After an intense grad program in textile design with a weaving focus, it took me a little bit of time to get back into weaving for fun. When doing so, I looked to one of my favorite structures, Overshot, to create this scarf. Overshot is deceptively simple, and the end result is quite beautiful. The structure looks incredibly complicated, but the effort is in the threading. Unlike a straight draw, where the ends of a warp are threaded 1-2-3-4, etc, an overshot threading is unique to the pattern and directly related to the treadling of the warp ends. The large blocks of color created by floats of the patterning weft are stabilized by a tabby weft, a much thinner warp end that is woven in a plain weave after every patterning weft pick. To throw in a knitting analogy, the tabby weft can be thought of similarly as tacking long floats in colorwork.
• 8-shaft loom, at least 24” weaving width
• 12 dent reed
• 2 shuttles
• WARP: The Fibre Co. Meadow (40% merino wool, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen; 545 yds/100 gm skein): queen anne’s lace, 2 skeins.
• PATTERNING WEFT: The Fibre Co. Road to China Lace (65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere; 656 yds/100 gram skein): grey pearl, 1 skein.
• TABBY WEFT: Jaggerspun Zephyr (50% merino wool, 50% silk; 1120yds/100 gm skein): vanilla, 1 skein.
• 214 warp ends, 3 yds long. (allows for 6” take-up, 28” loom waste, 10” swatching/sampling).
• WARP: 18 epi (1 - 2 / dent in a 12-dent reed)
• WEFT: 18 ppi patterning, 18 ppi tabby
• WIDTH IN REED: 11.66”
• AFTER FINISHING: 10.625” width, 64.25” length, not including fringe.
NOTE: There was a slight error in the threading. The initial "1-2" sequence should only be worked 3 times, not 4. The PDF has been updated as of 2.1.16