At some point it will be necessary to consolidate all the Horizontal Xs patterns. For now, because I live in semi-chaos, I’m posting this variation here so I can deplete one hodge podge stack of squares and move these two into another.

Horizontal Xs variation 4—L1/2-4

A blog reader asked if Star in a Cross could be woven on a 6″ loom. The answer is yes. This is a pattern that transfers well to the 6″ loom. I had to diagram it to be sure because sometimes 4″ patterns don’t work well on the 6″ loom.

Because squares from the 6″ loom have a larger area, sometimes tiny motifs (such as the star in the center of the cross) won’t look very dynamic or significant. For that reason I played around with some variations. I haven’t woven any of these, so I’m not sure how they’ll turn out. There are still other options for this pattern, so I might need to go back to the drawing board. For now, here they are.

Recommended warping: L1&2 dark/3&4 light.

Star in a Cross

Lattice Borders—judging by the number of variations I made—is one of my favorite patterns from Weave-It Magic Squares. I haven’t included all the variations in this post, only the ones that turned out well.

Lattice Borders—L1&2/3/4

I’ve been putting off writing this one because I thought I already had. Unlike the method in Part 5, I actually like this one a lot and have found it quite useful. For patterns that have a lot of O3s combined with U3s—particularly those with the U3/O3, O3/U3 star motif—this is a great warping configuration. (You can also use L1/2-4 for such patterns, but L1&2/3&4 will usually look better). I plan to post several new patterns soon that will show examples using this warping method (see Lattice Borders and variations for examples).

Lattice Borders variation 1—this method is the tidier method

Here are a few Loomette patterns I diagrammed today. Not sure if I’ve ever woven them, so I don’t have photo samples of the squares. If you want the typed-out instructions you can find them in The Loomette Handbook: New Weaves, Vogues and Suggestions. Scroll past all the Weave-It pamphlets and it’s the fourth Loomette booklet. Read More →

One of my favorite motifs from the vintage pattern books is the U3, O3/O3, U3 star. Star in a Cross is found on p 15 of Weave-It Magic Squares, and the little star motif is in several of the patterns in that book.

Star in a Cross, from Weave-It Magic Squares

This pattern is so named because it reminded me of the actual checkers on the board, not necessarily the straight lines of squares.

Checkerboard 2, L1-3/4—maybe a darker L4 color would enhance the pattern a bit more

If you didn’t die of boredom looking at the photo of this square, read on.

Checkerboard 1, AKA Hexagons variation 5