Men’s Sewn Winter Scarf
A friend of mine has decided to make a winter scarf for DH and asked me to search the Internet for directions. Unfortunately, I have not found any free patterns, which I believe she can do without. What I’ve found are men’s winter scarves for sale and with that came varying lengths up to 78″ long. What I have not found is the width for a man’s winter scarf.
Also, she has asked for suggestions for a lining as she’d like to make it 2-sided. The fabric she’s chosen is a black wool; however, I’m not sure if it’s a crepe or wool gabardine. The later may be a bit stiff huh? If it’s the former I told her to make the lining the same as the face side. What do you suggest?
It is a man’s scarf to go with a dress coat that I believe she has in mind. Any information you may have to share about the length (DH is tall about 6’3″) and width will be helpful.
Edited 12/23/2008 12:53 pm ET by WandaJ
Sixty inches is a good length, it is also the width of some fabrics. A man's scarf about 10 or 11 inches is about perfect. Unless the wool fabric is really lightweight and a loose weave, the scarf does not have to be lined. A small sewn seam (handsewn is very nice) on the long edges finishes it perfectly. Maybe the edges could be fringed by pulling cross threads for about an inch.
Thanks so much for your reply. I found a scarf of my GD's (!!) it is about 10-1/2" so I decided to make it 11" (for good measure!). Oh...I decided to make 2 of these because they are needed and seemingly easy!
I like the 60" length; however, with my son being well over 6', and the scarves shown on the Internet for men, as well as in magazines, being wrapped around sometimes a couple of times, I think I'll go for the 78".
With regard to the fringe, how long would you make it? I picked up some poly fringe this PM and it is about 3" long. I tried it with the fabric and it looked OK, but I still think 'girly.' I like your idea best about the pulled threads, but I'll have to try it after I press the fabric.
For the lining, I decided that I would go ahead and face it with the original face fabric. Oh, since I'm strongly considering doing this do you suggest 1 or, 2 layers of fabric fringed? If I do 1 layer I can turn under the other layer within the seam.
The reason I decided to go for 2 layers is that my son is a minister, and he's started helping our pastor who is also a funeral home owner with funerals and the cemeteries can be the coldest place in the world in this type of weather. Here in OH (SW) it's about 18 with a wind child factor that is out of this world. This AM when I woke up it was about 5 and yesterday it was worse than today. There's a sheet of thin ice out there now and I'm not sure what the temp is.
So much for that, but I too want to add that I am going to monogram his initials on the lower front of the scarf. I'm thinking black like the wool, but it won't show up too well; however, if I use another color it may stand out too much. What do you think?
Finally, (I think I'm super sewing woman :-} - not really if anyone knows the truth about this it's me...I am going to make my 'significant other' a scarf like my son's. My son won't be upset about this because he received a gift from me the other day (which, I put up 2 years ago and couldn't find...until then).
Here's to looking forward to your reply about the fringe and monogram. Thanks again.
Edited 12/23/2008 9:52 pm ET by WandaJ
You will be able to make quite a few scarves 12" wide with 78" of fabric. I wouldn't put bought fringe on them, you are right, it is a girly look. Fringe one layer of fabric and line up to the beginning of the drawn threads. Don't make it too long, about and inch and a half would do. If you think it will continue to unravel there, use a tiny zigzag on the scarf, above the fringe.About the monogram, why not use something like a mercerized cotton about a 10 (similar to crochet cotton)in a dark grey, or even black as the slightly raised and different texture initial will show up.I can sympathize about the weather, I am in Canada on the north (of the border) west coast and we are experiencing similar temperatures as you mentioned, but we have been hit with a lot of snow and high winds as well. This weather is very, very unusual here as it rarely gets below 32F (0 celcius)and at this time of the year we are still cutting roses from the garden for the Christmas table. At the moment I am snowed in, right in the middle of town! Good luck with your project.
I made my son a fleece scarf for Christmas 60" long by 6 1/2" wide. I appliques and did some stitching on the front side, so backed it with the same size and color fleece so it is extra toasty. I think with lengths you could do what you want and it depends on fashion I guess. We have been watching some old Sherlock Holmes shows on TV and he is wearing scarves at times that must be close to 15' long! He has them wrapped around his neck and at least 5-6' hanging in the front and back. Then at other times they are short scarves.
My dh is over six feet tall, and this winter in Paris, where it was REALLY chilly, he found that a cashmere scarf 68" long was a mite too short, because when it's blowing snow, you want to wrap that scarf twice around your neck and have enough left over to insulate your chest a bit, too.
My husband and brothers think any fringe is silly; they all ask, "What's this stringy stuff for?" (And they don't like my answer: "It's just for decoration.")
Most men's scarves have a simple 1/2" double-turned hem on each end and a narrow double hem along the sides.
I always go for wider and longer; a wider scarf can be folded neatly and always looks more luxurious than a skimpy one does.
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