11.08.2011

double braided scarf tutorial


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as promised...today i give you the tutorial for the double braid version of my braided scarf.

the single braid tutorial that has gotten so much awesome feedback and love (sew, mama, sew! and prudent baby featured it in their round ups! holy SQUEEEE!) that i can't even cope. seriously. the pins, the comments, the emails, the traffic: they have been amazing. i love the bloggy and sewing world. i hope lots of folks will thrilled to receive these great handmade scarves, made by their loved ones, for christmas this year. or you could just be like me and make a bunch for yourself. that's cool. grinches gots to stay warm too.


to get this look for your scarf you will follow the single braid tutorial up through step 3. that is where we pick up.

we are basically just adding an extra knot (that we manually create by twisting rather that using the pull-through tie method like with the first braid) instead of the color-blocked closure on the other side. but this second knot is extra tricky because you have less length to work with and you have to kind of ghetto-make the knot.

here's how we break it down. this version is much more confusing to explain and photograph (especially since i used the exact same color combo as the single braid...whoops), so bear with me. i am adding notes underneath for the steps that arent self-explanatory.

b-remember which color you start with on the bottom.

h-put the opposite color on the bottom when you start to join your remaining two ends. if you dont do this, you wont end up with a symmetrical braid.

m through p: once both sides of the braid are twisted as pictured (feel free to add more twists than i did, just make sure you do it the same on both sides of this knot) you need to pinch same-colored ends together.

but if you look at the your already completed braid, you can see that we want one tip of our knot (the part of each knot where each color makes a u-turn and heads in the opposite direction) to come together on top of the contrasting color (purple in my example) and one tip to come together underneath its contrasting color (the turquoise).

in the first braid, these were simply the creases where we folded our long tubes in half in step 3a, but here we are taking the tails and will be sewing them together to make the finished u-turn shape.

SO, that means you need to make sure that you have one set sort of straddling (hiyo!) its contrasting color and coming together to meet up behind or underneath it. this is what step m is. my purple ends meet up underneath the two blue loops.

that means that my blue ends will come together on top of the purple at the other end of this knot. so in step n, you want to grab the blue ends. right now the top (as in north-most if the screen was a map) blue end is under the top purple bend and the bottom blue end is sandwiched on top of the bottom purple bend and underneath the top purple bend.

in step o, you want to pull your blue ends, together, backward through and underneath the purple bend that leads to that tippy top purple strand.

then in p you pull them forward again, but on top of the purple bend. the point where they come together should now rest atop both purple strands.

i realize this is super confusing in words, more confusing than it actually is to just do. but look at the pictures, watch the video if you need to, and play with yours a few times and you'll start to see where you're headed. to see if you are on the right track: pin your ends together after making your knot and then tighten to see if the finished product is right.

here is a video of me tying this second knot live, if that helps you more.


it is going to look at this point like you will never have enough length to make an actual scarf. that is fine. it's just because we havent tightened the knot yet. be patient and have faith. take heart, jesus has overcome the world. this scarf aint nothing.

for each set of raw ends: pinch them together side by side, aligning your original long seams from step 1. pin through all 4 layers to hold in place. repeat with the other pair of ends.


here is what you are going to take to the sewing machine: a jumbled mess with two ends pinned together with the hope of a brighter tomorrow.

now you are going to go back to the single tutorial and pick up at STEP 6 to finish the ends.

when you are finished machine and hand stitching, your scarf is going to look something like this (minus the hole, since i took this pic before hand-sewing mine shut):

this is going to make you kind of sad (or maybe its just my nasty carpet making you feel that way) but that's okay! your pretty double braid is in there! there is no such hope for our carpet; nothing pretty resides in it, just old cheez-it dust and doxy eggs.

now you are just going to slowly pinch, cinch and twist to get your braid looking right. this may take a few tries. see where your seams line up, how and where the fabric is bunching, and check to make sure the loops are staying even (that you arent pulling to one side more than the other). keep playing with it until you get it just how you like it. you cant really mess it up at this point because the knots are permanently sewn into that configuration.

this is how i like mine (you can see i flipped one of the knots around compared to the picture of this scarf at the top of this post so that i would have one knot going in each direction).

oh my gosh, i am so photogenic and at ease in front of a camera. it just comes naturally.

alas, those are lies. this photo session was as grueling as the first trying to get a usable photo of me. this one was actually even worse because the plumber was working right beside us this whole time.

i could give seminars.


and at this finished length, the scarf can be worn doubled over:

pretty cozy. however, it's a little more snug than i was comfortable with. if you intend to make yours for doubling, you might want to add some extra length (or use a very stretchy fabric) unless you are cool with looking like this while trying to put it on:

now we can all enjoy the view my mom's OB had 29 years ago.

as always, if you have any questions, please email me {putapuredukes (at) gmail (dot) com} and i will be glad to try to help.

and send me those pics of your completed scarves. they really make my day!

if you want to make these to sell, please let me know ahead of time and link back to me since i worked so hard on this tutorial.

and if you'd prefer to just buy a completed scarf, i am still selling these in lots of different color combos, in my etsy shop.

go in peace and with warm necks, my friends!
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66 comments:

  1. "now we can all enjoy the view my mom's ob had 29 years ago".....LOL...i just spit coffee all over my computer. nice.
    great tutorial...can't wait to make one {or many!}!

