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Checks and Stripes Tea Towels

by Chelsay Russell

Checks and Stripes Tea Towels
                     
Checks and Stripes Tea Towels
                     

Checks & Stripes Tea Towels 

Weave a set of tea towels with Duet Cotton/Linen Weaving Yarn in two classic patterns - checks and stripes! 

You can download an updated version of this pattern and purchase a kit here.

Designed by Chelsay Russell for GIST: Yarn & Fiber.

Need some help getting started? Check out Resources for Beginner and Intermediate Weavers. 

Checks and Stripes Tea Towels
                     
Checks and Stripes Tea Towels
                     

Materials 

Warp & Weft:4 cones of Duet Cotton/Linen Weaving Yarn 

Free Weaving Pattern Checks and Stripes Handwoven Cotton Linen Tea Towels
                     
Free Weaving Pattern Checks and Stripes Handwoven Cotton Linen Tea Towels
                    

Project Notes

  • Tools Required: 2-4 shaft table or floor loom, or rigid heddle loom12 dent reed, shuttle & bobbins 
  • EPI: 12
  • PPI: 13
  • Width at Reed: 20"
  • Warp Ends: 240
  • Warp Length: 2.5 yards
  • Technique: Plain weave 
  • Finished Dimensions: Set of 2 towels each measuring approximately 27.5" L x 19" W
  • Finishing Details: Hemstitch (optional), 1.5" fringe tassels on each side
  • Care Instructions: Hand wash with mild soap, hang to dry, or machine wash cold & tumble dry low, press as needed
Free Weaving Pattern Checks and Stripes Handwoven Cotton Linen Tea Towels
                     
Free Weaving Pattern Checks and Stripes Handwoven Cotton Linen Tea Towels
                     

Weaving & Finishing 

Warp Color Order: Wind a warp in the following sequence for a total of 240 warp ends. 

  • Color A - 48 ends
  • Color B - 48 ends 
  • Color C - 48 ends
  • Color D - 48 ends 
  • Color A - 48 ends 

Weft Color Order Towel #1:Begin and end each towel with hemstitch. When you finish weaving the first towel, weave at least a 3" spacer with scrap yarn before beginning the second towel. Repeat the following sequence 4 times for the first towel

  • Color A - 36 picks
  • Color D - 3 picks 
  • Color C - 3 picks 
  • Color A - 2 picks 
  • Color B - 2 picks 
  • Color A - 3 picks 
  • Color B - 4 picks 
  • Color A - 2 picks 
  • Color C - 15 picks 
  • Color D - 3 picks 
  • Color C - 4 picks 
  • Color D - 15 picks 
  • Color A - 3 picks 
  • Color D - 2 picks 

Weft Color Order Towel #2: Repeat the following sequence 2 times

  • Color C - 48 picks
  • Color B - 48 picks
  • Color A - 48 picks 
  • Color D - 48 picks 

Finishing: Once you have finished weaving, remove the towels from the loom and cut them apart at the center of the scrap yarn spacer. If you did not use hemstitch, secure the edges with overhand knots to create the tassel fringe. Hand wash with mild soap, hang to dry, (or machine wash cold & tumble dry warm if you prefer), and press. Trim the fringe to 1.5” on each side. 

    Free Weaving Pattern Checks and Stripes Handwoven Cotton Linen Tea Towels
                         
    Free Weaving Pattern Checks and Stripes Handwoven Cotton Linen Tea Towels
                        

    About Chelsay Russell

    "My name is Chelsay Russell and I create woven goods out of my home in Branson, Missouri. I started weaving in fall of 2015 by watching tutorials online and by summer of 2016, I created Little Weavebird. My small business has been growing ever since, as well my passion for the art of weaving.

    Quickly after starting out on a rigid heddle loom, I knew I wanted to expand my knowledge and skill set. I bought a floor loom from Leclerc called, Weavebird. That is how "Little Weavebird" came to be."

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    Chelsay Russell Little Weavebird


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