Top 5 Weaving Patterns to Weave Today
It’s almost February, and, if you’re like me, you’re probably only now just recovering from all the holiday madness. Decorations are all put away, and the last of the New Year’s Eve party vegetable trays have finally been eaten. Now is the time to focus on weaving again. Finally!
Perhaps you got new weaving toys—I mean supplies—and are chomping at the bit to weave with your new perle cottons or throw your fabulous hand-carved hardwood shuttle. Or maybe you got a new type of loom—one with more shafts, or maybe your first rigid-heddle loom. Everything is so new and full of potential! All that’s left is to decide what to weave first!
If you’re dithering about projects and avoiding going through your project books or stashes of Handwovens, might I suggest checking out single weaving patterns? They’re perfect for trying out a new technique or type of project without committing to a whole book or eBook of patterns. They’re also nice because you get what you want and only what you want, sort of like ordering a la carte at a restaurant. Sometimes you don’t want rice and beans, you just want a tamale and a taco and maybe a side of extra guacamole. And sometimes you just want a pattern for a nice set of overshot towels and only that pattern.
Not familiar with our weaving patterns? Here are 5 of my favorite weaving patterns for different techniques and looms. They are perfect for using all your sparkling new supplies!
1. The Viking Draft for Towels: If you just got your very first 4-shaft loom, I cannot recommend this weaving project enough! Even if you’ve been weaving a while, it’s a nice project to have in your repertoire, especially if you have a stash of 8/2 cotton that is taking over your studio. Why do I love it so much? First, it’s a fun 4-shaft twill, so you can weave the first towel as written and then have fun playing with the treadling after. Second, it only uses two colors of 8/2 yarn—one in warp, one in weft—so it’s easy to make color substitutions. As a bonus, if, like me, you’re addicted to weaving 4-shaft twill towels in 8/2 cotton, this project is the perfect basis for future original designs.
2. Huck Lace and Tencel Scarf: Lacy, beautiful, versatile, and just 4 shafts, this scarf is a joy to weave and wear. It’s great for playing not only with Tencel but also with silk, bamboo, and other similar shimmery yarns. (Just make sure to check for sett and adjust accordingly.)
3. Little Rep Gems Coasters: I’m not going to lie: I find rep weave intimidating. Such thin threads that need to be sleyed at such a high sett! For those of us who are nervous about trying rep for the first time, the Little Rep Gems Coasters are the perfect project. Though they are sett at 60 epi, these little coasters are only around 4 inches wide in the reed, so warping is easy peasy. Even though I’m scared of rep, the warp-faced nature of it is appealing. It makes playing with colors easier because you don’t have to factor in how warp and weft will interact. Personally, although I love the warm jewel-tones used in the original project, I’m currently imagining them in colors inspired by the works of Piet Mondrian.
4. American Snowflake Scarf: I love snowflake twill. The name itself sounds beautiful and delicate. These scarves are a 6-shaft version of what is normally an 8-shaft pattern. While the scarves are woven with 2 different wool/silk blends, you could easily use either as both warp and weft depending on what you have in your stash. Lightweight but ridiculously warm, it’s the perfect winter project, especially if you were recently gifted some scrumptious Valley Yarns alpaca/silk from Webs or some Jaggerspun Zephyr.
5. Striped Napkins with Pick-Up: Here’s something for all you rigid-heddle weavers! If you’ve ever wanted to weave napkins or towels on your rigid-heddle loom, this is the perfect project to get you started. These napkins uses classic 8/2 cotton doubled and sett at a very rigid-heddle loom friendly 12 epi. They’re beautiful as-written with the pick-up accents or simply woven in plain weave. They’re also a good basis for other table linen projects; simply add a couple extra stripes and some more length to the warp to weave up towels or a runner.
These are just a few of my favorites. There are so many other wonderful projects available as individual weaving patterns including overshot towels, rep rugs, beautiful baby blankets, and elegant runners. There’s sure to be something (or a few somethings) for everyone to love.
Featured Image: These sweet little rep coasters by Susan E. Horton are the perfect project if you want to weave rep but are scared off by the thought of warping so many thin threads at such a high sett.
Get awesome weaving patterns at Interweave!