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    1. thanks cheri! sorry about your computer, but i hope it was worth it. :)

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  2. I am a mega lurker and never comment, but this post had me dying!! Your photo collage?!? Seriously, you need to write a book/be on tv, you are hilarious!! Nice tutorial also :)

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    1. thank you! i dont think HDTV can handle me.

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    2. I totally agree with Anonymous, you are a lot of fun! I came for the scarf but I'm staying for you!

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  3. THANK YOU!!!!! I am sooo excited for the tutorial! I was asking about it in pinterest and you are a life saver... no I just have to try and make one!!!


    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

    www.warfieldninjas.com

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  4. the photo collage...priceless...

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  5. She's crafty - she's gets around
    She's crafty - she's always down
    She's crafty - she's got a gripe
    She's crafty - and she's just my type
    She's crafty

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  6. Lurker here, too. Oh my gosh, I thought this post was going to be a tutorial! Instead it is comedic gold. The photo collage is hilarious - especially the captions. And that last photo? I bet the OB was scared. You are super funny. (And crafty.)
    P.S. What does the name tag on your jacket say?

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    1. http://www.putapuredukes.com/2011/11/what-my-name-tag-said.html

      all OB's are terrified of me. and you made my day with this comment!

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  7. Keight: Greeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaat, I just bought zippers today to make pants and of course had to peak in here! Low and behold you've got the double braid tutorial! So gonna make scarves instead of pants today! You are AWESOME my darling girl!! Thank you!! Thank you!! Okay gotta run now and get some sewing done during 'Horrible Bosses'. Again thank you! Love you pictures and your commentaries! Too funny!! -Debbee

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  8. So awesome! I was working on a tshirt quilt when I came across the single braid tutorial, and it was perfect for all the plain tshirt backs, so I made 3 then. Now I can make even more without my husband telling me I have too many of the same scarf. :-)

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    1. hahaha i know! how can you NOT have one in every color combo

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  9. you write the BEST tutorials!!!

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  10. I am confused do you just use pieces of fabric to make these? They are so cute!

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  11. @jenna. what do you mean exactly? yes, you just use pieces of fabric. but they need to be the right size and type. i talked at length about fabric options and selection in the single braid tutorial, maybe that would help? you could really use anything and get lots of different varieties of scarf out of it. quilting weight cotton would make a nice lightweight spring-time scarf, the jersey is what i used and i even had a reader use old sweaters for a really warm scarf to get her through canadian winter!

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  12. Saw this on Pinterest several times. Tonight I read your tutorial and decided I had the perfect fabric on hand. I used two shades of cream/beige in a stretchy velvet. One was smooth with a pattern, the other had a crushed appearance. I set up my iPad next to my work surface & went to work. Your pics were the most helpful, particularly with the knots. The only change I made was that I did only one knot. I was afraid my length would be too short with two knots. It's very elegant & of course, soft. I wish, though, that I had done two knots. I'll be posting pics tomorrow on my own blog: easycreativestoday.blogspot.com. Thanks for your creativity!

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    1. awesome! thanks so much for writing

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  13. What type of fabric did you use and where did you buy them?

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    1. knit jersey interlock from joann

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  14. LOVE this. Found you on Pinterest

    <3 New Follower

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  15. As a professional photographer I loved your commentary on your photo shoot! :)

    I want to know what the badge on your jean jacket says. :)

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    1. http://www.putapuredukes.com/2011/11/what-my-name-tag-said.html

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    2. um this web address is not working please tell me what your name tag said!!
      also, i am going to sell a couple scarfs, this is going to be one of them!!
      thank you soooooo much for the post! u are hilarious!!! <3!

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  16. Ok, I think this is the funniest thing I have read all week. I'm now your new BFF. Great Tutorial, just the right amount of hilarity and stabbityness. Thanks!! XXO

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  17. I'll bet Mom objected to the glasses...

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  18. I've visited your blog many, many times to look at scarf tutorials, to read your birth stories (hello, hilarious) and for Jesus-y posts...never realizing that it is all the same blog. You're a multitalented provider of awesome posts. Thanks!

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    1. thank you so much. that essentially makes my day. seriously.

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  19. How much fabric is needed? Thanks!

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    1. about a yard total. i make mine using 58" jersey and get a 1/2 yard of each color.

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  20. Thank you for this great tutorial AND the hilarious pictures and commentary...it has made this project really fun!

