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 Read on if your pulse quickens at the photograph below.
Knitted and Woven scarves

I love fiber and found myself very intrigued by this experiment of mine. 

Can you tell which scarf was knitted and which one was woven?  There's a clue on the left edge of the colorful one on the right.  That's the tell-tale sign of the cast-off of a knitted item.

They're a lot alike though aren't they?  However I found there are some differences:  time required to create them, thickness of scarf and pattern of stitches on both sides of scarf.

I knit way more than I weave.  In fact the blue green woven one on the left is the only thing I've done on my Ashford Knitter's Loom so far.  However, it won't be my last.  Don't let the name of the loom fool you - it's a true rigid heddle loom so you can go on and use it for all kinds of rigid heddle woven patterns.  It's portable and designed to use with fancy yarns as well as finer ones.

Woven scarf close up

When I saw Churchmouse's Linen Stitch scarf pattern that uses luscious and colorful Koigu yarn and how it so closely resembled a woven scarf I decided to order the kit.  I thought it would be interesting to see how long it took since I'm a knitter and of course it would be even more portable than the loom.  I've wanted to use the Koigu yarns for some time, but knowing any project I started with it would take awhile due to its fineness I've waited.  Although I'm in love with the result and the yarn... 

Knitted Koigu scarf

I should've timed it to know for sure, but I wove the scarf on the left in less than 8 hours.  In fact it might've been less than 6 and it was my first one!  The knitted one took FOREVER in comparison!  So long that when I realized I'd made a pattern mistake about 7 rows in I decided to make it a design feature and do the same thing on the other edge rather than do the frog (rip-it!) stitch.

Although the fineness of the yarn in the knitted one is finer than the woven one, the knitted one is thicker - about 1.5 to 2 times thicker.  The fringe shows you the difference in the yarn sizes.

Woven and knitted scarf

The woven one looks the same on both sides which is nice in a scarf.  The knitted one is different on both sides, but I think with my clever mistake both sides are interesting!

Scarf knitted with koigu

"We're all proud of making little mistakes. It gives us the feeling we don't make any big ones."  ~Andy Rooney


Oh Janet, you are just so

Oh Janet, you are just so multi-talented. I have not idea how to knit, but would love to learn. I love this little comparison you did, so interesting. I'm surprised at the yarn size and the finished result. I'm partial to the knitted one because of the colors, but love them both! Nice job!

Kim - I bet you'd pick up

Kim - I bet you'd pick up knitting in no time. This would not be the best stitch to do your first scarf, but I do recommend doing scarves to work out your tension and have a finished product fairly fast. I love the more colorful one, too - the yarns are just gorgeous. I'm thinking of trying Koigu on the loom... imagining the result will be very drapey and soft.

No matter the

No matter the technique...they're both beautiful! My grandmother weaves...and I may just have to ask for a scarf for Christmas after seeing these!!!

My pulse quickened. Love

My pulse quickened. Love this post and love your scarves

oh gosh - how beautiful! Got

oh gosh - how beautiful! Got my pulse pounding! Love to see the loom you're talking about!

Both of these are beautiful!

Both of these are beautiful! Thanks for sharing the subtle differences - very interesting!

When I saw your first

When I saw your first picture, I figured the colored one was the linen stitch, but only because I had knit a Koigu cowl just like it myself. Lovely, but yes - time consuming!! When I made mine, I doubled the yarn because I knew it would take me forever to finish.I like your "design feature", too - it's truly unique now!! Even though the knitting took longer, it's portable, so good to have a project like that to take out. Thanks for sharing!

love these! They're

love these! They're beautiful! This makes me want to knit that scarf! I'll have to check it out. I don't weave, so I'm left with knitting.This was a very interesting post!I've made "mistakes" before which I've ended up liking and copying.

There are no mistakes, just

There are no mistakes, just work that happened differently than planned.I did work out which was which, but love them both. Weaving is something I keep thinking about, but the outlay for a loom when I haven't actually tried it is a bit daunting.

If you hadn't told us, I

If you hadn't told us, I would not have known which scarf was woven, and which was woven. They are both beautiful!


I am just thinking about weaving and found this article. Can you tell me if you knitted this with a garter stitch? I do not think I will learn to weave based on the expense to start up and no local resources.... so am going to figure out ways to knit that look like weaving.

Linen stitch

It's actually a slipped stitch called linen stitch. Here's a tutorial video I found for you:

article. Can you tell me if

article. Can you tell me if you knitted this with a garter stitch? I do not think I will learn to weave based on the expense to start up and no local resource

knit scarf question

Hi - No, this is what's called linen stitch. Here's a You-Tube video that shows you how to work it:

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