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Sep 7, 2011 13:55:02   #
BGL
 
Some time ago, someone asked the same question - did anybody ever come up with an answer? Is it based on the age of the wearer?
I am talking about a scarf for winter warmth, where it is definitely needed for several months. Should the length be proportionate to the width, or is there an average length based on the age, or interest of the wearer?
Christmas is coming, and I have several males, in the 25-50 age range for whom I would like to make a good winter scarf (and hopefully a hat, but that's not a size issue).
Your thoughts?
Thanks in advance!
Barbara
 
Sep 7, 2011 14:18:43   #
Loistec
 
Hi, I think it depends on the wearer.

Some patterns say 60" is a good length, some say 36" is adequate.

It depends on the scarf pattern. If its skinny, you can make it longer and they can wrap it around their neck more than once.

I would think once around the neck and the ends long enough to tuck into a jacket would be sufficient for a man, but some people are taller than others.

Try to measure the person you are gifting is my recommendation.
Sep 7, 2011 14:26:55   #
e.ridenh
 
What '''style''' scarf, BGL, is it that you want to make?

One can just cross a warm scarf inside a coat, pull it (the scarf) up some and not have that style flap in the wind or snag on things while choreing, doing sports, etc.

Or it can be longer to be flipped around the neck once.....longer for twice.....it can be tied in a single knot, too. This determines the '''length'''. The formula is in the '''style'''.

How will fringe affect the length?

So, it's about the style that leads to the length. What style are you intending to make?

Take an expanse of yarn and put it around ones neck......measure....cross it.......measure......flip it around the neck.....measure.....give all of them some slack......measure........double flip around the neck.....measure.....knot it......measure.

As I craft that beginning chain, I make in on the length, I can verify if it's a nice length, determine the final style, etc. If it's too short, I can add to the ends - many times.

For the knit, I make it on the length and use the stitch gauge to determine inches. Because I put yarn around my neck, decided the style and measured I can run the math and how many to CO.

I make them on the short end, too and this can just go on until I'm satisfied with the length.

A soft tape measure is ideal for this work. Sewing kits have these. Pop it around ones neck, eh.......measure. If just your own, add a few inches for good measure.

Are you going to make this on the short or long end? Do short row work and you can always add to it or take away from it before it's an FO.

Boys and men necks are not that much thicker than a female's, so just add a few inches. A thick neck would mean add more inches. They won't be that much different as it's the thickness of the neck + the style that is considered; Gender isn't needed so much as the style and thickness of the neck - all will be different.

If you have scarves there in the house, measure them. Stores, too have scarves of various styles. I carry a tape measure on my key chain.

Flip that soft tape measure around your neck, eh? It's an invaluable tool.

Good luck, Sweetie and have a goodin'!

Donna Rae!
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BGL wrote:
Some time ago, someone asked the same question - did anybody ever come up with an answer? Is it based on the age of the wearer?
I am talking about a scarf for winter warmth, where it is definitely needed for several months. Should the length be proportionate to the width, or is there an average length based on the age, or interest of the wearer?
Christmas is coming, and I have several males, in the 25-50 age range for whom I would like to make a good winter scarf (and hopefully a hat, but that's not a size issue).
Your thoughts?
Thanks in advance!
Barbara
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Sep 7, 2011 14:43:12   #
rolyn63
 
I'm finding that the younger guys like the longer, skinny scarves. Now, if they will be wearing it as Donna Rae said - while being active - you may want to keep the fringe off. My DD finds that the long strips get in her way, so she would rather not have them on the scarves I make for her. I learned that my SIL and oldest son are the same way. Younger son says that it doesn't matter, just not a really long fringe if any. The older men will most likely like the wider shorter ones, they may like to tuck it into the coat, as Donna Rae pointed out. If I'm making a long skinny one, I usually make it about 12 - 18 inches shorter than the person I am making it for, unless I am told that they like to wrap it more than once around the neck. The shortest I've made one is right about 45" - I used leftover yarn so I was running out. I tried to get it to 48" just didn't make it. But, that is for my DD who is only 5'2". Her hubby is a full foot taller than she is, so if I ever make him one, which is doubtful cuz he says that he would "burn up" with one made of yarn, I would make it about 60" long. I make them from 3 - 5" wide, depending on whom I'm making them for. I hope that this helped you.
Sep 7, 2011 16:14:13   #
Newstitchaday
 
I think a good rule of thumb is to make the scarf at least as long as they are tall. Perhaps a little bit longer.
 
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