Tuesday, January 8, 2013

How to make a distressed fabric scarf

This scarf is hipsterific!  It's strips of fabric that I ripped, tied together and started crocheting.  You can use any fabric, but cottons are great for ripping as opposed to some silk blends that are difficult to rip.  You will need about four yards of fabric.Here's the process:

1.  Select a fabric and cut the tip of a strip somewhere about 1/4 of an inch to 1/2 an inch into the fabric lengthwise.
2.  Rip down the seam.  The edges will fray but the fabric will be intact enough to crochet with.
3.  Tie strips together so that there are ends visible.  I did this since it was a distressed scarf.  If you want it to be more polished you can cut the ends or sew the pieces together.
4.  Wrap into a ball as you go.
5.  Here's what the fabric pattern looks like next to the ball:
6.  Crochet your favorite stitches.  I used a double crochet to make this effect.  The thinner the strips the easier it is to crochet.  I also used a large plastic needle:

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