Hi there! This is A from A and J Hobby Workshop. I have searched the instructables site for instructions on how to make a woven potholder and failed to find one. So I am posting my own instructions. These are great for kids to make because they are safer than sewing, (no sharp needles) and also quicker. The potholder loops that I used are available at : www.klutz.com So far they are the strongest and most colorful loops I have found. However, I'm pretty sure that you can buy potholder loops at most craft stores. Just not these. This is my first instructable ever, so I apologize if anything is messed up with my instructions.
Step 1: You Will Need:
~36 Potholder loops in color of your choice (I used half green, half blue)
~1 Large crochet hook (these usually come with the loom)
~1 Potholder loom
Step 2: Warp
Take one of the loops and stretch it to the first row of pegs on the loom as shown:
Repeat this with the rest of the warp loops. Warp means the loops stretched on the loom before weaving.
Step 3: Weft
Weft means the loops woven over and under the warp loops.
Here's how to Weft:
Take the first weft loop you want to use and start to weave it over and under the Warp loops. Please be sure to go OVER BOTH strands of the FIRST Warp loop, and UNDER BOTH strands of the SECOND loop. Now keep on weaving your Weft loop over, or under the rest of the Warp loops. When you get to the end of the loom with your Weft loop, hook it onto to the loop at the far end.
Use your fingers to "Rake" the Weft loop to straighten it out.
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY:
The second Weft loop is woven differently then the first!
Make sure to go UNDER the first Warp loop this time, and OVER the second Warp loop.
Repeat this for the rest of the Weft loops, making sure to switch back and forth as you begin each row. Don't forget to go OVER THE FIRST Warp loop in row one, and UNDER THE FIRST loop in the next row. This is VERY important, so please do it carefully!
The last few loops can be tricky to weave, so if you have trouble just use the crochet hook to catch them and pull them through. Simple! Look at the last photo to see what your potholder should look like once you finish weaving. It kind of looks like a trampoline!
Step 4: The Edging
The edging is, by far, the trickiest part! But I made sure to take plenty of photos to show you how to do it. I sure hope it helps!
Hold your loom so that one corner is pointing away from you. Now find the top loop on the left-hand side. This is loop one. Stick your crochet hook through loop one and pull it off the peg. Keeping loop one on the crochet hook the whole time, stick the crochet hook through the top loop on the right-hand side of the loom and pull it off the peg. This is peg two.
Lift loop one with your fingers, and pull loop two through loop one using the crochet hook to grab it and pull it through. If done correctly, you should only have one loop on your hook again, this is loop 2. Repeat this with the rest of the loops on this side of the loom. When you get to the corner, weave the same as you did before. But when you get halfway to the next corner, stretch the corner that has already been weaved and catch a loop from the edging on an empty corner peg. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP, because if you don't do this you will end up with an unraveled mess! Make sure to repeat this for each corner that you finish. When you come to the last loop, pull it through extra far. This will keep your potholder from unraveling. Now take your potholder off the loom. You may need to stretch it a bit so that it is square. Congratulations! you have now finished your potholder!
Step 5: Uses for a Woven Potholder:
Not only can these potholders be machine washed and dried, but they make great decorations or toys!
Use them as a blanket for mini stuffed animals, or even as a rug in a dollhouse.
Have fun with your potholder!