Weaving – Hot Tub Towels

Hot Tub Towels

Colourful cotton and chenille weave up easily into soft and absorbent towels for your hot tub or bath. These towels are woven in a simple twill, but will give the beginner weaver practice in using 2 shuttles. The pattern will make 2 towels, 24″ x 54″ finished size.

Yarns
8/2 Cotton – 1 lb.
Cotton Chenille – 1450 ypp – 1 lb.
Warp:
8/2 cotton – Turquoise
Cotton Chenille – Apricot
Weft:
8/2 Cotton – Turquoise
Cotton Chenille – Apricot
Sett: 20 epi
Width in Reed: 28″
No. Ends: 560
Warp Length: 5 yards

Weaving Instructions
This pattern uses 2 types of warp and weft:
unmercerized 8/2 cotton (Turquoise colour in the draft) and cotton chenille (apricot colour in the draft)

This weave creates small squares of cotton surrounded by a frame of chenille, making the towel both soft and durable.

Weave with 2 shuttles, 1 with cotton chenille and 1 with 8/2 cotton. Weave 2 shots of chenille, in tabby and then weave 4 shots of 8/2 cotton, in twill, according to the treadling plan.

Finishing
Weave 2 inches of tabby using the 8/2 cotton yarn, at each end of the towels. This will allow for seam finishing of the edges.
Remove the warp from the loom, and knot the ends. Put the warp through a wash and dry cyle in your washer to wet finish the fabric.
Machine stitch the edges with a rolled hem.

Rigid Heddle Variation
If you have a smaller table loom, or a rigid heddle loom, you can do a smaller version of these towels for use as hand towels. On a 2 shaft rigid heddle loom, the towels can be woven in tabby. Use 2 shuttles, one with cotton chenille and 1 with 8/2 cotton. Weave 2 picks of cotton chenille, then weave 4 picks of 8/2 cotton.

Hot Tub Towel Challenge
Some of our Forum members wove these towels and encountered problems with worming using the cotton chenille. Some Chenille yarns do worm and can be difficult to work with. This is due to the yarn being a single ply and the fuzzy bits of the yarn have been cut, leading to inconsistent results when working with it.

I can only comment that I wove these towels in 2001 – and gave them to my son. I visited him a few weeks ago, and he was still using the towels. The colours have faded a bit but the towels are still in good shape – no worming after 10 years of use.

More Patterns

Handwoven Towel Patterns
Linen Towels
Hemp Towels
Twill Tabby Towels

Hand Weaving Books
The Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
Learning to Weave
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials


The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven
Krokbragd: How to Design & Weave
Doubleweave: On Four to Eight Shafts


Double Weave: Theory and Practice<
Magic of Doubleweave: The Best of Weaver’s (Best of Weaver’s series)
Weaving In the Arts: Widening the Learning Circle

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Last Updated on April 21, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi