SUMMER INFINITY COWL LOOP SCARF Incredibly Soft Multicolored Infinity Scarf hand-crocheted with a high quality acrylic yarn. Because of the cuddly softness, the scarf is incredibly comfortable and feels wonderful against the skin. I used Homespun yarn - a yarn that has a loosely spun, wavy strand that creates a unique texture and appearance. I originally made this scarf as a custom order for someone who loved the Painted Desert yarn but didn't want anything too warm or large. So I made this little accessory type of scarf that's great for adding some color to an outfit. It is actually big enough to provide a little warmth around the neck if needed, especially if both layers are kept together, wrapped around the neck, and one end is inserted into the other end, making a small neck warmer. Otherwise, when looped once or twice, it functions mainly as a fashion accessory and is great for spring and summer. What's so wonderful about this type of multi-color is it contains soooo many colors that the scarf is bound to match or complement almost any color top. (: The color is called "Painted Desert" and includes shades of rust, blue, teal, gold, and red. Homespun yarns are silky with a nice, subtle sheen Note: Each scarf I make with this type of self-striping yarn will look different from the others I've made, since it's hard to predict where the colors will show up in the scarf. Generally, the scarves always look similar with the many shades this yarn contains, but the striping of the scarf you receive will probably not match up exactly to the pictures. Yarn Content: 98% Acrylic/2% Polyester Yarn Brand: Lion Brand Homespun Label Color: Painted Desert (gold, red, bluish teal, blue, rust) Approximate Length (full circumference unstretched): 52 inches/132 cm Approximate Width: 3 inches/7.5 cm Thickness: 1/4 inch/.6 cm This yarn is 100% soft acrylic, so no itchiness. It’s long enough to be looped once, twice, and possibly three times on smaller sizes. Three loops will transform it into a cozy neck warmer. For scale, the mannequin represents a small woman (0 or 2), 12.5 inch neck, 34 inch chest, 24 inch waist, and 34 inch hips. The distance between shoulders is 15 inches. It's always a good idea to use a ruler or measuring tape to get a better idea of the actual size of the scarf (referencing the measurements given above). As with this scarf, I generally make my infinity scarves a traditional scarf width (infinity scarves can be as wide as 10 - 12 inches). The wider scarves may be fashionably dramatic, but the narrower ones are easier to manage and more flattering. This one can be put on quickly and easily—it falls into place without a lot of adjustment. For someone my size, 5’ 4” and small-boned, the larger scarves are overwhelming and heavy while the infinity scarves that are a more traditional scarf width look and feel perfect. This scarf is crocheted “in the round” to eliminate any seams. With infinity scarves, the very small area (1/2 inch wide) where I turn to start new rows will always look a little different from the rest of the scarf, but this can always be worn behind the neck, if desired. With this scarf, the striping will change some at this point. (: An infinity scarf provides versatility in both fashion and function. When worn closely to the neck, this yarn provides warmth, and the more loops around the neck, the warmer it will become. An Infinity scarf can be worn in a variety of ways… --Can be worn at full length as one large loop. This is good for warmer weather or when used purely as a fashion accessory. --Can be worn as two loops at different lengths for a double scarf look. Pull scarf over head, twist in front into a figure 8, pull loop you’ve just created over your head. Adjust to desired lengths. --Can be worn as two loops at equal lengths to create a cowl neck. --On small sizes, can be worn as three loops to create a snug neck warmer or bulky cowl -- great option for cold weather. CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Can be washed in cold and dried in dryer on low setting. However, I recommend either hand-washing in cold water and laying flat to dry, or washing on a gentle cycle in a lingerie bag and drying only a few minutes in the dryer. The gentler washing & drying prevents the yarn from frizzing over time. Avoid washing with heavier garments that cause friction. If using washing machine, avoid washing with items that have zippers, buttons, etc that may snag the yarn loops and pull on them or make the yarn fray. The general rule for washing crocheted items and keeping them looking as new as possible: the gentler, the better. (: The summer scarves are small enough that they're really easy to hand-wash in a sink, gently roll up in a towel to squeeze out excess water, then reshape and air dry. I like to add just a tiny bit of fabric softener when hand-rinsing to make the yarn even softer and static-free. Note: All yarns come with a bit of "factory residue" that causes a little stiffness. This will disappear with regular handling and/or the first wash, bringing out the true softness of the yarn. U.S. SHIPPING: I keep shipping to a minimum and offer First Class Package as the best value for price & speed. For multiple orders, I often use Priority Mail. For Ready to Ship items, I'll ship within two business days. For items made to order, I'll ship as soon as I have the scarf finished (within the time-frame stated in the listing title). I use the PayPal/USPS integrated shipping system whenever possible, so you will be provided with a delivery confirmation number by email from PayPal and/or Aftcra. Most First Class packages take two to five days to be delivered. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: I always combine shipping for multiple orders. I most commonly use USPS First Class International for shipping outside of the US. First Class International may take a longer time to arrive than other services, but it's much more affordable than Priority International (which usually runs $25 or more for a few ounces). Delivery time for international packages is usually 5 to 15 business days. Customs, bad weather, or national holidays can sometimes slow down a package with the occasional shipment taking around 30 days to arrive. This only happens to about 5% of my international shipments. (: In the last four years, USPS has raised prices significantly for First Class International, in some cases more than doubling the amount they used to charge before 2013. On a positive note, as part of that price increase, they include tracking and delivery confirmation as part of the First Class service for almost all the countries I ship to. To keep shipping costs down, I will use lightweight polymer shipping envelopes as often as possible. For multiple items, I may find a cardboard box is best. International Buyers Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to buying. PAYMENTS: I accept PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account, you will still be able to pay with a credit or debit card through PayPal. You can also pay from your bank account using an E-check (also through the PayPal system), but I won't be able to ship until the check has cleared, PayPal says it's okay to ship and allows me to print out a label. RETURNS: For now, I am not accepting returns, but am completely open to resolving any problems that may occur. I feel the best strategy is to head off any problems before they even happen. If you have any questions whatsoever about any items I am selling, please ask. Thanks for looking!