Circular Weaving

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Circular Weaving

Circular weaving has caught my attention! I found this link of a book called Weaver’s Craft by L. E. Simpson and it got me really interested and curios about it. And of course I had to try it right away! I combined some of my handspun yarn with commercial novelty yarn and some silk fabric that I cut into strips. The results where really stunning and with exciting possibilities of combining colors and textures. Now what can I do with a woven circle? How about using it for a hat! It is actually just perfect for that. I crocheted the brim, just because I like the look of the crocheted fabric. Of course it can be made with knitting needles. But I like the texture of the crocheted fabric. I’ve been searching online to find out if other fiber artists are using this concept to make  it into wearable arts, but I haven’t found anything. I love weaving, and I have a couple of weaving looms, but most of the time I just don’t have the time and the energy to set the looms. This type of weaving only requires a piece of cardboard that I cut into a circle. The next thing I did was to make and odd number of small grooves around the perimeter of the circle at intervals of about 1/2  cm.

My loom

This is my “state of the art loom”! The warp was set treading the yarn on the grooves starting at one given point and then going always clockwise, from one side to the opposite side. Am I making sense? I forgot to take pictures of what it looks like in the back of the circle.

Circular weaving

What makes me laugh is how little time it took me to set the warp. And If I don’t like the color, I can just undo the whole thing and start with a new color.

My yarn stash

Then the fun comes with  choosing the  yarns for the project and with the weaving itself. This is perfect for using up all those scraps that I don’t know what to do with, but at the same time I don’t want to trow them in the garbage. They are just too precious to do that!

Circular weaving

This circle is almost done. I have to make sure to add chunkier yarns at the end, because the gaps between the warp are more separated that in the center.

My first hat

Hat with circular weaving

This is my first hat with the crocheted brim. This is kind of addictive, because more ideas and color combinations keep coming to me!

Circular weaved hatI made this hat using some of my handspun llama.

circular weaved hat

circular weaved hat

circular weaved hat

I think this is a goofy hat. Did I mention this is addictive? I’m very excited at the different possibilities and I’m thinking about putting it into my Etsy shop for sale. I would like to know if anybody has tried this or if you do please feel welcome to send pictures to post them here.

“Don’t stand by the water and long for fish, go home and weave a net”

Chinese proverb

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31 thoughts on “Circular Weaving

  1. They are so cool!
    When you stop the weaving and change to crochet how did you deal with the weaving ends that were wrapped around the cardboard? Do you just cut them and crochet the end into the crochet part for the first row of crochet?


    • Hi Linda,

      You don’t cut the ends because they hold the stitches together. This will be the foundation to cast on your stitches if you are using knitting needles or for your crochet stitches. Because the warp wraps around the groves of the cardboard, when you finish weaving you just remove the weaving by “popping out” the yarn off the cardboard. I hope I make sense!


  2. So then the inside part that wraps around the cardboard hangs loose inside the hat? Or do you weave the inside of the wraps also? My guess is that they hang loss, but I could be wrong. Can you show a picture of how the inside looks? Thanks for the info!


  3. It shouldn’t hang too lose. Make sure to fill the ends as much as you can with more yarn when you weave them. And make sure to use chunky yarn at the end. I will take more pictures and post them soon.
    Linda, thank so much for your nice words about my previous post.


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  5. I did some circular weaving for a class project where I needed to combine two techniques. I made a pillow where the center is circular weaving and around the edges were crochet, I would leave a picture but I can’t seem to figure out how to do that


  6. Just love your hats. I have just aquired a round loom. and have found
    your pictures inspirational, and love the way you use wools and the different texures.


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  8. I weave over and under and over and under, but when I got past the place where I started it goes the same as the first line, the same place over and the same place under.Why?


  9. Great blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed here?
    I’d really love to be a part of online community where I can get feedback from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!


  10. how do you crochet the brim. i can crochet but i don’t know how to do this.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


  11. I would so so so want to buy one of your hats. I live in Greece is their any way we can do this please let me know perhaps I could do it through paypal Thanks


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