Thursday, 18 August 2016

Silk Mohair Scarves 2016

cross section of three scarves: three wavy stripe patterns in three different colour combinations (browns/greens, pink/orange/purples, browns/gold)

A picture story today!
Silk mohair scarves that came off my hooks this year.

Three different design and colour combinations
for viewing pleasure
(and wearing enjoyment for those who want to buy one from Gallery M in Marion, South Australia).

Wavy stripes worked lengthwise highlight crochet’s versatility and blend the variegated colours.

The ends of three wavy-striped scarves (L-R) Brown leaves fringe on gold/brown, flower motifs dangle from purple/pink/orange, curved scalloped shaped ends on green stripes
Three different lengths, colours and ends.
(L–R): 'Autumn Gold', 'Fantasy Floral', 'Woodland'
Designed by Jodiebodie 2016

It took longer than usual to make these scarves because I was tidying up my design notes at the same time with an aim to publish the patterns so that anyone who can't get to Gallery M can also enjoy scarves like these.
Woodlands Scarf: wavy stripes in gold and brown tones hanging on coathanger as if it were around the neck. The fringe is made of interlocking gold and brown leaf motifs.
'Autumn Gold'
I love the rich golden tones
against the deep brown.

I  like that they are super soft and snuggly warm and yet so lightweight that they can be easily tucked inside one's collar without any bulk around the neck at all.  They are perfect for travel because they take up hardly any space at all and weigh a little less than 25 grams.

I like to wrap mine around my neck two or three times to layer up the warming properties of mohair. The longer it stays next to me, the cosier it gets; the temperature is always 'just right' because the natural fibre 'breathes' beautifully.

Floral Fantasy scarf designed by Jodiebodie - The wavy-striped scarf in purple/orange and pinks is hanging on a coathanger as if it were around a neck. The floral motifs in the fringe hang at different lengths to create a pretty collection of flowers.
'Fantasy Floral'
I love the dangly flowers
and intense colours.

These scarves are perfect across seasons. Sometimes on the coldest, windiest nights of the year, if I need to go out, I will double up on scarves, wearing a light silk mohair scarf close to my neck and face as a toasty inner layer, with a thicker, heavier, solid scarf on the outside.  

Because the silk mohair scarves are so light and airy, I don't feel like I'm weighed down by lots of layers even though I might be wearing two scarves at once!

Woodlands scarf: wavy-stripes in browns and greens hanging on a coathanger as if it were around the neck.
I love the earthy but fresh,
woodsy feel of these colours.

These scarves were finished in midwinter during weeks of dark, dreary weather so it was a challenge to find a good time to photograph them. I kept waiting and waiting for good weather. Eventually, it was time to deliver them to the gallery and photos could not wait any longer.  That is why the photos are not as bright as usual and took so long to publish but you can still get the idea!

Project Details

Yarn: Alchemy: Yarns of Transformation 'Haiku'
60% mohair 40% silk, 297 metres / 25 grams per skein 
Lace weight / 2 ply (US)

Hook: 5.5 bamboo in-line hook*
*'Fantasy Floral' scarf used more than one hook size.

The Autumn Gold scarf is folded with two ends facing the left edge of the picture. One can see two gold leaves and two brown leaves as part of the leaf fringe. White plastic pin stitch markers indicate the pattern repeats. Above the scarf are two balls of Alchemy silk mohair yarn alongside their gold labels.
Autumn Gold scarf in progress.
Stitch markers aid navigation of
pattern repeats.
Autumn Gold

Size: 6" wide, 44" long (49" with leaves)

Col. A: Full Metal Alchemist (gold), lot 11c.
0.4 hank used: 10 g / 118.9 m (130 yd)
Col. B: Dark Star (brown), lot 179c.
0.4 hank used: 10 g / 118.9 m (130 yd)

The scarf is folded so that the two ends overlap. The leaf motifs interlock to create the effect of alternating colours in the 'leaf' fringe.  Each leaf motif is an extension of the wavy lengthwise stripe in the body of the scarf.
The leaf motifs from each end
interlock when worn.
Each stripe has a leaf motif at the end to create a fringed finish with colour A at one end and colour B at the other. Unlike the 'Hinterland' scarf which had leaf motifs made separately and later attached, 'Autumn Gold' has the leaf motifs integral to the stripe pattern, saving extra ends to weave in as well as saving yarn.

