I was out shopping and spotted this beautiful wool/cashmere mix in Ditto.

I knew it wasn’t a good idea for me to make a garment (such a fine, loose weave wool is fairly disastrous when you have pets), so I bought a square and decided to make a shawl.

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It is such simple thing to do, and allows you wear a piece of fabric you love without making a long term commitment. You could still turn it into something else later.

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First step was to straighten the grain.

Pull one thread from the selvedge of the fabric near the cut edge, I used tweezers to ensure only grabbing one thread…

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When you pull the thread out it will leave a slight ‘shadow’ giving you a perfectly true line to cut along.

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Select a very narrow zig zag stitch…

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Once the edge is cut true, zig zag stitch along parallel to the raw edge…

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Pull away the threads of the fabric from the raw edge. As you peel the threads away a short fringe will appear. It is especially effective with this fabric as the warp and weft are different colours.

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And there you have it.

So next time you see a gorgeous piece of plain woven wool in the shops why not buy a square and turn it into a cosy shawl? You could always make a garment from it later.

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