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Dec 06

Weathered Brick “Log Cabin” Scarf – Benjamin Krudwig


As an office, we decided that we would love to use Jane and Stephanie’s book, Woven Scarves, as inspiration for our next projects. This book has a wealth of ideas and stunning photos–plenty of ideas to choose from. Each of us thumbed through our copy of the book and chose a scarf that we found personally inspiring. Of course, Denise and I aren’t happy doing just one challenge, we decided that we should also weave our scarves with yarn we spun during Spinzilla.

The author modeling his weathered brick log cabin scarf

I have always been drawn to very graphic patterns. Bold colors and high contrast are immediate attention-getters for me. I love color-and-weave patterns because, though they look like a complex deal, once you get past the threading, it’s all plain weave from there. This is what drew me to the Log Cabin scarf in the book. I knew at that moment that I would do my own log cabin scarf. Because the yarn I chose to use was variegated, I knew that my finished piece wouldn’t be a traditional looking log cabin pattern. This made me even more excited to warp and weave my scarf!

Two skeins of yarn, one in reds, oranges, and browns,  the other in deep blues and turquoise

My hand dyed and handspun yarn in the colors “Ghost Ranch” on the left and “New England Tide” on the right

I chose a color scheme based on a photo that I took while my wife and I were on a trip to Boston. This inspiration came from a side alley on my way to a coffee shop. The weathered brick was stunning in the cold February light, a contrast of cool and warm.

A photo of weathered brick on the side of a building in Boston, Massachusetts

Exposed bricks in a Boston alley inspired this color scheme lending to the truth, that inspiration can be found anywhere!

A close up begins to reveal the log cabin pattern.

A close up begins to reveal the log cabin pattern.

I warped up my 15″ Cricket Loom with 140 ends giving me 14″ in the reed. My sett ended up being 10 epi, whereas the chunky log cabin scarf in the book boasts 5 epi. I did pattern blocks of 20 picks, which ended up being perfect for my yarn. Since the yarn varied in hue and saturation, the log cabin pattern isn’t immediately apparent, yet upon closer inspection, the structured blocks become more visible.

Closer magnification reveals the alternating blocks of horizontal then vertical stripes

A closer look lends a more structured view

Using my two variegated yarns created a surprisingly beautiful fabric that had an organized chaos that I love so much. I finished my scarf by separating the different colors of yarn and fringe twisting them together.

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  1. Lydia
    December 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm ·

    Love it, Benjamin! Still waiting on the braided scarf pattern! hint, hint 🙂

  2. Benjamin
    December 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm ·

    Hi Lydia! I am working on something special for that one! I am VERY excited about it!

  3. Gina
    December 9, 2014 at 3:06 am ·

    This is gorgeous! Makes me want to get my Cricket out again. I didn't know you could do Log cabin on a rigid heddle. But I am just learning so I don't know much anyway. 🙂 I might copy this idea with some of my handspun.

  4. Deirdre Collins
    December 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm ·

    Oh I love this! What a mix of gorgeous color within a gridded structure.

  5. Benjamin
    December 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm ·

    Thanks Gina! not only is it possible to do log cabin on a rigid heddle, it is ridiculously easy!
    Thanks Deidre! it's one of my favorite projects that I have done!

  6. Stacy
    May 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm ·

    Your dyed wool is beautiful. Could you point me in a direction as to how it's done?

  7. Benjamin
    May 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm ·

    Hi Stacy! There isn't a tutorial for that currently but there may be a blog later on down the road for it!