Inkle Loom Plain-Weave Pattern Generator

This tool will help you generate a pattern for an inkle loom.  This tool is limited to a plain-weave, meaning that threads on the inkle loom alternate passing through the heddles.  No special techniques are required to lift or drop individual threads during the weaving process.

To begin, enter the total number of threads in your weave.  This is usually determined by the desired width of the finished piece, and the thickness of the yarn or thread that you're using.  If you like, you can start with a rough estimate, and update the number as you develop your pattern.

Number of Threads:     

If you would like to continue working on a saved pattern, select the file below:

If you love this tool and you'd like to donate, click here!

This is a great program. I am new to inkle weaving and already want to create some of my own patterns. This is my first try and it was much easier than graphing out the colors on paper. Like some of the others, I couldn't print my pattern but used Bretts method of just counting the colors in order. Now on to the loom.
Posted by Susan on Thursday, March 15, 2018
I was asked if donations could be made by PayPal; yes! That's actually the only way you can donate. I'm surprised that PayPal's Donate button doesn't have the PayPal logo! I'll have to look into that.
Posted by Carolyn on Friday, February 9, 2018

That's a good idea, I may just do that!
Posted by Carolyn on Thursday, February 8, 2018
Something that would be useful to me, and my engineer mind, would be a thread count list. This is what I do when I warp the loom.

For example, when I setup my 3 color pattern, I wrote it down like this:

8 Red
1 Black
1 Red
1 Black
1 Red
1 Black
1 Red
1 Black
1 Red
1 Black
1 Red
2 Black
10 Red
2 Gold
1 Red
2 Gold
10 Red
2 Black
1 Red
1 Black
1 Red
1 Black
1 Red
1 Black
1 Red
1 Black
1 Red
1 Black
8 Red

Then all I have to do is count to warp my loom! It would be awesome if the patten generator could do this. :)
Posted by Brett Noe on Thursday, February 8, 2018
It's a little difficult to diagnose from the description. Did you download the pattern file from your Google Drive to your PC before trying to upload it to the website? Before you upload the file, are you clicking on the "Choose File" button first, and selecting the file from your local PC drive? You can try sending the saved file to, and I'll take a look at it and see if there are any problems.
Posted by Carolyn on Saturday, June 10, 2017
I don't know what the issue is, but I've tried several times to upload a pattern I made on my phone, But it's not working. I and then download it to my phone, move it to my google drive, and try to upload it on my PC to print. Unfortunately, your program isn't recognizing it, saying, no program chosen, once I click upload pattern. Any thoughts on why this might be happening?
Posted by Robyn on Friday, June 9, 2017
Joan, Yes there is! Just click on the "Choose File" button, select the saved pattern from your local computer, and then click on "Upload Pattern". The pattern itself is data, though, not an image. You have to upload the pattern to this utility to see the images.
Posted by Carolyn on Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Is there a way to open a saved pattern?
Posted by Joan on Tuesday, May 23, 2017
It really wouldn't be too much different than manually lifting and dropping threads, as you see in some patterns, though the weft thread will be slightly less secure in that section.
Posted by Carolyn on Friday, March 24, 2017
When you are putting you warp threads on the loom,what would be the results of putting three Heddle threat beside each, other vice a Heddle and then an Open? other than change the final design.
Posted by James on Friday, March 24, 2017
I think it would be a great idea, I would use it. Would love to see what you and many others create using the program and can give some great inspiration to your own projects looking what others create. GO FOR IT.
Posted by Chris on Friday, January 6, 2017
Oh, and Chris (and others)...

I was thinking of creating a gallery page where people could share photos of their work. Do you all think that would be a fun thing to have? Would you use it?
Posted by Carolyn on Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Thank you to all who have donated this month! I just want to let you know that your contributions will be matched dollar for dollar, and are helping poor women around the world earn a better living for themselves and their families through much-needed tools such as sewing machines, embroidery machines, weaving looms, and literacy programs. You're making a difference! Blessings to all, and have a great holiday and a Merry Christmas!
Posted by Carolyn on Wednesday, December 21, 2016
I cannot begin to tell you how much I rely on this app. .I love it. I use it every time I weave and it's a life saver! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Posted by Betsy on Sunday, December 11, 2016
Oh Carolyn You are a GEM THANK YOU SOoooo MUCH. That is SO MUCH BETTER. I love this page and use is regularly, this will make things easier. I am in the middle of making my mum's Birthday present I created two new bands to make a roll case for the shuttles I crafted to go with an Inkle loom my dad has built her for her birthday. I love the bands I created on the generator. Wish I could share a picture with you when it is finished. THANK YOU AGAIN BIG TIME. BIG FAN CHRIS.
Posted by Chris on Sunday, December 4, 2016
I totally understand; I've gotten to the point myself where I prefer things to be easier on the eyes. See if this helps a bit.

