Realizing I have no suitable winter scarves for my daily SF commute, I decided to create two with cashmere and wool knit fabric remnants.

When the temperature started to hit mid-40s Fahrenheit (around 4 Celcius), I quickly realized a glaring problem: I don’t have suitable winter scarves. My scarves are either made of cotton (bright and summer-y), silk blend (great for tropical countries), too long (those pom-poms are cute, but I don’t want it to get stuck to my Caltrain seat…gross!), or made of acrylic (the hives on my sensitive skin informed me acrylic and my skin are not friends).

So I went to my fabric bins and found a long ivory cashmere scarf (which I chopped a long time ago to make some arm warmers), a yard of grey wool knit and a yard of tartan wool knit I got from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley. An hour later, I made two winter scarves! Yay! I’m sure many of you can make them faster, but I’m slow at cutting and sewing :)

Btw, this is the first DIY post in 2015 that features Christian Hadidjaja’s photography skills! Yay for great quality pics, and nay for those under-the-eye bags of mine. Argh…I need more sleep.

Infinity Scarf

I made this infinity scarf by using the ivory cashmere on one side and the grey wool knit on the other. There are a lot of infinity scarf tutorials out there, and I used the one from Sew Creative. My finished infinity scarf is about 55″ in circumference and 12″ in width, and I folded it in two width-wise for this picture below.
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I figure that I can also use it as a shoulder warmer in the office:
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And I can keep my neck warm when wearing a collarless jacket or coat:
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Tartan Scarf

Similar to my process of making the infinity scarf, I created this using the ivory cashmere on one side and the tartan wool on the other. It’s a simple scarf with no frills, just a warm piece of scarf about 57″ long. It falls on my navel, and it’s a good length for me since I just want to do throw one end over my shoulder or do a simple knot. Nothing fancy.
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This tartan scarf will be perfect for my orange double-breasted jacket, or any of my other short / medium length jackets and coats. Simple scarf wearing with a lot of warmth.
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Thanks to my new winter scarves, I won’t have to worry about the long walks from the train station to my work office and back when the temperatures drop. Phew! What’s your mid-winter DIY fixes?

Thanks for reading; until next time,

Style notes: black 3/4 sleeve tee, Uniqlo. Jeans, William Rast for Target. Orange double-breasted short coat, H&M.

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