Had to take a break from blogging to eat and play with the dogs. Now, back to “Isles” variations.

Isles — Variation 5

Sample: BS “Sable” (I don’t think this yarn does justice to the pattern. It’s a kind of ugly color and it’s a smidgen too thick to show the open work of the pattern. Still, I rather like this one.)

R1: P
R2: P11, O3, U3, O3, P11
R3: P3, O3, U3, O3, P7, O3, U3, O3, P3
R4: Rpt R2
R5: Rpt R3
R6: U1, O3, P23, O3, U1 (Optional: P across row)
R7: Rpt R2
R8: P
R9: P
R10: Rpt R2
R11: Rpt R6 (Optional: P across row)
R12: Rpt R2
R13: Rpt R3
R14: Rpt R2
R15: Rpt R3
R16: P

I think the U3s at the beginning and end of R6 and R11 add a little something to the overall look, but you could leave them out.

You could create a variation of this variation by plain weaving R2, 4, 6, 11, 13, and 15 which would give you four blocks of pattern, one in each quadrant.

Isles — Variation 6

Sample: YBSS “Biscuit”

R1: P
R2: P3, O3, U3, O3, P19
R3: P11, O3, U3, O3, P11
R4: P3, O3, U3, O3, P7, O3, U3, O3, P3
R5: U1, O3, P7, O3, U3, O3, P11
R6: P19, O3, U3, O3, P3
R7: U1, O3, P27
R8: Rpt R2
R9: Rpt R3
R10: Rpt R4
R11: Rpt R5
R12: Rpt R6
R13: Rpt R7
R14: Rpt R2
R15: Rpt R3
R16: P

I’m not sure I like this variation. I originally meant it to be a > shape, but changed my mind halfway through weaving it. These diagonal lines are so subtle that they almost look like a mistake. I’m not sure this diagonal will make a pleasing > shape, but to try it:
R8-9: P
R10-15: repeat R7-2.

Isles — Variation 7

Sample: CSS “Sage”

R1: P
R2: P3, O3, U3, O3, P7, O3, U3, O3, P3
R3: P11, O3, U3, O3, P11
R4: U1, O3, P23, O3, U1
R5: Rpt R3
R6: Rpt R2
R7: P
R8: Rpt R2
R9: Rpt R3
R10: P
R11: Rpt R3
R12: Rpt R2
R13: Rpt R4
R14: Rpt R2
R15: Rpt R3
R16: P

I wanted to call this “Friday the 13th,” since that’s when I made it up, but it doesn’t look particularly ominous.

You could start with R2 following the R3 directions; R3 would follow R4 directions . . . and end on R15 with R4. This might give the square a slightly less off-centered look.

(I need to re-diagram this, so the following may not look good even though it will certainly weave up all right.) For a variation of this variation:
R4, 10: U1, O3, P5, O3, P7, O3, P5, O3, U1
R7, 13: U1, O3, P7, O3, P3, O3, P7, O3, U1

Isles — Variation 8

Sample: mill end light green

R1: P
R2: P
R3: P11, O3, U3, O3, P11
R4: P3, O3, U3, O3, P7, O3, U3, O3, P3
R5: U1, O3, P7, O3, P3, O3, P7, O3, U1
R6: Rpt R4
R7: Rpt R3
R8-14: Rpt R1-7
R15: P
R16: P

Isles — Variation 9

Sample: CSS “Berry Blue”

This variation has a lot of options. The one I used here doesn’t look great; in my opinion it would look better to add the center “stars” all along the center panel, or to leave them out entirely.

R1: P
R2: P3, O3, U3, O3, P7, O3, U3, O3, P3
R3: U1, O3, P7, O3, P3, O3, P7, O3, U1
R4: Rpt R2
R5: P (Sample has a mistake in this row.)
R6-13: (Rpt R-5) x 2
R14: Rpt R2
R15: Rpt R3
R16: P

These are the basic instructions and will give you a plain weave column down the center in hexagon shapes (you can see one at the top of the sample square).

Sample shows one center “star”:

R8: P3, O3, U3, O3, P2, U3, P2, O3, U3, O3, P3
R9: P12, U3, O1, U3, P12
R10: Rpt R8

To add the “stars” all along the center panel:

R1: P
R2: P3, O3, U3, O3, P2, U3, P2, O3, U3, O3, P3
R3: U1, O3, P7, O3, P3, O3, P7, O3, U1
R4: Rpt R2
R5: P12, U3, O1, U3, P12
R6-13: (Rpt R-5) x 2
R14: Rpt R2
R15: Rpt R3
R16: P

You can further vary “Isles — Variation 9” by weaving:
(Two rows: P; R2, R3, P, R3, R2) x 2; Two rows P
(You can add the “stars” or leave them out.)