Oh, and if you don't see the change, it may be that your browser has cached the style sheet... if you force-refresh the page, that should reload the style sheet. (That would be, shift-refresh, or control-refresh, depending on your browser.)
Posted by Carolyn on Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Love all the changes you made love the dots that show the heddles and being able to save and then upload to work on again AWESOME FEATURE, I use that all the time. You wouldn't be able to make the squares larger and slightly more space in between at the bottom which shows the threads the representation of the threads would you? They kind of run together and I tend to repeat the odd line younger eyes are obviously better than mine, but it would really help. As always a devoted user and fan of your program. Chris.
Posted by Chris on Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Love the dots. Thank you!
Posted by Joan on Monday, October 10, 2016
Thank you SO much for sharing this wonderful app. I tell everyone about it!
Posted by Beth Mercer on Thursday, September 29, 2016
Wow - thank you for the updates! Nice.
Posted by Toni on Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Hi Folks!
Just want to let you know that, thanks to some friendly user suggestions, the Pattern Generator now lets you save your designs, and upload saved designs so that you can keep working on them! Also, in the pattern, threads that go through the heddles are now marked with a dot. Enjoy!
Posted by Carolyn on Saturday, September 24, 2016
I've expanded the thread count for now; I'll look into saving and retrieving files when I have more time.
Posted by Carolyn on Friday, September 23, 2016
That's a good suggestion, I'll give it some thought!
Posted by Carolyn on Friday, September 23, 2016
Thank you for the generator. It's a great tool! I'd love to see a paid version that would allow for more threads (over 100), and allow me to save multiple designs. I'm saving my final versions as screen clips, but would love to be able to bring in a design back in to alter it.
Posted by Toni on Friday, September 23, 2016
Thank you so much for this pattern generator. It has brought me hours and hours of fun and kept me from tearing my hair out having to do it manually. God bless you.
Posted by Andre on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
When you print, be sure to enable background colors and images, or background graphics, in your browser. This may vary depending on the browser. Click here for instructions and screen shots.
Posted by Carolyn on Thursday, August 18, 2016
I LOVE YOUR PATTERN GENERATOR. But when I print out the chart none of the squares are colored. Help!
Posted by Raine on Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Just found you, looking forward to lots of fun
Posted by Shelagh on Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Thanks for getting back to me Carolyn, and the new colour controls are an awesome addition. BIG THUMBS UP. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Oh as for the yarn I use for my dog collar, I use a Bamboo cotton mix which is 70% Bamboo, 30% cotton. It's 4ply it is so silky and shiny and my inkle loom loves it. I just have to attach a buckle and add holes and its ready.

AWESOME ADDITION TO PLAIN WEAVE PATTERN GENERATOR. This is really going to help me when working out my warp colours for a pattern. Cheers.

Posted by Chris on Thursday, May 5, 2016
Love the new color controls!
Posted by Jill on Saturday, April 30, 2016
Hi Chris,

You're absolutely right; who doesn't need more color??  Since such a vast range of color is possible, instead of adding more swatches, I've added controls to let you customize the color exactly the way you like!  You can pick something from the swatches that is close to what you want, and then use the sliders to tweak it until it's just right.

Also, I'm really curious to know what material you used to weave your dog collar.  Ordinary yarn, or something more rugged?
Posted by Carolyn on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Its a fantastic little tool and I designed my first band for my dogs collar on this, I was skeptical I admit, but I was thrilled to see my pattern coming to life as I wove my first large piece on my inkle loom. Thank you for providing such a neat tool for us all to use.

I only wish there were more colours in the colour bar to use, its kind of hard to picture how my colours will look sometimes, yes more choice of colours would make it even more fab.

