Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Funky Braided Scarf



I realize it's Springtime and that Winter is over. 

But, I live in Utah where Spring doesn't officially start until May or June. 
Don't get me wrong, we've had some lovely Spring-like days in the last couple months, but we've also had our share of rain, wind, sleet and snow. 

In fact, it was just hailing on Friday! 

With that said, it is completely acceptable to still be wearing scarves in April around here!

This scarf is pretty much the easiest project ever 
and you really don't need a tutorial.

But, lucky you, I'm going to give you one anyway! 

The Braided Scarf

So, first you'll want to decide what kinds of craft supplies to use in your scarf.

I used a variety of yarn, fun fur, ribbon, fabric scraps, tulle, crochet thread, jersey knit, lace, ric rac, chinese braid and single crochet chains of yarn in different colors and textures.




The beauty of the braided scarf is that you can pretty much use whatever you want to make one.

This particular scarf was made for my sister, so I knew it needed to be especially funky and unique!

Of course, you could always tone it down and use just one color scheme and one craft element, like yarn or fabric.

You could even string on beads or buttons. 
You could use maribou, velvet, denim, hemp, pom poms, ect.

The possibilities are endless!

The amount of scarf supplies you use will determine whether your scarf is skinny or chunky.

Gather your supplies together and decide how long you'd like to make your scarf.
When you measure your supplies you'll want to nearly double that length.

For instance, my finished scarf measures 80" long.
The length of yarn, ribbon and other supplies I used measured 140" long.

But, keep in mind that my sister and I are on the short side so you may want to make your scarf a little longer.


The rest is simple.
After measuring and cutting the length of your scarf supplies securely knot one end of your scarf.


I found it was easiest to tie that end to a chair.
 If you have someone willing to hold the other end that would be great too. 

I happened to be crafting alone, so the chair was my little helper. 

It's really ok. No need to feel bad for me. 
I bask in the glory of a quiet morning! :)


Divide your yarn and other supplies into 3 equal sections.


Start twisting your scarf into a loose braid.


Be careful not to tangle your ends as your braid by keeping the ends of your three sections smooth and separate. 


Continue braiding until you've reached the end of your scarf.


Then tightly knot the end.


And you're finished!

I talked my baby sister into modeling this scarf that I made for my other little sister's birthday.



Isn't she cute?

And, I must say she wears it well. 
She's pretty funky herself! 

While the scarf is chunky, it's surprisingly light.

It's soft and warm, but not too warm.

I can't wait to make one for me!


Happy crafting! 
Who will you make a scarf for?

*Please click HERE to see where I'll be linking up this week!*

95 comments:

  1. I love this! It looks like something straight out of a fun boutique. Very inspiring!

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    1. Thanks Catherine! I can totally see you rockin' this scarf!

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  2. The scarf is the cutest! Definitely making one... more than one...first for me...then my mom....then...

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    1. Thanks so much Meijo! I'd love to see what you come up with!

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  3. This is so cute!! My daughter is always wanting scarves--and she's only 7!! This would be perfect for her to make with me:) You have a cute blog--I am a new follower!

    I hope you can stop by my blog sometime:)

    Shannon@SewSweetCottage

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    1. Hi Shannon! My girls (10 and 6)are dying to make scarves of their own too! I'll have to do another post when we make them. Thanks for following! I love my followers, old and new! :)

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  4. What a beautiful scarf. I love your technique, easy to make, big impact. Great job...and I love the pictures of your adorable sister modeling the scarf.

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    2. Thanks Amy! Isn't she cute? So glad you like the scarf!

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  5. Hey there!! I just added myself to your followers for support, and wanted to invite you to check out an awesome Modcloth giveaway I'm having!

    Hope to see you there! Thanks so much!
    Emily

    http://emilymmeyers.blogspot.com/2012/05/giveaway-time-again.html

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    1. Hi Emily! Glad to have you! Off to check out your blog! Thanks!

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  6. Cool! I like the idea. I plan to give it a try!

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    1. Thanks Carla! I'd love to see the finished product! This scarf is so versatile that you could make 100 scarves with no two the same!

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  7. Love this scarf, it is gorgeous, thanks for linking up.
    XO
    Kristin

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    1. Thanks Kristin! You're a great hostess!

