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Deflected Doubleweave Towels

by Elisabeth Hil

Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels

Deflected Doubleweave Towels

Here is a project for intermediate-advanced weavers, designed by Elisabeth Hill and woven with Duet Cotton/Linen Weaving Yarn in a variety of vibrant colors. These towels are woven on an 8 shaft loom, but Elisabeth also adapted the draft to be suitable for 4 shaft looms. In the project notes below you will see the instructions for both 4 shaft and 8 shaft looms. There is also a plain weave variation of these towels and the option to add additional accent colors to the design. 

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

Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels
                     
Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels
                     

Materials 

Warp & Weft: 5 cones of Duet Cotton/Linen Weaving Yarn

Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels

8 shaft Deflected Doubleweave towels + plain weave variation (see below) in Pear, Storm and Cerise with Santorini as an accent color

Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels

8 shaft Deflected Doubleweave towels in Pear, Storm and Cerise with Santorini as an accent color

Project Notes

  • Tools Required: 4 or 8 shaft table or floor loom, 12 dent reed, 2 shuttles, 4 bobbins 
  • EPI: 18 (1,2 in a 12 dent reed) 
  • PPI: 18 
  • Width at Reed: 22" (4 shaft) or 22.25" (8 shaft) 
  • Warp Ends: 396 (4 shaft) or 400 (8 shaft) 
  • Warp Length: 3 yards 
  • Draft: Deflected Doubleweave by Elisabeth Hill 
  •  Finished Dimensions: Set of 2 towels measuring approximately 19" x 31" each after washing, drying & hemming
  • Finishing Details: Hand sewn hem 
  • Care Instructions: Hand wash warm with mild soap, hang to dry, press as needed
Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels

Weaving & Finishing 

1.  Wind a warp of 396 ends (4 shaft) or 400 ends (8 shaft) 3 yards long following the color order below. Use your preferred method to warp the loom and thread following the draft below. Sley 1,2 per dent in a 12-dent reed, centering for a weaving width of 22" (4 shaft) or 22.25" (8 shaft).

    Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels

    Warp color order for 4 shaft draft

    Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels

    Warp color order for 8 shaft draft

    2.  Wind one bobbin of each of the warp colors. 

    3.  Click here for a youtube video on how to create the double selvedges.

    4.  If you prefer, measure out 2 floating selvedges in Cerise (Color A), sley in the outermost dents and weight off the back of the loom. Do not thread in heddles. 

    5.  Weave 8 picks of plain weave using a fine thread for the inner hem, then begin weaving according to the draft below. Notice that you will be using 2 treadles at a time for this project. 

    6.  Continue weaving according to the draft or for your designed length. Finish with 8 picks in plain weave using a fine yarn for the 2nd inner hem. 

    7.  Weave 2 picks of a contrast yarn and begin and end the second towel as you did the first with 8 picks of plain weave in a finer yarn for the inner hems. Optional: Substitute Santorini (Color D) for Storm (Color C) in the weft for your second towel. 

    8.  Cut project off the loom and serge or zig zag the raw edges. Elisabeth writes, "For the first wash, I recommend hand washing in warm water with a mild soap, roll in a towel to remove excess water and hang to dry. When damp, iron until dry and hand hem. I turned the hems to create horizontal stripes on towel 1 and vertical on towel 2. You may machine wash and dry after this first wash, but I find that my machine will create difficult creases if I use it for the first wash of any project that uses linen."

    8 Shaft Draft 

    Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels

    4 Shaft Draft

    Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels

    Plain Weave Variation

    To weave a set of towels in plain weave, choose any color sequence you like. Elisabeth wove checks for the first third using Storm (Color C) and Pear (Color B), created a divider using Cerise (Color A) and Santorini (Color D) and wove the rest in Storm (Color C). 

    Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels
                       
    Free Pattern Handwoven Cotton and Linen Deflected Doubleweave Towels
                         

    About

    Elisabeth (Lisa) Hill has been weaving for over 20 years, received her master weaver certification from the Hill Institute in 2012, has been a tech editor for Handwoven magazine, a faculty member at Vavstuga weaving school and a workshop leader for guilds and conferences across the country. She lives in Western Mass with her wonderful family and her very bad dog.

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    Elisabeth Hill


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