“Alternating Beads” is a pattern I remember well for several reasons. I worked particularly hard on it (back in my early days of designing) to achieve exactly the effect of a beaded curtain (those hippie things that were so cool in the Sixties). Also, I chose it for one of the 2016 Weave-Along patterns. It has visual appeal on both sides and looks great in many warping configurations. It went through a couple of versions (one of which is “crossed out” below).

R1: P
R2: (U3, P5) x 3, U3, P4
R3-15: Rpt R2
R16: P

R1: P
Even Rows: U1, (O3, P5) x 3, O3, P3
Odd Rows: O2, (P5, O3) x 3, P5
R16: P

I think this is the same as Alternating Stars below.

R1: P
Even Rows: P2, (U3, P5) x 3, U3, P2
Odd Rows: P5, (U3, P5) x 3, U2
R16: P

R1: P
Even Rows: U3, P3, (U3, P5) x 2, U3, P3, U3
Odd Rows: P2, (U3, P5) x 3, U3, P2
R16: P

Recommended warping L1&3: light color L2&4: dark color

“Alternating Dashes” taught me a lot about warping configurations—changing colors from layer to layer. The warping can completely change the resulting appearance of the pattern. Be sure to try it out! There are a couple of blog posts on Windsweptmind that explain how to weave this pattern in detail (see link below).

Alternating Dashes, AKA Diamonds Stitch, AKA #4

Alternating Dashes

R1: P
Even Rows: U1, O3, P3, O3, P4, U3, P4, O3, P3, O3, U1
Odd Rows: P4, U3, P3, U3, P5, U3, P3, U3, P4
R16: P

Alternating Stars

Alternating Stars

R1: P
Even Rows: P2, (U3, P5) x 3, U3, P2
Odd Rows: P6, (U3, P5) x 3, U3, P6
R16: P

AKA “Horizontal Xs Variation 3.” The ombre yarn is responsible for the interesting appearance of this square.

Annex (with L2M)

L1-3: CSS “Sunshine”
L4: LH “Yosemite”

Annex (with L2M)

Special Instructions
L2M: Warp loom taking L3 #8 UNDER L2 #8.
(See L2 Manipulation Instructions.)

R1: P
R2: P2, U3, O1, U3, P13, U3, O1, U3, P2
R3: P4, U3, O1, U3, P9, U3, O1, U3, P4
R4: P6, U3, O1, U3, P5, U3, O1, U3, P6
R5: P8, (U3, O1) x 3, U3, P8
R6: P10, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P10
R7: P12, U3, O1, U3, P12
R8: P14, U3, P14
R9: Rpt R8
R10: Rpt R7
R11: Rpt R6
R12: Rpt R5
R13: Rpt R4
R14: Rpt R3
R15: Rpt R2
R16: P

Annex — back view

April

L1-3: YBSS “Ivory”
L4: ILTY “Plums”

April

R1: P
R2: P6, U3, O1, U3, P5, U3, O1, U3, P6
R3: P2, (U3, P9) x 2, U3, P2
R4: Rpt R2
R5: Rpt R3
R6: P
R7: Rpt R2
R8: Rpt R3
R9: Rpt R2
R10: Rpt R3
R11: P
R12: Rpt R2
R13: Rpt R3
R14: Rpt R2
R15: Rpt R3
R16: P

Don’t remember why this is called April; probably because I designed it in April on a rainy spring day.