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  8. I love this scarf! Such a neat idea - and it looks so cool! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day.
    Rebecca @ heroncrafts.blogspot.com

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  9. Lovely scarf! :)
    Greetings from Poland ✿ܓ
    Magdalena

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    1. Thank you Magdalena! I can't wait to tell my kids that I "met" a girl from Poland today. They love learning about other countries.

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  10. this scarf ROCKS!!!! thanks so much for sharing with me -- going to have to remember this for next winter!!! : ) hugs...

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    1. Winter will be here again before we know it Andrea! I'd love to see your scarf when you're done. Thanks!

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  11. Hello Brittany,
    I linked over to your blog from Cherished Bliss’s link up party. I love your scarf tutorial, it is so cute. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

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    1. Thanks so much Paula! Glad you like it and glad you stopped by!

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  12. That is SO cute and fun! Love it! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com- where you can win free ad space on my blog!

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  13. Looks great! Wish I had a stash of yarns and laces to get it going though, because it seems like without the scrap supply it might get costly. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Jelli! It's a great "stash bustin' project"! Depending on what supplies you use it could be pretty inexpensive or pretty costly! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I LOVE the eclectic look of this, so fun!

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    1. Eclectic! That's the word I was searching for! Where were you when I was writing this post? Lol!

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  15. cute! and great idea for using up scraps!

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  16. oh my heck, i'm LOVING this! and yes, utah weather is evil and trixie... mother nature is laughing her head off watching all of us go from winter boots and coats to shorts and swimsuits day to day. rude. i love this scarf tho! i might just need to make myself one! you know, for the one random day out of the week when it's flippin COLD! :)

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    1. Exactly! Only another Utahn could understand the "evil and trixie" Utah weather! You'd better make a scarf! It's supposed to be cold this weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. This scarf is just amazed me! It reminds me to freeform crochet but in an easier way. Your tutorial is great! Thank you for sharing it!
    I have looked round on your blog, and loved it! I am your new GFC follower.
    Kindly,
    Hanni

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    1. Thanks Hanni! That's quite the complement coming from a crochet queen like you! Thank you and welcome to my blog! :)

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  18. This is soo cute! I love it! I'd love for you to link up to my linky party going on here: http://itsjustcalledspicy.blogspot.com/2012/05/spicy-link-up-3.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite Jenna! I'm all linked up!

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  19. This is super cute! I never would have thought to mix all of those different textures together! Too Clever!! Thanks for sharing at Homemade By You!

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    1. Thanks Katie! I think the different textures is what makes it so fun!

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  20. Its so cute! I have to make one!! :) It's raining where I am (England - surprise surprise) so it's OK for me to wear a scarf too :)

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    1. Thanks so much Lauralynn! I'd love to see a pic of you rockin' this scarf in England! :)

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  21. That scarf is so fun. I love it. We still get chilly nights here in northern cali, I will take a scarf post anytime.

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    1. Thanks Mindie! I can totally picture you in this scarf!

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  22. What a fun fun idea! I bet it's a lot harder to keep the ends from tangling than it looks. Such a great gift.:)

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    1. Thanks Shiloh! You know, it was at first but after you kind of get the hang of the braiding it's really just a matter of rearranging the piles of yarn and stuff. Did that even make sense? I hope so!

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  23. I just saw a similar scarf today in a gift shop for $75. After your neat tutorial i feel I could replicate it. Thanks! Followed over from The Creative Princess.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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    1. Shut the front door! For real-$75?!! Maybe I need to start selling them! Thanks so much Donna!

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  24. Oh that is so fun!!! I love it! It is so unique! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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    1. Thanks so much Jill and thank you for hosting!

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  25. Cute! found you on a little knick knack party!!

    Amber
    recipeswelove.net

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  26. Hi Brittany! This is a most adorable scarf! It looks so cute on your sister.

    Fun stopping by to visit with you and peruse your sweet place here. Nice to meet you!

    Kindly, Lorraine

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    1. What a nice thing to say! Thanks so much for stopping by, nice to "meet" you too!

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  27. This is super fun and funky. Just my style.

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  28. Love this scarf! A great idea for a 'stash buster.' Gonna make a couple of these for sure. Thanks for the tute.

