A Tisket A Tasket Basketweave Cowl

When I first started pin-loom weaving, I was amazed at how many different ways you can take the squares beyond the basics of simple plain weave. For example, there are hand-manipulation techniques you can use to create texture and pattern in your pin-loom weaving. For example, in her A-Tisket, A-Tasket Basketweave Cowl from Easy Weaving with Little Looms 2018, Deborah Bagley uses a simple technique to create pattern and texture in each pin loom square. Instead of weaving over-under-over-under to create a plain weave, she skips various overs and unders to create a basketweave pattern using floats.

A-Tisket, A-Tasket Basketweave Cowl

Deborah uses a simple technique to create a basketweave pattern in the pin-loom squares for her A-Tisket, A-Tasket Basketweave Cowl.

The coolest part about this particular technique is that once you’ve learned the basics and gotten comfortable with a pattern such as this one, you can use it to start designing your own patterns in your pin-loom squares. You can strategically create floats to weave twill on your pin loom or make shapes such as hearts, diamonds, chevrons, and more. Once you get started a whole world of design awaits you—all on a simple little loom.

If you like pin-loom weaving and want to take your projects beyond the basics of plain weave, give this project a try. It’s the perfect way to learn a new technique, and when all is said and done you’ll have a lovely cowl to show off!

Happy weaving,


Featured Image: Close up of Deborah Bagley’s A-Tisket, A-Tasket Basketweave Cowl.

Project at a Glance:

Equipment Needed: 4” x 4” pin loom; 5” weaving needle; tapestry needle; G-6 (4 mm) crochet hook (optional).

Yarn: 220 Superwash (Cascade Yarn) #812 Turquoise.

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