Kind Regards
Posted by Chris on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Thanks for this webpage. I especially like the Inkle loom Generator
Posted by Karen on Sunday, August 30, 2015
Love the Inkle Pattern generator. It is a very helpful tool to have access to. Thank you
Posted by Scott Osterhout on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
You are very talented; your crafts are so inspiring, Thank you for the inkle pattern generator. I am new to inkle weaving. After much practice the light bulb went on today, and I am finally getting it to look neat and tidy! Your little app makes it a snap to design a pattern quickly. I can 'see' a pattern now, but at first I did not grasp how e warp thread placement made the pattern. Your app has helped me 'get it'. This is a great teaching tool.
Posted by Diane Warde on Thursday, April 16, 2015
Hello! Thanks so much for the Inkle Pattern Generator! It is fabulous! If you ever decide to make it a plugin, let me know. I would love to have it on my web site as well! Thanks again, Dawn
Posted by Dawn A.K.A Aunt Goose on Saturday, August 9, 2014
Thanks for the Inkle Pattern Generator; I'm teaching two friends to inkle-weave tonight, and will be showing it to them. One thing: since you tweaked it, it now prints a pattern on two separate pages, even though a pattern only needs about 1/2 page to fit. I get a page-jump between the bar of boxes showing the Pattern, and all the other info (page header, website-URL, "Swatch" preview pic., text, # of threads...) I'm using a Safari browser on an iPad 3, iOS 7.1, and printing on a Bluetooth-connected Canon printer... I haven't yet updated to the latest iOS (7.1.1).
Posted by Alys // AmyCat =^.^= on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Thank you for the pattern generator it is a great tool for so many projects. I am also very happy about your Bible study and your detail to the word of God. The later is the most important.
Posted by Trudy Riggens on Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thank you for making the pattern generator available. It's a great tool that works well and is fun to use!
Posted by Betsy on Monday, March 3, 2014
Thank you for providing the pattern generator!
Posted by Buck on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I loved using your pattern generator very much! Thank you!
Posted by Patricia on Saturday, January 18, 2014
I like the new format for the Pattern generator,,super improvement,,,Thank you ever so much,,
Posted by James on Saturday, January 18, 2014
Thank you! The inkle loom pattern generator is the really great. It saves me so much time. Love it.
Posted by Lynne Marie on Thursday, January 2, 2014
Thanks for the pattern Generator and all the wonderful information on your site. How fun!
Posted by Marietta on Friday, November 8, 2013

Is the Owner of this site still monitoring it? I haven't seen any responses from them since July 2011. Use this site alot, love it..

I am, I'm very sorry. I have noted your comments about the inkle loom pattern generator, and I do intend to make improvements to that tool. Just been busy with things! Tell you what, I'll try to take a look at that by the end of this month.

Posted by James on Sunday, September 22, 2013
Attractive website. LOVE the inkle pattern generator. Just what I was looking for. Wonderful! Last night I did my first warp on an inkle loom to get used to it. I'm more familiar with the cricket rigid heddle patterns showing both warp and weft so your pattern generator helps me feel less blind with warp faced weaving. Glad I found this now. My second warp will be much more interesting! Thanks again!
Posted by Noelle on Friday, May 31, 2013
I like the site very much,,however if I could put the pattern colors directly on the PREVIEW pattern and then have them fill in the PATTERN line would be most helpful,,just the reverse of how it is done now..and be able to print them when done,I get blank Patter/Preview at this time. I can see in my mind what I want to achieve ,just have problems with the transition from mind to paper.
Posted by James on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I love the inkle pattern generator! Unfortunately, when I printed them out, using the printer friendly page, both of the grids were blank, no color, even though I had color patterns in them. I was able to copy the colors from the last one (because it was the only one still on my screen) into the grids, the others I will have to make up again. I printed 3 out before I realized they weren't printing anything but empty squares. It's still a really useful site, but being able to print the patterns would be great! I think I used this site several years ago and it did print out colors then. Not sure though.

When you print the pattern, be sure to enable background colors and images on your printer.
What's with the human thing?
If I don't include the “human” test on my comment form, I get tons of spam!  I don't particularly like those CAPTCHA images, so I opted for something simpler.
Posted by Abigail on Friday, November 9, 2012
I thank you immensely for the Inkle Loom Pattern Generator! I'm just a beginner and it's a huge help!
Posted by Lady Riya on Thursday, August 23, 2012

I have been playing with your Inkle loom pattern generator and I think it is very clever! I have one question though. I am new to Inkel weaving, and I don't understand how to read the pattern. Which threads go in the heddles and which do not? The patterns I have seen have two rows so I know how to warp the loom.

Thank you for your help!

This pattern generator is just for plain weave, so every other thread goes through the heddles.  It doesn't really matter whether the first thread goes through the heddle or not, just so long as you alternate threads.  Hope that helps!

Posted by Debbie Parker on Thursday, July 28, 2011
Love your site, just found the pattern designer from conversation on inkle loom group. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to play with this.
Posted by carolyn on Saturday, June 4, 2011

Today I was amazed and excited to discover your Inkle Loom Pattern Generator. I've put a link to it on the resources page of my blog here.

For all the years I've been weaving, I've not seen anything like it and think it is the cleverest thing ever! Thank you so much.


Heheh... thank you!  I actually wrote that program in a dream
— Carolyn
Posted by Annie MacHale on Friday, June 3, 2011
I just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed the inkle pattern generator. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
You're most welcome!  I'm glad someone found it useful! 
— Carolyn
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