When worn next to each other, the leaves of the fringe interlock to produce an interplay of the two colours. The sheen of the silk has a beautiful depth of colour which is intensified under sunlight.

Scarf is worked outwards from the centre from both sides of the foundation chain to make the pattern reversible. By alternating sides (of foundation chain) every 2 stripes, I can maintain the ‘reversible’ balance and allow for varying amounts of available yarn.

Fantasy Floral

The fringe of the Fantasy Floral scarf is made up of dainty 5-petalled flower motifs at the end of crocheted chains of differing lengths.  Between the body of the scarf and the flowers the chain gets thinner by adjusting the hook sizes downwards. Each purple stripe has a purple chain/flower extending from its end; similarly pink/orange/purple flowers and chain extend from the pink/orange/purple stripe ends.
I love the pretty flowers
and the way they dangle prettily.

Size: 149 cm (58.5") long, 16.5 cm (6.5") wide (including fringe)
*Extra hooks: 4.0 mm, 4.5 mm & 5.0 mm as well as 5.5 mm used to adjust tension around the fringe.
Col. A: Air & Fire (pink/purple/orange), lot 42c.
0.5 hank used: 12 g / 148.6 m (162.5 yd)
Col. B: Resolution (purple), lot 62c.
0.5 hank used: 12 g / 148.6 m (162.5 yd)

I first created this design in May 2015.
5.5 mm hook was used for the body of the scarf. A 4.0 mm hook was needed to get the flowers to the required size.

The difference in tension was managed by gradual changes in hook sizes.

The Woodland Scarf is draped over a wooden coathanger as if it were being worn over the shoulders like a stole. Lengthwise undulating waves of alternating colours can be seen clearly. Each 'wave stripe' ends in a curved scallop shape at the widest point and a thin stitch at the narrowest point.
Woodland Scarf wave pattern
can be seen clearly when
draped over a hanger.

Size: 66.5" / 169 cm long, 5.75" / 14.5 cm wide

Col. A: Paper Crane (beige/green), lot 157c.
0.55 hank used: 13 g / 163.4 m (178.8 yd)
Col. B: Dark Star (brown), lot 179c.
0.5 hank used: 12 g / 148.6 m (162.5 yd)

This scarf has a colour story which is probably a bit long to include here. That story has its own blog entry

Related Posts on Lupey Loops

"Colour: a Strange and Wonderful Thing", 1 September 2016:

"Silk Mohair Scarf Delivery", 2 July 2015:

"A Stolen Scarf", 26 June 2014:

"Method to the Mohair", 9 April 2014:

"First of the Autumn Scarves", 3 April 2014:



Alchemy Yarns of Transformation:

Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre,
287 Diagonal Road,  Oaklands Park SA 5046, South Australia, Australia:

EDITED 30 October 2016 Gallery M new web site: 


  1. Now they really are impressive, I love that they weigh so little, perfect for travel. Such beautiful colours.

    1. Now all I need to do is settle down and tidy up the pattern in its written form, ready to share with the world! ;-)
      Thanks for the positive feedback, Lorraine x

  2. Oh Jodie what beautiful colours! They look wonderful -so creative and perfect for Autumn. Looking forward to your pattern! Best wishes Alison xx

    1. Hi Alison,

      Nice to see you here - you have been so very busy with your crafting. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

      I'm glad you like the colours. I submitted the Autumn Gold design for publication earlier this year but missed out on having it chosen. My challenge is to organise a Ravelry or Etsy channel for my patterns. What is your favourite pattern source, Alison?

      I'm amazed at how many different things you do and I need to follow your advice and get back into the 'make do and mend' projects.

      Cheers :-)

  3. I bet they will sell out in no time at the gallery! Just right for the coming spring time in Australia :)

    Take care

    1. I hope so, Anne. You would think most of the scarves would sell during winter but, surprisingly, they often sell during the warmer months. The gallery receives visits from tourists who may be taking the scarves back to a cooler climate - the scarves are light and easy to pack. There is also the local problem of air conditioning being too cold during the summer months and one needs something to keep out the chill. I hope we have a good spring season this year. Thanks for your continuing enthusiastic support. You will be coming into my favourite season soon - autumn. What will you make to warm your heart this season? :-)