I have long refused to learn to knit or crochet, because my UFO/USO* pile is already far too large and I don’t need more excuses to buy those lovely specialty yarns. While doing some Christmas shopping last weekend, I saw a number of lovely scarves priced well out of my reach. Great gifts, too expensive! The most recent issue of Stitch Magazine came to my rescue, with a method of making a scarf using yarn and water soluble stabilizer.
It’s really easy; you layer stabilizer, yarn, and another layer of stabilizer, then sew like crazy over the sandwich. The magazine recommended Aquatics Bond stabilizer, which is sticky on one side. I couldn’t find that, so I used OESD, which worked fine, even though it’s not sticky. Starting with the bottom layer of stabilizer, I taped it to my door. Then I taped the yarn, one strand at a time, to the stabilizer, and smoothed it down, working my way to the bottom. The yarn clung to the stabilizer, so all I really had to do was make sure the yarn was hanging straight. Once I had all my yarn cut and hanging, I covered it with another layer of stabilizer, then pinned the edges, placing pins about 4 inches apart. I sewed across the yarn in a zigzag pattern, using a combination of straight and zigzag stitches. Tomorrow I’ll take both pieces into work and rinse the stabilizer off under running water; it takes too much water* to do at home.
You can see the sample I made first, to try out the technique. The scarf is about 8 inches wide and 5 1/2 feet long; the sample is about 8 inches square. I think it’d be really fun to try a hat or a vest using this technique. Well, next week maybe!
*UFO – UnFinished object; USO – UnStarted Object
*Like many Fairbanksans, I don’t have running water; I haul it in 5 gallon jugs.