Little Looms 2017 Patterns

Two New Pin Loom Patterns

Two of my pin loom patterns appear in the 2017 Little Looms magazine by Handwoven. You are going to love them.

Pin Color Flow Rug

First, the Color Flow Rug. I call it Color Flow because the colors transition nicely due to the quadrant squares between the solid squares. Because you change colors during the warping and weaving process, part of the square is solid, and part of the square is a mixed color. The twisted cord tassels really finish off the rug nicely.

Pin Geo Waves Scarves

Second, the Geometric Waves Scarves. These striking scarves are actually just solid squares sewn with a dark color on one half and a light color on the other. The lines are all embroidered on. If you use wool, it can be felted. Just be sure to make it extra long as it will shrink in the felting process!

Check out these and more great patterns in the 2017 Little Looms magazine.

What are you weaving?

Pin Loom Woven Gift Bags

Weave your own gift bags!

 

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Christmas is four days away and I decided today that I just had to weave 8 little drawstring gift bags for family members! Shouldn’t be too hard with a toddler and preschooler around. Not to mention that there is paint involved. What could go wrong?

I love these bags because they can be personalized to match the recipient and can be made for any season or reason. The color of yarn and stencil do all the work!

What you need:

Yarn

4 inch pin loom (I use the Zoom Loom)

Stencil and paint brush

Paint and some form of paint tray

Scissors, yarn needle

How-to Make a Drawstring Gift Bag

Plain weave 8 four inch squares per gift bag. I sewed the squares together so they were 2 x 4, then folded it in half so it was 2 x 2 with the top open. I always sew on the inside and use the double overcast method. It seems to make the nicest looking join on the front (in my humble opinion) and is sturdy for holding things in the bag.

Next I made a twisted cord. (I started with about 16 feet of yarn, twisted it, folded it in half and let it twist on itself.) Then I turned the bag inside out, folded the top of the bag over the cord, and sewed it to the bag making sure not to sew through the cord. I centered the cord in the bag and tied a knot about eight inches from the bag and trimmed off the rest.

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I bought several stencils at the store making sure they were small enough to fit on a project 8 inches square. I turned the bag right side out, inserted a piece  of paper in the bag (so the paint wouldn’t soak through to the other side), and painted the desired scene. To give it extra pizzazz, I used a Sharpie marker to add shading.

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And voila, I was on my way to making the gift bags I needed. Excuse me now, I need to weave more squares for the rest of the gift bags!

 

Christmas Pin Loom Project Set

Pin Loom your Christmas decorations and gifts this year!

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These festive woven projects have you and your friends’ names written all over them. Who doesn’t love a gnome? Add a little snowman to your indoor collection. Decorate with a beautiful wreath and garden flag. Relax on these lovely pillows. It truly is amazing what you can create with squares with a little shaping and sewing.

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Each project is made with 4″ squares done in plain weave. (The pattern does NOT include how to plain weave.) Projects range from 1 to 38 squares, making them quick and easy to make.

The pattern includes:

~11 unique designs

~Step-by-step photos

~Templates for the felt pieces

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Pattern also includes instructions on how to turn some of these things into magnets, little gift bags, greeting cards, and more.

Projects shown here are made with Red Heart Soft yarn. Not only is it soft, it also has a nice sheen. This is a great yarn for pin looming.

The pattern and templates for the Christmas Pin Loom Projects are now available in the store. Learn more about the Christmas Pin Loom Pattern Set here.

Halloween Pin Loom Projects

Halloween Pin Loom Projects

Scarecrow made with pin loom squares

Pin loom your Halloween decorations this year!

Choose from 11 unique designs, each created to make this Halloween special for everyone. Welcome friends with a Frankenstein garden flag. Dress up your flower pots with little scarecrows. Decorate your tables with pumpkins and ghosts. Treat your friends with spooky treat bags.

This pin loom set includes written instructions to make 11 spooky and festive designs, with step-by-step photos as well as the templates to cut out all the shapes pictured. Each project uses between 1 and 17 squares making them quick and fun projects. They are all made using plain weave squares.

Projects include pumpkins, ghosts, frankensteins, a bat and a scarecrow. Make a coaster, treat pouch, refrigerator magnet, table decorations and more.

NOT included, instructions on how to pin loom. All patterns use 4″ squares.

