Munro Tartan Scarf II


I snuck in some time to weave the rest of my Munro tartan scarf today. I encountered some tension issues on one side, I think due to one bunch of warp threads having been tied onto the beam slightly askew. I’ve been using Deborah Chandler’s instructions for warping front to back, but I think I’m going to try the more traditional back to front method next time; I’ve read that it’s better for tension, at least when done properly.


One of the most satisfying things during the process is crossing out each block in the pattern as it’s woven.

End Header

I wanted to try doing a simple folded hem on this scarf instead of fringe, so I wove a header onto the end as well as the beginning.

Zigzag stitch

There is something tremendously satisfying about sewing on fabric that you have actually made.

A Pattern block

The “A” block of the Munro tartan sett. The A block is considerably larger than the B block, which made it the prominent element in this scarf; I only had enough width to fit one full sett, so I centered the A block and put one half B block on the edges. The colors are a little bit cold in this photo; The red I’ve been using is definitely edging towards a rose/magenta hue, but it’s exaggerated here. In person, the colors are sort of in between what you usually see for an Ancient and Weathered/Reproduction colorway.


After all that, I was comparing repeats of the pattern to see how consistent my beat had been… that was when I noticed that I had skipped a prominent blue row altogether in the second-to last A block. It’s one of those things that nobody would notice at first glance (or even second glance, if they didn’t know much about tartans) but it would just bug me every time I wore this as a scarf.

So, I need to come up with a plan B and salvage something from it. I’m thinking I may take one or two of the good blocks and make a wall hanging, and my wife has expressed an interest in the rest of the length. It’s a disappointment of course… but not having to needle-weave in quite as many weft ends is a silver lining. For future scarves I will probably go back to weaving the ends in on the loom. Weaving will go a bit more slowly, but I think it will still save time over manually weaving those threads back in my hand. For wider cloth yardage (for a kilt, for example) an unfinished selvage is no big deal as long as there’s one nice edge.