Weaving on a little circular loom is a great way to use up those last bits of yarn. The ones that you keep because it’s lovely yarn but there’s not really enough to do much with? They’re perfect for a project like this.
- stand for small circular loom
- large circular loom
- small circular loom
- base for stand
The large circular loom can be turned into a decoration to hang on a tree or window.
Follow the same instructions for the large circular loom.
You can use almost any yarn to wrap the loom. In the image below I’ve used a fine fluffy Moonbroch laceweight yarn and a sturdy linen. The yarn in the how to pictures is a 4ply bfl alpaca.
You can choose to stop once you’ve wrapped the loom. This gives a more open appearance and would look beautiful in a window. You can also weave, adding texture and colour.
This is the only place where the instructions for the large loom differ – work through the 18th notch not the 13th.
Take the yarn up the back of the loom to the first empty notch to the right of the handing hole and go through this , then back to the first empty notch to the left of the wrap on the bottom.
This sounds way more complicated than it actually is – and if you go wrong it takes seconds to undo and try again.
If you don’t want to add any weaving you just need to add a hanging thread and you are done.
Weaving is fun. Give it a go.
Both of the circular looms in this kit have an odd number of notches. That means that as you weave over and under the wraps you can just keep going and you don’t need to worry about changing direction at the start of a round.
We’re going to start weaving just using the wraps on the top layer. Thread up the end that you left and start weaving under one wrap and over the next one.
Mistakes are blissfully easy to correct. Gently pull the working yarn towards the edge of the loom. This gives you space to pull the yarn back. You might need to do this a couple of times to get back to where everything is right.
There’s nothing that says you have to go with simple over 1 under 1 pattern. You can go over 2, 3, 4 or more – and under the same or a different number of wraps.
As you come lose to the end of your working yarn, finish by going over a wrap. Take your needle under your weaving (stating clear of that bottom later of wraps) and secure your working yarn. As decorations don’t ned strong joins I take the needle under the weaving and pull the working thread up through the middle of this. The working thread can then be trimmed.
To join in another colour you can either start weaving and leave a yarn tail which will be secured by the next round, or you can catch the end through the back of your existing weaving to secure it in place.
Keep weaving until you are happy. Turn the loom over and weave on the remaining set of wraps. If you weave a different design this gives a lovely effect as your decoration spins.
The larger loom needs an hanging thread and you are done, andthe smaller loom is ready to be added to the stand.
The rainbow version was worked with two round of Britsock in each colour , yarn held double.
You’ll find kits in the gifts section of the shop