No Knit Rose Crazy-Wool Scarf

There’s something about being able to put the ‘pedal to the metal’ and also make something so pretty! ‘Endless possibilities of designs & colours, not to mention that this No Knit Rose Crazy-Wool scarf is one of a kind!

melting edges of fabric

Sure, add it in:

If you know what Crazy-wool is, any leftover yarn or wool can be used to come together to make a ‘fabric’ so I took it up a notch and added some fabric. Typically only yarn is used between Water Soluble Stabilizer and then free-motion sewn until stable enough to hold together. This light polyester fabric would help add the rose pedal shapes in this flower design.

Alright, let me warn you that you should be careful when using an open flame for this! Bringing the edge closet to the flame will slightly melt it to prevent fraying. I did this when I made the roses for a special wedding. Do not light it one fire, so short and quick is the key!

closeup of placement of yarns

Once you have all the pedals made, collect some colours to suggest flowers and leaves. Lay out the bottom layer of stabilizer (length of scarf) and arrange the yarn. If you look at roses you will see how the images are quite simple; like a bunch of swirls! Don’t be too picky! When I made the purse I used the same imagery. I love it since it’s so easy!

TIP: Used yarn/wool that has some fuzziness to it as it’s more likely to ‘catch’ in the sewing and hold together.

layout the yarn and fabric

Use a variety of yarns and colours. Keep the yarn within the width of your stabilizer. I personally like thinner but longer scarf for more versatility. If you find it too long to work with you can work in sections to join later.

making a sandwich of stabilizer

A Sandwich:

Add another layer of Stabilizer on top of your design. The hardest part of this method is keeping the yarns in place, but then again you don’t have to knit or crochet.

ironing crazy-wool scarf

If it’s too bulky and thick you can place a sheet of parchment paper on top and iron it to flatten better. I had experimented with a slight dampening to adhere the 2 layers together but that depends on your specific brand and also the amount of water. This soluble stuff dissolves quite easily so be careful. I’ve had good luck with just pinning a lot.

presser foot sewing crazy-wool scarf

The Fun Stuff:

Carefully, transport (roll or fold) the length to the sewing machine. I used a simple clear foot and loosened the presser foot pressure to allow easy moving as it sews. The are also free-motion or darning presser feet specially made for this. They will lift up and down as it sews. You do not need to turn as you sew, just hold and move it around as it sews. I used a random swirl as it’s very easy to manage. You can also have a grid-work but that is less forgiving.

TIP: To keep the yarn in place before going further it may help to first sew around the entire shape.

sewing crazy-wool scarf


Yo can use a contrast colour, matching colour or even a clear transparent thread. I used black in the background and colours in the roses.

Crazy-wool scarf  sewn and shows stabilizer at sewing machine

Crazy-Wool so fast:

Zoom zoom zoom! Foot on the pedal and zooming around and around. It’s such fun since there are little rules here! Before you know it, it’s done.

Crazy-wool scarf on mannequin sewn and shows stabilizer closeup details

Can you see it?! The Pretty Crazy-wool Rose?! A few loops in the middle add a nice detail.

Crazy-wool scarf on mannequin sewn and shows stabilizer closeup

As an illustrator I get excited to makes images in different ways! Drawing with a sewing machine; endless possibilities.

Crazy-wool scarf on mannequin sewn and shows stabilizer

Almost Done:

If there are some edges that need defining, you can cut off the yarn. If you made it in sections they can be overlapped and sewn with some swirls to attach. Who says that you can’t make something quite unique such as a garment?! It just takes more planning…

detail of Crazy-wool scarf

Pretty Roses!

How remarkable that a few strands of wool look like a flower! Take the scarf to a sink and rinsing carefully in warm water; the stabilizer disappears quickly. Even the edges will be quite interesting and almost lace-like. I think it reminds me of drawing; that’s what makes me like it so much.

closeup of Crazy-wool scarf on mannequin
Crazy-wool scarf on mannequin

Make up a colour combination of your own, or maybe some shapes that are YOUR favourite. Whatever you chose; it will definitely be unique!

Another great thing; you can use up all that yarn that needs a purpose… Maybe a small ‘try’ like a placemat or a small picture design or a table-runner or a… you decide. Happy making!

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  1. Wow, the things I learn from you! I’ve never heard of ‘water soluble stabilizer’. You are always an inspiration, and often as now, an education. Thanks much…

    1. When I was younger, we did not have the internet so we had to learn the hard way! We are so fortunate now and this allows so much creativity! It’s hard to curb all my ideas!!! I sometimes run in crazy circles of creativity… One idea leads to another – to another – to another!!!

  2. You have outdone yourself with this fantastical design! Stunning. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. It’s been a joy to watch your artistic ability grow over the past few years. You are amazingly talented.

    1. As I see it; all my different crafts and art forms are all coming together, in whatever way I dream up… I’ve always loved sewing since getting a machine for my birthday at 12 years old. Drawing and sewing collide! Enjoy!

  3. Hello Barb, I am so glad to find you and you are amazing! Loving the piece here and your directions. I now believe that it is time to learn to use my new sewing machine, as I have had it for about 5 years. Inspiration from you! Smiles, judy

  4. Barb,
    This is absolutely a work of art. Stunning. Do you have any pics of the finished piece laid out flat to see the detail?
    Can you clarify for me, does the yarn have to be wool or or are you using stretched bits of wool and yarn?

    1. I do not use the felting qualities of wool for this. If wool felts it will also shrink. This just uses the sewing and the fuzziness of some of the fibres. There really are no rules and doing a small test would help. It’s a version of free motion embroidery… make it your own! Love the soluable stabilizer! Did you see the bowls?