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  29. This is gorgeous! All the colours you used will make it something your sister can wear with just about anything!

    Visiting from Six Sisters' Stuff.

    Happy weekend!

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  30. That's a very cute scarf! I love how funky and creative it is! Nice idea. I'm pinning this for sure.

    Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime. I'm your newest follower!

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  31. What a sweet idea!! I love the way it came out and I am a new follower! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for linking up to Delicately Constructed Friday!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.com

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    1. Glad to have you here Michelle! Thanks for hosting!

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  32. Fabulous! It's such an original idea and it turned out just lovely. I envy the sister that gets that for a gift.

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  33. I love this! So cute and different :) Thank you for joining my link party!
    Paula at Welcoming Spirit

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  34. Love this! I live in the Pacific Northwest so Spring is elusive up here one day to the next. This is such a great way to use up leftover / on hand supplies and love the texture and depth.

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    1. Haha! Sounds like Utah! Don't you love stash buster projects?

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  35. This is such a beautiful scarf and so unique. I love how all of the little pieces tie together so well. Thanks for sharing. This is being featured this week at Lines Across.
    http://www.linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2012/05/cure-for-common-monday-39.html

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    1. Thank you Rachel! You totally made my day! :)

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  36. What a lovely idea! Great materials for the scarf, too.

    http://creactiveallaround.blogspot.com/

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  37. Ohhh my the more I'm browsing your blog the more I LOVE it.
    You just have to link this up too !!
    So fun & stylish! Would you would consider linking this post up too with my craft linky party (I wanna pin it to pinterest and give you some credit!) - This tutorial is perfect for showing my followers your design and idea. http://www.snapdragonshots.com/2012/05/sunday-school-linky-party.html
    jennie. x

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    1. What a sweet thing to say! Thanks for the invite Jennie! I'm all linked up!

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  38. I LOVE this! It is SO cute! Love the different textures and colors! I will definitely be featuring it on my FB, Twitter today and at the party this weekend! Thank you so much for sharing at HiH! Have a wonderful week! :)

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  39. What a fun scarf! I love this idea. It is cute and seems easy to make. Thanks for the idea and for linking up.

    -ashley
    http://pencilleddaydream.wordpess.com

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  40. The scarf looks so cute!! Great idea! We hope to see you back next week to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks for coming!! -The Sisters

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  41. What a fabulous scarf! So many fun elements, but is not overwhelming at all! Thanks for sharing this with us this past week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  42. Yep. Totally funky. I'm surprised by the types of yarn etc that you used - but they turned out so well. And your little sis is very funky herself. :)

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  43. Love the bright colors and funkiness!

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  44. Wow this is awesome! I love all the different things you used. I would love for you to link it up to my link party. I know my readers would love it too!
    http://weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-i-learned-wednesday-9.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite Alexis! I'm all linked up! :)

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  45. This is so fun and it looks great on too!

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Four Sisters

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  46. I love all the colors! So fun and flirty! I have pinned this so I dont loose it. Want to make one...
    Thanks for linking up to our Sunday Round Up link party. Hope to see you again this weekend :)
    xoxo
    Heather

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  47. Thank you all for your sweet comments! I'm so glad you like my funky scarf! :)

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  48. What a gorgeous scarf! Fun and unique!!
    I came over from the creative princess and i really like your blog, which is why i am following you now with gfc.
    would be honored if you would like to follow back, but no hard feelings if not :-)
    love
    jutta

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  49. What a fun idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you are having a great week!

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  50. Oh, I just adore this idea! I've featured it!

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    1. Thanks for the feature Lesley! *Squeeeeeal* I'm so excited!

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  51. Just wanted to let you know I am featuring this today, over at the Sunday Round Up! Come grab a feature button :)
    xoxo
    Heather
    http://www.heatherlyloves.com/2012/05/sunday-round-up-9.html

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    1. Yay! Thank you Heather! That makes my day!

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  52. I live in Utah too, so we should be crafting together! This is such a fun & easy project. Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. We totally should Michelle! :) So glad you like the scarf! Thanks for hosting!

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  53. I love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing. I love crafting and have so many supplies that I need to use. These will make wonderful Christmas gifts:)

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  54. CUTE!! Can't wait to make one with my daughter!

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