Free 4-Shaft Weaving Patterns and Weaving Drafts

Our wide range of 4-shaft weaving patterns are perfect for beginner, intermediate and advanced weavers - we have something for everyone! Learn how to create woven kitchen towels, scarves, table runners, cowls, tops, ponchos, cloth, and rugs - all suitable for a table loom or floor loom with four shafts.

Every 4-shaft weaving pattern comes with a weaving draft, which is shown in the PDF pattern, and also delivered as a .wif file for people who use weaving draft software.

All four shaft weaving projects have a free PDF download, and kits in multiple colorways that contain all of the yarn you need to make the project. Below are a few of our bestselling projects, and you can explore all 4-shaft patterns here.


By Elizabeth Springett

Inspired by traditional twill samplers, this scarf combines point twill, balanced twill, and broken twill for a bold visual effect. The slub texture of Mallo softens the linear pattern, as if it were drawn by hand.

This is a great beginner project for people new to multi-shaft weaving and interested in exploring twills.

Recommended weaving EQUIPMENT

  • 4 shaft table or floor loom
  • 8 or 12 dent reed
  • One boat shuttle
  • One bobbin

Weaving technique used

  • Twill

By Amanda Rataj

This pair of cotton and linen hand towels is woven with an overshot pattern reminiscent of ocean tides. Overshot is a weaving technique where a background of plain weave is set beneath a thicker pattern weft where the accent design is woven. These overshot towels are woven with Linen Weaving Yarn for the tabby weave, and Mallo Cotton Slub Weaving Yarn for the pattern weft.

Recommended weaving EQUIPMENT

  • 4 shaft table or floor loom
  • 10 dent reed
  • Two boat shuttles
  • Two bobbins
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Weaving techniques used

  • Overshot
  • Tabby weave

By Elizabeth Springett

This scarf pattern is a straightforward approach to deflected doubleweave using 4 harnesses and 2 colors of Duet Cotton/Linen. This scarf has a reversible pattern that can be as bold or understated as you want it to be, depending on the colors in the warp and weft.

Recommended weaving EQUIPMENT

  • 4 shaft table or floor loom
  • 8 dent reed
  • Two boat shuttles
  • Two bobbins

Weaving technique used

  • Deflected doubleweave

By Elizabeth Springett

This soft and colorful organic cotton blanket is woven as doublewidth cloth–a technique that allows you to double the weaving width of your loom. Two 25” wide layers are woven at the same time, connected on one side. The blanket is unfolded once it is off the loom, doubling the width.

Recommended weaving EQUIPMENT

  • 4 shaft table or floor loom
  • 10 dent reed
  • One boat shuttle
  • At least one bobbin
  • Fishing line (for floating selvedges)
  • Sewing machine, warp thread weights (optional)

Weaving technique used

  • Doublewidth

If you're new to four shaft weaving patterns, reading a weaving draft for the first time can feel complicated. This post by Amanda Rataj about How To Read Weaving Drafts has everything you need to know for trying out your first weaving pattern.



If you have more shafts on your loom and are eager to try a more complicated weaving draft, we encourage you to download our 8-shaft weaving pattern Deflected Doubleweave Towels, by Elisabeth Hill.