I picked up a piece of checked wool at the thrift store (marked at 1.5 yards though it's a bit more) the last time I was there -- it was on sale for $1.63 with the daily discount so how could I say no? It was really nice, and I was sure I could make something from it.
When I got it home and held it up to myself, I realized that the check was much more square and boxy than I'd anticipated - close up it had a houndstooth vibe but in large view it's really just a mixed check. I wondered what I could do with it. I felt that the print was too blocky to really work as a skirt, and the weight was too stiff/dense for a top...
As I was pondering my husband wandered by and said, that would make a nice scarf. Bing! The lights went on. This fabric really is perfect for a classy scarf to go with his dress coat. There is exactly 5 feet of length, perfect for a simple scarf, and it is 60" wide. So I cut it into half and half again to get basically a long quarter strip of 15"wide and 5' long.
Then came the edge finishing. I wondered about what would be best, since there are no woven edges here! I looked up a few ideas, like this tutorial on Threads, and then just went ahead and tested a narrow hem all around. The tricky part was mitering the corners so there would be no lumps.
You could also fringe the ends for a bit if you like that look, but because this one is trying to be a sleek dress scarf, and it's a bit short for fringe, I didn't go for that this time.
I'm quite pleased with it. To wear it, it's best to fold it lengthwise and wrap around the neck. Sits smoothly and it's really warm!