It is a chenille scarf woven in plain weave but with a twist. Chenille is a funny beast; it doesn’t work well with long floats because it will move and make nasty lumps so plain weave is the best weave structure for it. The twist is that every third pick is a clasped weft. Clasped weft is when one weft is used to catch a second weft. The black chenille is used to grab the variegated chenille and it is then pulled to any desired length in the web. The clasped weft pick will be a doubled pick, the chenille hides the join which makes the scarf really neat as it is hard to see how it was done. The little squares of colour that are framed by the black are just magical. It really made the variegated chenille pop.
I did do a sample before starting the scarf. The bottom half of the sample is clasped weft every time, with the variegated chenille it was a little busy and the colours are a little muddy. But with two solid colours it could be very pretty. The top half is 2 picks of black chenille and 1 of the clasped black and variegated chenille. The colours really show up with this style, which is why it was chosen! This photo is before washing and the slight smile came right out. I left no fringe as the strands will lose fibres and make snarls, trust me on this! I left a 1” fringe on a small sample and now we have tiny black specks all over the place after the drier striped it from the core thread.
The edges are neat looking. I like how the variegated chenille is like a ribbon moving up the edge. I wove 1” with black waste thread and this will be turned under and sewn in place. I may add a Tencel fringe or some kind of edge treatment at a later date. After washing and drying the scarf in the drier it has really changed, it is very soft, drapey and dramatic.