I have been gifted a small stash of Knit Picks Palette Yarn. I was initially not excited by this because I am not a fan of Knit Picks’ Wool of the Andes line – I find it a bit scratchy. But the palette yarn doesn’t seem to have the same scratchy properties the worsted WotA line has.
Honestly, I have been holding on to this yarn for a month or two while I figure out what to do with it. It was initially purchased to use for stripey socks, but at 100% wool, I don’t think socks is the best use for it. I thinks sock yarn holds up so much better when there is a little nylon in the blend. And I don’t want to do a huge fingering weight knit project.
Then I stumbled across this project by Yarnvista:
And I am in love. Her project is absolutely gorgeous. I don’t have quite enough colors to run the whole spectrum but I can make a pretty little rainbow weaving. She went on to weave a whole queen size throw blanket, which I love but am not ready to take on a project that big yet. What I love even more is that Yarn Vista made her project on a rigid heddle loom, so I am not trying to recreate a complicated 4 shaft project with a rigid heddle loom. We are using the same tools.
So for now, 6 colors: Lingonberry Heather (red), Masala (orange), Turmeric (yellow), Verdant Heather (green), Marine Heather (blue), Indigo Heather (purple). The actual yarns are a bit more autumnal and jewel toned than the pictures show.
The palette yarn is 24 wraps per inch. A balanced weave would put us at a 12 ends per inch and a 12 dent heddle.
I want a wide scarf where the squares really stand out and using 6 colors 3″ stripes would make this an 18″ wide scarf, which is way to wide. However 2″ wide stripes gives me a much more manageable 12″ wide scarf.
12″ wide x 12 = 144 ends = 24 ends per color
I’m not quite sure how long I’d like it to be. Currently I’m thinking 70″ long before fringe.
70+12 (loom waste) = 82″ warp.
82 x 24=1,968 inches = 55 yards – So warping each color will take about 55 yards, leaving me with 176 yards per skein to do the weft with.
176 x 6 = 1056 yds. This seems like enough.
12″ x 24 = 288= 8 yards. Assuming each weft stripe takes about 24 rows to equal 2″, then each weft stripe will take about 8 yards. (this could be faulty. it could take 48 picks to get to 2 inches, so this would be doubled to 16 yards. I shouldn’t do weaving math before coffee).
176/8=22 – each skein with 176 yards remaining on it after warping has 22 8-yard sections; Even if my math is off, I can repeat the rainbow 11 times before I run out of yarn.
70/2=35 – a 70″ scarf has 35 2″-sections. 35/6=5.8 so I will repeat the rainbow almost 6 times before I run out of warp.
Ok. Now, after having done the math I am more inspired to do this project than I was when I started this post.