How To

Continous Weaving On a Tri Loom

Continous Weaving on a Tri Loom can be done with one yarn. 
You may also follow the same directions but hold two or more yarns together and treat them as one yarn.
If you use more than one yarn you should try to keep the yarns from twisting together as you weave.


 Tie a slip knot in the end of your yarn.
 Leave the loose end long enough to tie off
 and form part of the fringe.
slip knot

Put the slip knot over the corner nail
 at the top of the loom.

Take the ball end of the yarn across the loom
 to the opposite corner nail.
First row

Take the yarn around the outside of the corner nail.

Then over the top of the corner nail.
Then bring it down to the outside of the second side nail.
fastening the first row to the right side

Next take the yarn between the second and third nails
 on the right side of the loom.

Then back across the loom to the left side.
starting the second row

The yarn now goes around the outside of the second nail
on the left side of the loom.

Then up over the top of the second nail
on the hypotenuse.

second row

Using your fingers or a crochet hook
 start from the bottom or pointed end of the loom
 and go over the first horizontal yarn

Then under the second yarn.

Grasp or hook the ball end of your yarn
 close to the top nail. 
Pull a loop of the yarn down through
 the two rows of horizontal yarn.

weaving first row

You will now have a yarn weaving loop.
 The ball end of your yarn will extend above the weaving.
The weaving loop will extend below the weaving.

Hook the left side of the loop over
the next empty nail on the left side of the loom.

forming the weaving loop

Grasp the loop at the top and bottom.

Sliding it through the woven rows
 take it to the right side of the loom.

If your yarn is fuzzy it will help
if you first run your hand or crochet hook
 between the rows of weaving from side to side
to open up the shed.

move yarn to the right

Hook the bottom of your weaving loop

 over the next empty nail
 on the right side of your loom.

You will see that the right side of the loop
 has automatically woven a row.
This warp weaving loop is what makes the weaving
 fill in from both sides at the same time

row automatically woven by weaving loop

Weaving from the bottom up toward the hypotenuse

 weave over, under, and over
the three horizontal strands of yarn.

Hook the ball end of your yarn
 and pull the weaving loop down
through the horizontal strands.

weaving down

Hook the right side of your loop
 over the next empty side nail.

Pull the left side of the loop
through the woven strands
to the left side of your loom.

Hook it over the next
empty nail on the left side.
weaving on right side of loom

Continue weaving first one side then the other.

Weave up, pull the loop down, hook a side over the next empty nail, and pull the loop to the opposite side.
Hook the loop over the next empty side nail and once again weave, pulling down a weaving loop.

You will reach a point where your fingers or hook
 will no longer reach all of the way from the bottom
 to the top of your weaving.

You will have to weave a short section at a time.
Insert your hook into the weft strands
at a point where your hook will reach
the top of the weaving.

 Start on a row where the previous
row of weaving went over
and start your weaving by going under a row.
continue weaving insections

Weave to the top of the loom

and pull down a weaving loop.

 Pull the loop out enough
 so it protrudes from the weaving
weaving sections

Move down another section
and weave up to the weaving loop.

Make sure you are weaving over and under
all of the correct horizontal strands.
It is easy at this stage to miss a strand
and go over or under two instead of one strand.

Weave as many sections as it takes to finish the row.
Hook your weaving loop over the next side nail
and take the loop to the opposite side of the loom and repeat.
weaving sections

Every few rows check to make sure you have not missed
 a nail or possibly put two yarns on the same nail.

 If you have made a mistake use your crochet hook
 to move the rows up or down on the nails
to correct the mistake.
continue weaving

You can see the warp rows bow inward.
You can use the end of your hook
or a comb to straighten them.

Some prefer to do this as they weave.
 Others wait until the weaving is done
 and straighten all of the rows at once.

Please do remember this is a hand weaving
 and not a machine produced item.
Absolute perfection is not necesary.

When your weaving reaches the middle nail
weave up and pull the weaving loop down
 between the last two top nails.

last row

Pull the weaving loop down long enough
that it will be slightly longer
than the fringe you plan to use.

If you are not going to fringe
make sure you have about 4 inches
so you can tie it off and weave it back out of sight.

last row  

Cut the ball end of the yarn

 and pull it back up out of the weaving.
Leaving the last strand in place.
cutting the end

If your weaving is too tight
 to weave the last row with a hook
you can measure your yarn
 to reach to the bottom
plus the extra length for fringe or tying.


Cut the yarn and use a tapestry needle
 to weave the last row.
needle weaving last row

The weaving part is now finished


Thread the end of your yarn on a tapestry needle.
Go under the last row on your weaving.
Loop the yarn around your needle and pull the needle through.
Tighten the yarn knot.

Go to the top corner where you started your weaving.

Remove your slip knot from the nail
and pull the slip knot out of the yarn.

Thread the yarn on your tapestry needle
and tie it off the same way you did the bottom yarn.

Your weaving is now done
and will hold its shape when removed from the loom.

You may want to apply fringe or other embellishments
 before removing the weaving from the loom.

tieing off

To remove your weaving carefully use your crochet hook to lift each loop off the nails across the hypotenuse of the loom.

On a small weaving the sides will now easily lift off the nails.
Take care you do not snag the weaving and pull it out of shape.

On larger weavings tension will build along the side as you remove the top loops.
 So to keep the tension loose alternate removing a section at a time
 from the top and the side.

When the top and one side is removed the other side will now easily lift from the nails.

It is highly recommended that you do a row of single crochet through each loop across the top edge.
This will help reinforce the edge against wear and help prevent pulling the weaving out of shape.

Happy Weaving
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