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Free Weaving Pattern Cotton Linen Bandanas
                     
Free Weaving Pattern Cotton Linen Bandanas
                     

Duet Bandanas

A set of bright and cheerful all purpose bandanas woven with Duet Cotton/Linen. This pattern makes four hard-wearing bandanas--perfect for gift giving. 

Offered here are three variations which may be woven on a rigid heddle loom and one twill variation suitable for a 4-shaft loom. 

Designed by Erin Carlson for GIST: Yarn & Fiber.

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Free Weaving Pattern Cotton Linen Bandanas
                     
Free Weaving Pattern Cotton Linen Bandanas
                     

Materials 

Warp & Weft: 4 cones of Duet Cotton/Linen (1/4 lb cones, 2,400 yd/lb)

Kits: Each kit includes plenty of yarn to weave 4 bandanas that measure approximately 19" W x 19" L after washing.

Free Weaving Pattern Cotton Linen Bandanas

Project Notes

  • Tools Required: Rigid heddle loom at least 24" wide, or 4 shaft table or floor loom, 12 or 12.5 dent reed, boat shuttle & bobbins or a few stick shuttles
  • EPI: 12 
  • PPI: 12 in tabby, 18 in twill
  • Width at Reed: 21"
  • Warp Ends: 252
  • Warp Length: 3.8 yards (138")
  • Draft: Tabby (plain weave), or twill (option for 4 shaft looms)     
  • Total warp yarn used: ~970 yards
  • Total weft yarn used: ~650 yards
  • Woven Length: (measured under tension on the loom) ~21" per bandana
  • Finished Dimensions: 4 bandanas that measure ~19" W x 19" L each after washing 
  • Finishing Details: Hemstitch, 1/2" fringe on each side
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold on delicate cycle, air dry or tumble dry low, press as needed
Free Weaving Pattern Cotton Linen Bandanas
                     
Free Weaving Pattern Cotton Linen Bandanas
                     

Instructions

1. Warp the loom using your preferred method (direct or indirect) with a total of 252 warp ends, 3.8 yards long, following the warp color order below. Center for a weaving width of 21" and sley 1 end per hole and slot in a 12 dent heddle on a rigid heddle loom. If you are using a 4 shaft loom, thread for plain weave/twill (4-3-2-1, 4-3-2-1) and sley 1 end per dent in a 12 dent reed. 

2. Begin and end each bandana with hemstitch. Choose from the 4 weft color order variations suggested by Erin below. Each bandana should measure 21" in loom, make sure to leave about 3" of space in between each for fringe.

Free Weaving Pattern Cotton Linen Bandanas

Variation 1: Tabby 

  • 1/2" Color A
  • 3 picks Color B
  • 2 picks Color A
  • 3 picks Color C
  • 2 picks Color A 
  • 3 picks Color D
  • 2 1/2" Color A
  • 2 1/2" Color B
  • 2 1/2" Color C
  • 2 3/4" Color D
  • 2 1/2" Color C
  • 2 1/2" Color B
  • 2 1/2" Color A
  • 3 picks Color D
  • 2 picks Color A
  • 3 picks Color C 
  • 2 picks Color A
  • 3 picks Color B
  • 1/2" Color A

Variation 2: Twill (an option for 4 shaft looms: tie-up 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 1-4, treadle 1,2,3,4 on repeat)

  • 1/2" Color A
  • 4 picks Color B
  • 2 picks Color A
  • 4 picks Color C
  • 2 picks Color A
  • 4 picks Color D
  • 2 1/2" Color A
  • 2 1/2" Color B
  • 2 1/2" Color C
  • 2 3/4" Color D
  • 2 1/2" Color C
  • 2 1/2" Color B
  • 2 1/2" Color A
  • 4 picks Color D
  • 2 picks Color A
  • 4 picks Color C
  • 2 picks Color A
  • 4 picks Color B
  • 1/2" Color A

Variation 3: Tabby: Weave 21" with Color C. You could also use Color B or Color D. 

Variation 4: Tabby: Weave 21" with the colors that are left on your bobbins, mix it up, make up your own stripe pattern.

3. Cut the fabric off the loom and separate the bandanas by cutting at the center of the 3" space between them. Machine wash cold delicate cycle and air dry (or tumble dry low if preferred). Press and trim fringe to 1/2".

Free Weaving Pattern Cotton Linen Bandanas

About Erin Carlson

Erin Carlson is a fiber artist focused primarily on needle felting and weaving. Although a fan of a muted color palette in her own life, she can’t help but choose the most vivid weaving color combinations. There is a certain magic when bright colors float over each other, particularly in plain weave, and she hopes that they spark something in you, too. Erin works and teaches needle felting in and around Pittsburgh. She shares her home and studio with her husband, two cats and a dog, and spends most of her free time gardening. 

Follow along on Instagram @fiberartbyerin.

Erin Carlson Free Weaving Pattern Cotton Linen Bandanas


April 24, 2020