Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rosebud - pattern for a pin loom blanket

This is a blanket made using 2" x 2", 4" x 4", 2" x 4" and 4" x 6" pin looms. It measures 50" x 60" (126 cm x 152 cm). My intention was to capture the flavor of an Amish quilt, with the joins between the individual weavies substituting for the quilting. It is called "Rosebud" because that was the idea for the stylized flower in the corner of each piece.

As with any quilt pattern, the variety of pieces in each block opens the possibility of tremendous variability in the final design. Personally, I like the simplicity of using a dominant color for most of the weavies, letting the bit of color in one corner stand out.

My concern in using one dominant color for the blanket was that it would feel flat, that it wouldn't have enough texture. I decided to add texture by deliberately buying a few skeins of navy yarn at a time, ensuring that the colors of the blocks would vary and that I could afford to buy the yarn.

The blocks were primarily made separately. I would weave enough weavies for one or two blocks, then join them and add a crocheted edging to each. That way I could put them away until I had the 30 needed for the blanket.

One feature that I consider an advantage to using pin looms is that it is not as important to match colors in an exquisite manner. Many people have had the experience of finding that the yarn they want to use comes from two dye lots, almost but not quite a match. With pin looms it is possible to separate those different dye lots in a pattern so that the difference is indiscernible. Or you can feature the differences.

The Rosebud blanket was assembled by using a single crochet edge on each weavie, then whipstitching the weavies together. That has been one of my favorite approaches to joining items because I feel that the edging matches the weight of the pin loom fabric. But as you can see with Rick Fahrenbruch's work, there is no need to edge the individual pieces in order to get a finished look. I am going to write at least one article on various approaches to joining weavies together for this blog, as well as have a bunch of information on approaches to joining in Pin Loom Weaving.


  1. Oh this is wonderful. Thanks for getting my week off to a great start.I am very interested in your article/ instructions on how to join the weavies...that is difficult & puzzling to me. THANKS again!
    Peg (the "profile" selection puzzles me so I simply chose anonymous)

  2. I feel the same way, I never am satisfied with the way they look joined. I need up close pictures of the single crochet edging and the joining to others. Thanks in advance,Meg!

  3. Thanks for your feedback and support. I am putting together a separate page called Pin Loom Essentials in order to cover some of the basic questions... how to weave a square... how to join them together... how much yarn does it take... how to weave in several colors...
    This page will never really be complete because there are always other ways to approach this craft but for a start I am writing down the ways that I normally use. I would love to hear from others about their experience. You can contact me through my email which I have tried to cleverly disguise in the right column. It starts with pinloomweaving and ends with
    I will also get some closeup pictures of the joins, thanks for the suggestion. MS


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