How to Weave Checkers on Frame Loom

How to Weave Checkers on  Frame Loom

Checkers make a nice border and are just plain old fun! 


If you already know how to weave vertical stripes, then it will be easy to learn to weave checker squares! 

If you don't know how to weave vertical stripes (which are also called pick and pick weave), go to my blog post:

How to weave vertical stripesHow to Weave Vertical Stripes on a Frame Loom


When you choose your two colors for the checkers, think about how they'll look together. If they contrast each other, the checkers will pop, if the colors are similar, the checkers will blend together.


1. Weave the first row, color A

begin to weave a checkerboard

In this example, I'm weaving from left to right.

Leave a tail of yarn about 4 inches hanging off the left side. We'll weave this back into the piece when the project is done.

Be sure to make an "arc" before you pack down the weft yarn. See my post: How to Begin Weaving

2. Weave the second row, color B

Begin this color on the right, too.

Just as in color A, leave a tail of yarn about 4 inches hanging off the left side. 

weave second row in a checkerboard

3. Weave The third row

Before you weave the row, be sure to wrap color A around color B 

Not sure how to do this? See my post: How to Weave Horizontal Stripes.

weaving the third row of a checker pattern


4. Now We're getting a pick-and-pick pattern

That's what weavers call weaving skinny vertical stripes like this. 

Repeat for 6 rows, ending with color B.

Tapestry weaving checkerboard


Here comes the magic part!

We don't want to keep weaving a vertical stripe, so we have to change things up a bit.

Weave 1 more row of color B

Weaving a checkered pattern, switching the pattern

Repeat steps 1-4

Weave 1 row of color A 

weaving a new set of checker pattern


... and continue until you have 6 rows of this “stripe.” 

weaving a new set of checker pattern


After several more rows, you’ll see the checkered pattern emerge. 

Checkered pattern woven on a little loom


That's it! You've woven the magic checkerboard pattern

Now that you know how to weave a checkerboard, go forth and make the world a better place with lots of checkers.

(Can you tell that this is one of my favorite weaves?)

In my next blog post, I'll teach you how to weave dots.

The weaving pattern is in the same family as vertical stripes and checkers, so after this lesson dots will be easy-peasy!

Tapestry weaving dots



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Learn to Weave on a Frame Loom Series

This post is part a series of tutorials in which I teach you the basics of weaving on a simple frame loom. The techniques can be done on any size loom.

I'm using my Lucy Loom, click here to get one for yourself!

Getting Started Weaving

Learn to weave on a frame loom, getting started

Horizontal Stripes

learn to weave horizontal stripes

Vertical Stripes


How to weave checkers


how to weave dots

Diagonal Shapes


how to weave a circle


learn to weave shapes

Rya Knots

 learn to weave rya knots

Pile Weaves

 How to weave shaggy and loopy pile

 These Lessons are in my Book! 

You never know where you might find yourself weaving.

In the park, under a tree, or maybe even up in the tree!

No worries, this little book will fit right into your project bag, so you can take it with you anywhere your heart desires. And you will be a happy weaver.

Little Loom Companion Book

click here to see the book


3 Responses


July 17, 2019

Thank you Suzette! 😊

Suzette Levette
Suzette Levette

July 17, 2019

Thank you for giving such clear instructions with access to all who want to weave. It’s very generous of you to share your knowledge.

Lynnda Terranova
Lynnda Terranova

December 05, 2018

Just learning how to weave and your information is greatly appreciated.

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