Things You'll Need
- Potholder loom
- 1 bag of cotton or wool loops
- 1 crochet needle or hook
Potholder looms are a popular introduction to weaving and an easy way for children to make hotpads and improve their fine motor skills. A child can make several potholders with a bag of multicolor cotton or wool loops. A potholder loom isn't limited to loops. A ball of yarn will work just as well. There is no limit to the color combinations or designs that a child can create. These woven pads can be given as gifts or used in the home.
Select the loops you want to use. Decide to make a specific pattern by alternating colors. Use colors from the same color family or holiday colors, like red and green for Christmas or black and orange for Halloween.
Fasten loops vertically (up and down) across the loom on the pegs provided. These loops will be the warp, or the loops through which the horizontal loops (left to right), or weft, will be woven.
Insert hook through the warp loops, alternating over and under. Attach a weft loop to the hook or needle, securing one end to a peg. Pull the loop through with the hook or needle and secure it to the peg on the opposite end.
Repeat step three on the next row. Go under the warp where you went over it in the previous row to create a woven pattern.
Continue weaving loops in this manner until there are no more empty pegs left.
To finish the potholder, start at one corner and detach a loop from the peg. Put a hook through the loop and hook the next loop, pulling it through. Continue this around the entire hotpad. This will keep the potholder from unraveling. Leave the last loop hanging, securing it with a knot, so it will hang on a hook.
Kelly Moore has been a freelance writer since 2006. She focuses mainly on online content, but she has also written for newspapers and periodicals, and has been published in "Home and Style," the quarterly publication of "The Daily Record" in Ellensburg, Wash. Moore has a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Brigham Young University-Idaho.