Craft, stitchin' and sustainable living

Monday, May 30, 2011

Martha Stewart HACK!

See this necktie? It's crafty, cute and has a funky little feature that allows it to tuck into itself, giving the impression of a very neat little knot. It also came about as a reconstruction of the Martha Stewart Knitted Neck Scarf, somewhat by accident.

You see, I started knitting the neck scarf, but quickly realised that I was going to run out of that particular yarn before it was finished, and there was no way I was going to be able to get more of this type (not to mention, I'm on a yarn and fabric diet at the moment). It turns out that I actually prefer this version! So, if you would like to make your own Martha Stewart hacked neck scarf, just keep reading below...

Firstly, you need to start knitting the Martha Stewart Knitted Neck Scarf, according to the pattern that is here. When you get to about an inch above the ribbed section, cast off and start knitting the same again. You can see where I suddenly ran out of wool - I'm very glad I stopped knitting and started on the other end when I did! Once you have two matching (or nearly matching) end pieces, you are ready for the next step.

Now you will need some fabric for the part of the scarf that will go around your neck. Best choose something comfy. I chose some fabric from an old top that I couldn't part with. You will need two rectangles of fabric, approx. 2cm wider than your knitted pieces and long enough to just circle your neck.

Pin your two rectangles together and stitch down the long sides to make a tube. The seam will be approx .75cm on each side. Now turn your tube right-way-out.

Now you will want to fold in the ends of your tube, and then tuck the ends of your knitted pieces in each end. Pin it and double check that it fits well around your neck. Adjust as necessary.

Stitch the knitted end into your scarf with a straight stitch running close to the end of your fabric. Do this on both ends.

And now you have a chic new neck scarf. Pretty sweet, huh?