Monster Treat Bags each made wtih 2 pin loom squares

Gift your BFF or the little monsters in the neighborhood with a cute little treat pouch. Template for felt shapes are included in the pattern.

Pin Loom Pumpkin with Scared Cat Sillhouette

Decorate your home or office with a fun pin loomed pumpkin. Template for black cat is included in the pattern.

Garden Flat of Frankenstein made with pin loom squares

Welcome trick or treaters to your door with a monster garden flag. Template for felt shapes are included in the pattern.

Halloween Pin Loom Projects

The pattern and templates for the Halloween Pin Loom Projects are now available in the store. Learn more about the Halloween Monsters and Pumpkins Pin Loom Project Pattern.

What Can You Make With 8 Yards of Yarn?

What can you make with only 8 yards of yarn?

8 yards is not a lot of yarn. And yet, that’s all it takes to make a 4″ x 4″ square on a pin loom. But how does that compare with the more popular crafts like knit and crochet? I decided to test it out with some basic swatches.

8 yards in single crochet, double crochet, stockinette knitting and pin looming

All swatches are made with Red Heart Soft in Guacamole (a worsted weight yarn). Let’s start at the top.

Pin Loom Square (pictured top center)

The pin loom square is about 4″ x 4″. This square is shown in the pattern Weave 4 from Original Loomette Weaving (a free downloadable pattern book is available on eLoomaNation).

Double Crochet (pictured right)

Double crochet swatch worked in rows with an H / 5.00 mm hook measures 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″.

Stockinette Knitting (pictured bottom center)

Stockinette swatch worked in rows on size 8 / 5.00 mm needles measures 3 3/4″ x 3″.

Single Crochet (pictured left)

Single crochet swatched worked in rows with an H / 5.00 mm hook measures 3 3/4″ x 2″.

What does it mean?

This isn’t an exhaustive study of pin loom vs. crochet vs. knitting by any stretch of the imagination. But I think it’s a fun simple illustration of the potential pin looming has when it comes to maximizing design with minimal supplies. Or more simply stated…pin looming is a great tool for stash busting.

Pin Loom Baby Blanket Pattern and Alphabet Set

Pin loomed baby blanket with Alphabet Set squares.

Obviously changing hook or needle size as well as stitch pattern will influence the size of a swatch in both crochet and knitting. This quick little test was more about camparing the basics of each craft rather than an indepth study of any of the three.

As you might guess based on the sizes of the swatches, the pin loom square is the lightest and most flexible. As the swatches get smaller, the fabric becomes more dense creating a more solid and sturdy swatch with single crochet being the most hefty of the bunch.

There’s not a lot you can make with only 8 yards of yarn (maybe a coaster or doll blanket). But the possibilities abound when you have several strands of yarn that are 8 yards long. As pictured in the swatches above, you can make 32 squares with one skein of Red Heart Soft. At 4″ x 4″ per square, it would only take 2 to 3 skeins of yarn to make a baby blanket! If you’re using yarn remnants, the patchwork possibilities are endless! You can make bags, blankets, shawls, curtains, and more.

So, don’t throw away your old left over yarn remnants. Save them up for pin looming!

Pin Loom Pattern Baby Blanket and Alphabet Set

Baby Blanket with Crochet Edge Pin Loom Pattern with 36 New Pin Loom Square Patterns

Pin Loom Baby Blanket and Alphabet and Number Set

Create your own baby blanket by pin loom weaving! This sweet little baby blanket was made with a 4″ Zoom Loom, 2 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn and a size H crochet hook!

The Zoom Loom allows you to weave on the go (or while watching the kids play on the playground in my case). It creates 4″ squares that can be joined by needle or hook. Then, you can dress it up (if you want) with a bit of crochet edging (crochet is still my first love, so you know I couldn’t resist adding that).

This baby blanket pin loom pattern includes:

  • 26 capital letters (A-Z)
  • 10 numbers (0-9)
  • 3 Join Options (2 with needle, 1 with crochet hook – with illustrated photos)
  • Baby Blanket Instructions (assembly and crochet edging pattern)
  • Photos on setting up the warp and weave of the Zoom Loom
  • Photo examples of 1 and 2 color options

The baby blanket pictured measures 25 1/2″ x 25 1/2″…the perfect size for car seat or stroller.

The Baby Blanket and Alphabet Set Pin Loom Pattern is available in the store.

Available in the Store