Monday, January 4, 2021

How to Weave a Neck Scarf With Yarn and Posterboard


This is a re-post of a popular project of mine that first appeared over four years ago. Because of the pandemic, I think most of us are looking for things to do to keep us busy while we are confined at home. Making a neck scarf using a skein of yarn and posterboard is a fun way of staying busy, and making something useful during these cold winter months. 

I must first apologize to all those talented enough to be able to knit or crochet. I can do neither.  My creative and artistic late mother-in-law tried her best to teach me but I just couldn't pick up the techniques.  Fortunately, I did manage to acquire the love of crafting from this wonderful lady, for which I am forever grateful.

Weaving yarn using posterboard is pretty much like using the board as a loom, to "knit" a neck scarf. To make one, you just need posterboard, ruler, scissors, and a skein of yarn  I would not recommend using thick yarn for this because the weave gets very, heavy and too bulky for your neck.  Believe me, I had to learn this the hard way.

The following tutorial is very detailed, but once you get the hang of it, making the scarf goes rather quickly.

Let's begin -
1.  Take a piece of posterboard (I started with cardboard from a box and switched to posterboard for better stability) and measure it 38 1/2 inches long ( this is the length of the posterboard I had) and five inches wide.  (38 1/2" x 5")    But you can make it any length you want.   Mark 1 1/4" wide and 2" inch long lines and cut the lines into segments. 
Each segment should be 1 1/4 inches wide.

2.  After cutting the lines, fold down every other segment . . .

3.  And then cut off the folded down alternate segments.

4.  Next, pick up the yarn and make a loop on the end, tying a knot and placing the loop on the first left segment.

 5.  Loosely loop yarn in front of and back of all the segments over to the end of the right side.
6.  Wrap around the last segment and continue weaving back to the left side and then the right side, back and forth, for a total of four times.

7.  Ending on the left side, leave yarn hanging loose on the last left segment.
There should be two loops in the front of each segment.

8.  On the right hand side - on the last segment, hold the top loop in place with your finger and pull the bottom loop over the top loop - up and over and off of the segment. Repeat for each segment - right to left.
9.  As you are weaving, push all the loops down so the loops won't accidently come off of the segments - you should see one loop on each segment.
10.  Again, wrap the yarn around the first segment (left) and continue weaving to the right until you see two loops on each segment and begin lifting the bottom loop over the top and off.  You will see a ladder effect on the back after the first few rows of weaving.

  11.  Continue weaving left to right, for two loops on each segment and starting on right side, lift bottom loop over top loop and off, until you have your desired length.

12.  When it's time to cast off, leave one loop on all the segments and don't weave any more new loops, and just leave the yarn hanging down on the left of the last segment.

13.  Starting with the segment on the right side, pull the bottom loop up and over and let it go. Place the remaining loop on the segment to the left. Repeat pulling bottom loop up and over and let go.

 14. Repeat this until reaching the left side end.

15.  Pull the yarn through the last loop, cut with scissors and pull it tight. Tie both ends together.   *If you see any loops sticking out, just stretch the whole piece by pulling on it.

I love wrapping this around my neck!  It's so fuzzy and warm and looks super chic!

If you have a skein of yarn and some posterboard, have fun and weave one of these. You will love it!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy,

Happy Crafting!



  1. What a nice winter project to make Gail. I love the yarn and the scarf looks so pretty. Enjoy wearing this scarf for the winter months.

    1. Thanks so much Julie! I loved how easy the scarf is to make that I had my craft class make some before the pandemic!

  2. How clever! It reminds a bit of finger-knitting, something I tried several years ago after knee surgery. The scarf is beautiful, Gail!

  3. Gail, you continue to amaze me with your fabulous projects. happy Sunday.


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