In the May/June 2005 Handwoven magazine there is a pattern called Overshot Made Easy for Pot Holders by Jean Koruson (page 30-33). What I find fascinating is that she used 8/4 cotton carpet warp for both the warp and tabby and then worsted weight cotton knitting yarn for the pattern weft. I have never thought of going this big with overshot before, usually I am trying to get it all balanced with the very small weights of yarns. This is so exciting!
As you all know, I love Bertha Gray Hayes' patterns SO MUCH!! So I decided to the Dominos pattern for my first pot holder warp.
I wanted super bright colors! I think these will do!
And here is the sample so far:
There are a few threading errors on the right (not shown) that I need to either ignore or work out. I'm thinking Jean Korus (who wrote the article) chose the single pattern repeat for her potholders for a reason. I'm not getting enough pattern repeats to make it really that neat, but perhaps once I fix the threading error and actually wash it and take it off the loom I will like it a bit better. I do like the effect of 8/4 and worsted weight knitting yarn! I can think of all kinds of things this would be good for, like rugs. In fact, it was just on Tuesday I received an email from Judy last week about her rug using these larger sized yarns. I am so glad to get such good ideas to try out!