A big fashion item in stores and catalogs this fall is the tube scarf or the “infinity” scarf, essentially a circle that you pull over your head. And at up to $175 for a cashmere tube scarf I was eyeing, not a likely addition to my scarf drawer unless I could find something to repurpose.
This turned out to be a really easy project. An extra-large man’s cashmere vest, at $2.00 from ARC Thrift, was all I needed. I threw it in the wash despite the dry clean only tag, realizing there are not a lot of dry cleaners on the Mongolian mountains where Kashmir goats reside. [Here are some good instructions for washing cashmere by machine].
After pressing, I cut the sweater bottom off right under the armhole, leaving the ribbing on. I folded over and zigzagged stitched the raw edges. I thought about serging, but didn’t feel like changing the thread on my serger.
Total cost = $2.00
Time = < 15 minutes (outside of throwing vest in washing machine and waiting for it to dry).
Voila! New Purpose—a cashmere tube scarf perfect for a cold Colorado winter.
And since it’s a little cool tonight, may have to wear when I go out to dinner!