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Why I Love My Weave-It

August 3, 2011

It’s only four inches across, and it weaves teensy-tiny little squares, but I’m enchanted by my Weave-It, which I found on eBay. I had one of these as a child, and I remember how much I enjoyed weaving little squares, imagining them as tiny bedspreads for grasshoppers. When I weave on my eBay Weave-It, I experience a kind of dual enjoyment: half based in the present moment, and half nostalgic. It’s fun; it’s easy; it’s mindlessly enjoyable as a rhythmic occupation for my hands.

These little pin looms are experiencing a big resurgence and a Google search will turn up pages and pages of results. But be sure to visit the headquarters of all pin loom knowledge, Visit eBay to look at the many vintage offerings (mine came in the original box, with the original instructions, and cost about $20 with the shipping). Or make your own (see

My Weave-It scarf is made from a silk/wool blend.

The Weave-It is infinitely portable; I can work on the squares in my free time; and it’s a great way to use up small amounts of yarn leftovers. Each square weaves in about fifteen minutes and uses a length of yarn approximately seven yards long. Last fall I assembled a gorgeous scarf out of Weave-It squares joined together with crocheting. The colors and textures worked out very well and pleased me.

When I was a child it seemed as if all middle aged women made afghans; it seemed part and parcel of getting old and wise and having clever fingers. Now that I have attained that age myself (without necessarily having gained much additional wisdom, I’m afraid), it seems obligatory to begin working on my first afghan. And why not use the Weave-It to make the colored squares? I’m somewhere in the middle of the projected three hundred or so squares that will be necessary to complete the project.

Weave on!


[Addendum: Be sure to read the second part of this blog post at for more photos.]


From → fiber arts

  1. I had one of these as a kid too! I made enough pot holders to drive my mother crazy. I’ve never tried it with yarn though. The kit had these little loops made of a panty-hose type material that were a pain to work with.

  2. Those potholder looms are actually completely different, with thick pegs that hold the loops in place. Pin-looms like the Weave-it utilize a single piece of yarn that is wrapped around the pins in a serpentine manner for three different passes (up-and-down, then side-to-side, then up-and-down once more), then you weave the remaining yarn with a needle on the final pass. Check out Eloomination’s web site, it’s got fabulous vintage photos showing lovely garments you can make from all these little squares sewn together!

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