To Knot or Not to Knot?

This is a tutorial on how to begin a square without tying a knot, how to read a chart and follow a pattern, and how to make BEAUTIFUL squares with even warp and weft distribution.

To begin, if you DO want to start your square by tying a reverse slip knot to secure the yarn to your loom, see this short video (there are obviously other parts in this six-part series, and you’re welcome to watch those as well. But be prepared to die of boredom because not only is there no plot . . . well, you’ll see).*

Tie a reverse slip knot and attach it to one of the four pins near Cr1; begin warping as usual.

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This picture shows a comparison between Premier Sweet Roll yarn (the large cake type of yarn) and Caron Simply Soft. The Sweet Roll yarn is a bit thicker than CSS.

Featured pattern: Large Heart

Personally I think the pattern shows up a little better on CSS, but you may have a different opinion (the lighting is not great in the photos). Also, I tend to warp a bit loose, so my patterns may show up differently than yours.

The Sweet Roll yarn was not especially difficult to weave despite its being thicker than CSS. I think the CSS square has better drape. A project made using PSR will likely be a little heavier and stiffer.

One of my favorite joking statements is, “I’m falling apart, won’t you join me?”

Our pin loom squares, while not falling apart, still need to be joined if you want to produce some sort of finished product. There are many ways to join squares: duct tape, glue, sewing machine . . . But for a more organic result, you’ll most likely want to use yarn. And why not use those pesky ends that need to be woven in anyway? (My friend prefers to not use yarn tails because of the danger of puckering the squares as she pulls the stitches, so that’s something to consider.)

Mattress Stitch

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