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Weaving on a Potholder Loom

Potholder looms (and potholder knitting) have been around since the rainbow-colored, polyester baby craft days. In fact, these are now considered a great way to do modern knitting. And they’re easy to use too!

Starting knitting on a potholder loom with blue and white loops

About a year ago I took a weaving workshop with a friend that focused specifically on using potholder looms to make small weavings. I was immediately captivated and found it to be a beautiful meditative process. Now it’s something I do when I want to take my mind off more stressful things. These pot holders are quick to knit (an hour or two from start to finish) and a lot of fun.

There are many ways you can customize them to make them more unique – with hand-dyed weaving loom loops, knot work, branches, yarn, etc. Lately, I’ve been thinking about ways I can incorporate ceramic elements, now that I’m making pottery, so I can make loops as well. sky is the limit!

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is… While it’s true that you make these weaves with a potholder loom, these are not Technicolor kids’ craft potholders that you can paint. These are nice pieces – things you can hang on the wall if you want. Obviously, these can also be used as actual potholders. But it can be more than that.

still! If you’re looking for a simple, innovative craft to try, click through. You only need 2 items to get started with this type of weaving. Which might actually be the best part.

Indigo blue weaving in progress on a red potholder loom

Neutral modern potholders placed in rows, all handmade

During the cold winter months, having a potholder loom on hand is a great way to keep your hands busy when you’re spending time indoors.

I learned to weave from a wonderful artisan, kate kilmurray, whose work is displayed in shops around the world. She also teaches online classes, so if you’re interested in learning more from an expert in this field, be sure to visit her.

What is a potholder loom?

A potholder loom is a basic loom with pins all around, used to weave potholder shaped pieces. The looms come in two sizes: 7 inches and 10 inches. The most common use of the two is 7 inches (called the traditional size).

History of Potholder Loom

I was curious how the potholder loom originated, so I looked it up.

The potholder loom was created in the 1930s as a way to reuse cut-off strips of hosiery and socks (called loopers). Earlier, these extra pieces of cloth were going to waste.

Therefore, sock factories began marketing these looms, which also included loops for use, as craft projects for housewives to make potholders. And in turn, the factory once created a way to make money from unused loopers.

Beige potholder loop in two different sizes, both inside clear bag

*The photo above shows a bag of Pro size loops on the left and a bag of Traditional size loops on the right.

Are there different size looms for potholders?

Yes. There are two sizes for potholder looms.

The 7×7 inch loom is called a traditional potholder loom.

And a 10 inch loom, which has a size of 10×10, is called a Pro size loom.

What size will the final weave be?

This depends on the loom you use. But generally speaking, if you use a 7×7 traditional size loom, your finished potholder weave will be approximately 6×6 inches.

And if you use a 10×10 Pro size loom, your final weave will be approximately 8×8 inches.

Potholder loops of different colors, placed on a wooden table

Source for knitting loom loop

The type of loom loop you use will play a big role in the final overall look of your weave.

There are all types of loops to choose from – cotton, wool, hand-dyed, recycled, etc.

And you can find them in several places online, including:

pot holder loop size

There are 2 basic sizes for potholder loops. Traditional size and Pro size. These sizes reflect the size of loom you are using.

So if you are using a 10 inch loom, that is pro size. And if you are using a 7 inch loom, this is the traditional size.

Screenshot of the Potholder Design Wizard that helps plan a potholder pattern

potholder loom pattern

There are plenty of pot holder loom patterns available for sale online (at Etsy, Amazon, and other online retailers).

But this is my favorite resource right now for making pot holder patterns (and it’s completely free). Potholder Design Wizard From Friendly Loom.

You can change the colors and choose from over 20 pattern designs. And if you like what you see, you can add the loops you need right there to your cart. Awesome feature, IMO.

But I also like it from a pattern planning perspective. It really helps to visualize things.

Should I buy a metal or plastic loom?

Pot holder weaving looms are made of plastic or metal or wood. but I do No Recommend using plastic loom.

The plastic ones are not of good quality and can break easily. Whereas with metal loom, it will always remain the same. Buy it once and you will use it forever. And metal looms are still very affordable (less than $20 for a traditional size).

Wooden looms are also very good. I wouldn’t suggest plastic.

Small weavings being done with two different sized potholder looms, with colorful loops on a table around them

Do you have to use the metal hooks that came with your loom?

No! You can use your hands to weave the entire potholder if you prefer. No hook required.

In fact, I was taught to use my hands to knit, not a hook. And I like it that way. Feels less hassle.

But if you like the hook better, that’s okay too. It’s really just a preference thing.

Books on Potholder Knitting

Looking for more knitting ideas?

Indigo blue potholder loop close-up in a ceramic container

The neutral weave is laid out in a stack on a wooden table after being made from a potholder loom

Indigo blue weaving being done on a traditional shaped potholder loom

Close-up of neutral weave being made on a pro size potholder loom, with hand-dyed loops and flowers on the table

Handmade woven pits lined up on wooden table in various earthy colors

A pile of woven potholders in earthy colors on a warm wooden table

Close up of indigo blue weaving, in the process of being made


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