How to Weave Checkers on Frame Loom

How to Weave Checkers on  Frame Loom

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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?)

Stay Tuned

On 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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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!