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American Snowflake Scarf Weaving Pattern Download

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The 8-shaft Swedish Snowflake design has been popular since Mary Atwater first published it under that name in the August 1945 issue of Shuttle Craft Bulletin. Russell Groff published several versions in the 1960s and 1970s, and it became even more popular after a rewritten version of Atwater's draft appeared in Weaver's in 1991. This 6-shaft draft has the complex interest of the 8-shaft version, but with slightly shorter floats of 5 rather than 6 threads, and the advantage of a shorter threading sequence. Create a gorgeous scarf with this unique "modified" American snowflake structure.

Structure: Snowflake twill

Loom Type: 6-shaft loom

Finished Dimensions: 7¼" x 67". plus 5" twisted fringe at each end


Warp: 14/2 alpaca/silk (3,472 yd/lb; Valley Yarns; WEBS), Grey Teal, 576 yd

Weft: 18/2 wool/silk 5,040 yd/lb; Jagger-Spun Zephyr), Pewter, 422 yd

Warp Ends: 209

Warp Length: 2¾ yd long


Warp: 24 epi (2/dent in a 12-dent reed)

Weft: 23 ppi

Width in the Reed: 8¾"

Take up & Shrinkage: 18% in width and 3% in length

Project originally published in Handwoven magazine, May/June 2014