How to Finish the Potholder Loom

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Heidi A. Reeves

    About the Author

    Heidi Reeves writes in Alexandria, Va. She got her first writing and editing job in 2001, when she worked as editor-in-chief of her undergraduate newspaper. Since then, she's earned a Master of Fine Arts at The University of Alabama, where she wrote and designed artist's books. Reeves writes hobby, lifestyle and wedding planning articles for various online publications.

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    Loom-woven potholders are simple enough for children to make, but even adults can enjoy the process of weaving wool, cotton or nylon loopers over and under a warp made from loopers stretched vertically over a potholder loom. The real challenge comes once you weave your last looper into place and you need to remove the finished potholder from the loom. You can't just pull your work from the loom's pegs; the unsecured woven loopers will quickly come undone. Instead you must finish the edges of the potholder.

    Things You'll Need

    • Woven potholder on a potholder loom
    • US size K crochet hook

    Insert a crochet hook into the second edge loop from the top of the loom's left side. Once you insert your hook, allow the loop to drop from the potholder loom's peg.

    Slide your hook into the edge loop directly above the first one. Draw this second loop through the first loop on your hook.

    Place the remaining loop back on the second peg from the top of the loom's left side.

    Insert your hook into the edge loop caught around the third peg from the top of the loom's left side. Then, pick up the loop from the second peg and draw it through the first loop on the hook.

    Continue working around the potholder loom, drawing loops through one another to create a sturdy crochet edge.

    Tie a knot in the final loop to create a hanging loop on one corner of your potholder. Tying the knot will also secure your work in place and keep the potholder edges from coming undone.

    • You can finish your potholder with the weaving tool that comes with the potholder loom kit, but you will find crochet hooks, which have thicker circumferences and shorter hooks than most weaving tools, are easier to maneuver.