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  21. Brand new to your blog and got here via
    blog.craftzine.com. My gods woman! Like Cheri, I spit coffee all over my computer. Do you know how hard it is to get coffee out of a laptop keyboard? :-þ

    Thank you for the delightful tutorial! I'll be making a few of these as soon as I can get to the fabric store. Awesome, Lady!

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  22. I just wanted to let you know that I found you through pinterest and well basically I love you. Yup I am a girl. Yup I am totally straight. But I kind of sort of have a little crush on you. I sent some of your blogs to one of my friends and you have now become the talk of the town-- well we don't live in the same town... or the same region really but hey whatever. Birth totally grosses me out but you somehow got me to read every single birth story you wrote and I laughed and didn't puke. Anddddd also, for having two kids, damn girl you lookin' goooood and then some. So stop putting yourself down. I like you and that is probably all that matters?

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  23. Absolutely love this idea. So unique. I have a lot of friends on facebook, twitter and my site who will appreciate this tutorial. We will be featuring you on our blog later today! It is great to connect with you. I found you on pinterest!
    Nice to meet you, Jackie.

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  24. I have been working on this double braid for HOURS! I cannot get it right! I know I have the first braid right. Then it looks like I am doing what you are doing on my second one. Then when I sew the ends together, I have a knotted up mess! I just can't figure it out! Help!

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    1. AG! i dont know! sometimes it will look tangled even if you did it right,you just have to prod and wiggle to get it into shape. i am not sure what exactly you are doing. did you watch the video? this is a sort of confusing concept to articulate.

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  25. You are hilarious!!! And your scarfs are so amazing! I'm going to try and make one myself tonight!

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  26. SHE STOLE YOUR WORK

    http://shanteamac.blogspot.com/2012/06/spring-2012-london-fashion-week.html#comment-form

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    1. thanks for the heads up, i lef ta comment nicely asking her to link and give me credit as that is MY picture. but she deleted the comment.

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    2. no, she left a link...in a random place. that blog makes no sense to me

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  27. Love your blog and tutorials! Just one question, did you use the same amount of fabric in the double knot as you did for the single knot scarf? Thanks!!

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    1. yes i did. i liked the finished length but you could totally lengthen it to your heart's desired. just mess with your original starting rectangles and make the 58-60" side longer.

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  28. You are brilliant!! I love your creativity!!

    Took me a few hours but got there after doing it the wrong way...giving up, eating dinner and then having another crack at it.
    I just finished making you scarf! Thanks so much!

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  29. OMG you are awesome!

    Thanks so much for this tutorial.

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  30. Love the scarf, love the tutorial, but loved the laughs the most! It's not easy to get me laughing out loud but you sure did. Thanks for the great end to my day!

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  31. Christine Riese7/13/12, 10:04 AM

    funniest tutorial ive ever read. plus its awesome and everyone i know is getting this for chirstmas.

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  32. Love the idea and the tut. You are so funny. Priceless. Gave my morning a laugh.

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  33. I just laughed like a mad woman for at least a full minute! You are too funny! I thought I was going to die looking at your photos. I'm glad I'm not the only one with pictures like that!

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  34. Omg love this tutorial and actually think i can do it!! Thanks so much and you are hilarious!! :)

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  35. love your sense of humor <3 and the scarf

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  36. Holy crap...the pictures....the pictures of you make reading what should've been another boring tutorial SO worth while! Wow, you are awesome and I think I want to be your best friend! Seriously, cause WOW! The deer in the headlights look is totally fab, but you pulled out all the stops with you r view from the womb! Hahaha! I may even try the scarf out!

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  37. Holy crap...the pictures....the pictures of you make reading what should've been another boring tutorial SO worth while! Wow, you are awesome and I think I want to be your best friend! Seriously, cause WOW! The deer in the headlights look is totally fab, but you pulled out all the stops with you r view from the womb! Hahaha! I may even try the scarf out!

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  38. This tutorial was inspiring & also very entertaining. Thanks for that!

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  39. I DID it!!! Thanks a ton!!!

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  40. I am so NOT a scarf person, and yet after seeing your tutorial, I HAVE to make one. I love your sense of humor. It's hard to have your picture taken, but try smiling at the camera like it was your kid saying "I love you". That usually works for me.

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  41. Qué chula esta bufanda!! Puede quedar genial en blanco y negro ahora que estan tan de moda las rayas! ;)

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  42. Wow great tutorial. I do have a lot of plain scarfs at home that could be combined with each other. I should try this soon before the scarf-season is over!

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  43. Sadness... the video here is private!

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  44. Sadness... the video is set to private!

    (Yes I'm the same gal who bugged you about the video. Clearly - I'm struggling :-p)

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  45. Thank you so much

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  46. omg...the best part of this was the picture collage and commentary at the end!

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