The Minute Purl & Loop loom is very cute and is a great tiny loom to make samples on. Comes in a pack of three and of course I like the one with the most pegs. I can get 20 ends of single yarns or 39 ends doubled up on the wee loom. Fabulous for a variety of patterns.
This pattern is my first and a general favorite. I picked this pattern in Weaving 1 for my first ever scarf. I made it again on my first alone weaving project. After making all these little samples I will also happily use it for a bracelet weaving class in the future.
It is from The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory, (page 39).
Mixed Twill 01 (Sails)
pattern grouping of 4 yarns
Row 1: over 1, under 2, 3, 4, repeat to end of row
Row 2: under 4, 3, over 1, 2, repeat to end of row
Row 3: over 1, 2, 3 under 4, repeat to end of row
Row 4: over 4, under 1, 2, 3, repeat to end of row
Repeat these four rows.
I made 7 samples before I found the yarn I will be using for my future samples.
This is the how the pattern looks on the weaving software.
These are all of the samples together, first straight off the loom and then washed up (washing machine for all and for the hemp & cotton in the dryer) except for the silk sample that did not get washed at all.
The top left is a thick cotton on the largest loom (5 epi – ends per inch).
I tried worsted merino on the mid sized loom (9 epi).
I also tried out a worsted hemp and wool yarn.
On the smallest loom (11 epi), I tried out many more yarns before hitting upon the one I want to use for all the rest. A thinner cotton yarn.
The worsted hemp looks great but was too stiff for the loom, made it hard to remove the sample from the loom pegs.
I warped on double strands in silk to test a 39 yarn ends sample.
It’s quite neat to see the different yarns up close. I have a macro lens on my camera that I used for all of these pictures! The yarn that shows the pattern most cleanly is a 6 ply hemp. I use tabby on the edges for a selvage and at the top and bottom for an even start to the piece.
Fresh off the loom.
After a wash and dry.
A few closeups.