I think I had islands on my mind on 12 October—the West Indies, Saint Marie, Puerto Rico . . . This pattern is also named after the letter I because I wove that variation first. (A lot of my patterns come out I-shaped; it’s one way to break up repetitive rows.)

These are all the patterns I made up 12-14 Oct. Many are variations of the “Isles” basic pattern. The whitish one shows up more dramatically on the dark background.

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This is another pattern designed on 12 Oct. I’m not sure it’s new, but it might be (it’s hard to not reinvent the same things). I called it unbound because I’d usually continue the diamond pattern off the left and right edges of the square.

Unbound Diamonds

Unbound Diamonds

Sample: CSS “Pistachio”

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

Even though it’s 不行 (bùxíng) these days to talk about Columbus Day, I was raised on it. October 12 we remember him; I respect the man. No disrespect meant to any Native Americans or First Nation people; I don’t know what they call the holiday now and I respect their claim that this land didn’t exactly need to be discovered, but I’m glad we others got to come here.

The first pattern I designed on 12 Oct I called “Santa Maria,” which is funny because I was watching Death in Paradise at the time which takes place on the isle of Saint Marie.

Santa Maria

Santa Maria

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For the outline pumpkin it’s OK to use high contrast yarn. I think the Fall Banner will look better with solid-fill patterns than outlines, but this Pumpkin Outline might be useful for other purposes.

The Pumpkin Outline is a more natural pumpkin shape, not uniform from side to side.

Pumpkin Outline — Right Stem

Sample — L1-3: RHS “Tangerine,” L4: YBSS “Olive”

Pumpkin Outline — Left Stem

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For the last pattern in the Fall Banner project, you get to choose the one you like best.

When I first thought up the project idea I had already designed the pumpkin. After I started laying out my squares, however, I realized the pumpkin was the only one that was an outline—rather than a filled-in shape. I thought the outline didn’t look good with the others.

But then I had new problems.

The pumpkin shape tends to show better on the back of the square

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I’ve already announced this on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group, but here is the first set of instructions for the FALL WEAVE-ALONG.

If all goes according to plan, we’ll be using a 4″ x 4″ loom to weave 12 squares for a Fall Banner. In fact, it will actually be 15 squares since we’ll need to make the “hanging sleeve” as well. (Hopefully it’ll still be fall when we get done.) This is the design idea in it’s infant state:

This is the plan

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