Tranquil Waters Spa Mitts

Learn the inspiration for these clever rigid-heddle woven exfoliating mitts—and get the details on where to find the pattern!

Susan E. Horton Jul 27, 2023 - 3 min read

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Susan E. Horton’s luxurious linen Spa Mitts.

I supposes it’s because I'm a weaver that I'm interested in the different types and sizes of towels used in other countries, but who knows? Maybe its the other way around; maybe interesting towels made me become a weaver. In any case, I wove these linen spa mitts to mimic shower mitts she used as a college student while studying abroad in France.

Although the French mitts I used during my time in France were very utilitarian, made out of beige terry cloth, and had nothing pretty about them, I designed these mitts with a knotting design worked into the palm to add a little bit of scrubbiness and make them more interesting. I chose muted colors that said “spa” to me, but you could choose two colors that match your bathroom.

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Susan E. Horton’s Spa Mitts lend themselves to mindful, meditative weaving.

The pattern is written to weave 4 mitts and efficiently use 4 skeins of linen in two colors. That means warping and weaving two separate warps, reversing which color is the main color and which is the accent color, to create two sets of matching mitts. Not to be wasteful, the pattern calls for using your thrums to create the braids to hang them. The mitt construction is simple; a few seams and some hemming, and you’re done. Paired with some pretty soaps, these linen spa mitts would make a great housewarming gift or a beautiful addition to your own guest bath.

Find them today in Easy Weaving with Little Looms 2018.

Weave Well,

Susan E. Horton

P.S. Easy Weaving with Little Looms subscribers can find the full issue in our Little Looms Library here and All Access subscribers can find the project download here.

Project at a Glance:

Equipment needed: Rigid-heddle loom, 8" weaving width; 12-dent heddle; 2 small stick shuttles or 1 small stick shuttle and 1 netting shuttle.

Yarn: Sparrow (100% organic linen; Quince & Co.).

Other Supplies: ½" elastic, 48" long.