Following on from the Mystery Yarn Unboxing yesterday I decided to take a look at the Red Heart Boutique Sashay yarn first. It was a totally different type of yarn than I have ever used before.
Red Heart Boutique Sashay
Weight: Super Bulky
Suggested Needle/Hook Size: 5.5mm
100g / 27m
97% Acrylic, 3% Polyester
After stretching it out I discovered that it wasn't a t-shirt style yarn, as I first thought. It was made of a kind of fishnet with a side of metallic along one edge in multiple colours. A very chunky sized yarn in two balls so I had to be careful about what I was going to make so I didn't run out.
The default examples for this yarn were ripple style scarves but I didn't fancy one of those. You may, or maybe not, know that I have dabbled with large macrame pieces in the past. So I decided to give a macrame inspired technique a go.
I split each ball into 8 strands of the same length, laying them out across the living room floor to measure them evenly. I then double knotted them in 4 groups of 4 strands for a total of 16 of these strands, about 3.4m each.
I chose to secure the 4 knots over the top of the door so the length of the strands could drop down allowing me to keep everything untangled. If I was working macrame I'd use a rod of some sort, but being lockdown with hubby on video calls where I can use my rods wasn't an option I fancied.
As you can see a lot of space is needed to use this method, but gravity and the height of the door really helped me keeping things untangled.
I began to join the 4 sets of strands two at a time in a grid pattern, which will be very familiar to macrame enthusiasts. Joining two stands from either side of the new knot means each new knot always has 4 strands.
As I progressed I had to move the knotted sections up and over the top of the door frame to avoid crawling around on the floor in a undignified manner. I also found myself calling out to family member to leave the door alone whenever I heard someone moving past on the other side.
As the strands became shorter I didn't need to keep straightening things out and the knotting progressed a lot faster. The official macrame/sailing name for the knots I used is a Double Half Hitch.
You can see on the 'other side' of the door how the scarf would look when worn,as against all pulled out to form even(ish) diamonds with the knots. I found my diamonds became smaller in the centre of the scarf, and then I corrected for longer diamonds to match the start once I realised what was happening. I left about 2" between knots, resulting in 4" sized diamonds.
This is a really simple and actually a fast crafty make, if you have access to a door which can remain closed.
I found the finished scarf is a great way to keep just a little snug in the warmer months, without going overboard. A long line, thin scarf with texture and tassels, no hooks or needles required. Just some scissors to even out the tassels at each end to make sure it all matches.
I had very little yarn left over from the two balls of Sashay yarn, which to my mind makes this scarf a really fun, fast project without waste.
The finished scarf is 97" which is just under 2.5m, a fabulous length for a luxurious feeling skinny scarf.