Thursday, January 27, 2011

pleated knit scarf

I purchased some jersey knit that was a little thin-ish. If it's too thick and bulky it won't drape as much but will still work just fine. And check out those sale bins at the fabric store. I got this at Hancock several months ago for a couple of dollars a yard.

**The following measurements produced a scarf that ended up being about 67 inches long and 7 inches wide.

I cut two long pieces of the knit, both at 120 long x 7 inches wide.
To make the pieces one continual piece each, you would need to purchase at least 3.5 yards of knit. But if you don't need that much, buy half that much and just piece some long strips together, to achieve the 120 inches. (Or make your scarf a little shorter, or make the pleats smaller, etc. There are ways to get around having to buy so much fabric. I just happened to have plenty of this stuff!)

Then lay one strip on top of the other and match up all of the edges. If you have a right/wrong side to the fabric, the bottom piece should have the right side facing down and the top piece should have the right side facing up. (Trim unevenness if necessary.)

**Keep in mind, you will now be making the pleats with both pieces of fabric together, as if they are one piece. So keep the two pieces lined up and pressed together...........and make the pleats as explained below.

To make my pleats, I started about 2 inches from the top and made a 1/2 inch pleat (which means I folded it over about a 1/2 inch) then skipped down about another 1 1/2 - 2 inches......then made another 1/2 inch pleat. I continued making pleats all the way down the scarf, using a few pins per pleat.

I really didn't measure or try to make this exact............I just eyeball-ed what looked even and pinned each pleat in place. Knit gives and stretches so don't try and make it'll just go crazy!

And if you look closely, you'll notice that the mini stripes in my fabric aren't exactly even with each pleat. This was a cheaper fabric and the lines were not even with the edges of the fabric. So I didn't worry about it because you can't even notice on the finished no biggee! :)

After the pleats are all pinned, sew around the entire edge of the scarf, about 3/4 of an inch from the edge. Use a bigger stitch length if your fabric is stretching as you you don't want it to pull. (But if it does a little bit, it's okay.) Sew very slowly, keeping the pleats tucked under, and taking out the pins as you go. Then make another seam inside of this first seam, about a 1/4 inch from the first about an inch from the edge of the scarf.

Then make one long seam right down the center of the scarf. This will help keep the pleats more in place and give it a great look.
If necessary, trim any uneven edges and steam lightly with your iron if you'd like less poof and more defined pleats. But because it's knit, the pleats will still droop......even if you steam them.

And that's it.
All ready for some cozy chilly weather.