentionally added. I prefer using less wool. My initial size was 170 x 70cm. I was thinking I would make two at the same time as I still have the outline drawn on my tablecloth and stitch the loop at the end with a button for decoration.

  4. Thanks Ann for the explanation as I have been too lazy to check out the original video. It has certainly been a popular idea. I guess you answered my questions in one of your replies. I was thinking that the “pan handle” portion should be made into a loop with felting and a resist but you said you sewed yours. Let us know how you like it after it gets cold. We have had a power outage for more than 48 hours here and it’s been really cold. I have been bundled up in the house just trying to keep from freezing.

    1. Your Welcome Ruth. I didn’t watch her do it all. I was interested in the shape and that was about it. Sewing the loop is just easier. you can figure out how big you want it. Power outages are a pain in the neck. We have an outdoor wood Boiler and a generator. It’s a lot of work though. Wool really shines when there is no heat. Glad you are back on now. we are due for 25 cm (10 inches) of snow tonight and tomorrow. it mild so it will be wet and heavy.

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