To Knot or Not to Knot?

This is a tutorial on how to begin a square without tying a knot, how to read a chart and follow a pattern, and how to make BEAUTIFUL squares with even warp and weft distribution.

To begin, if you DO want to start your square by tying a reverse slip knot to secure the yarn to your loom, see this short video (there are obviously other parts in this six-part series, and you’re welcome to watch those as well. But be prepared to die of boredom because not only is there no plot . . . well, you’ll see).*

Tie a reverse slip knot and attach it to one of the four pins near Cr1; begin warping as usual.

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The name of this pattern is a bit of a mouthful, so feel free to abbreviate—HBBX. It’s derived from a combination of Banded Heart and Diamond Bar X; hence the name. One of the nice things about this pattern is that the heart is slightly taller than Banded Heart (by one row), so it’s centered on the square.

I needed some color swatches for my current project, so I used this pattern and its variations for my samples (which is why I wove all the variations instead of posting, “Four more I haven’t tried yet.”). While weaving the second square (Variation 1), I discovered a mistake in the design, so the first sample has it and the second two, as well as the diagrams, don’t.

Heart Band Bar X

After looking at this more closely I see I left out the two center U3s of R8—another mistake! This square might look better had I put them in.

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This one was a bit of work.

There are several versions of this pattern. The one I chose to focus on has an extra row of plain weave on R2. Other versions eliminate that row and expand the heart to the very edges of the square. It’s easy enough to create a Solid Heart by just filling the shape with U3s. Double Outline hearts can sometimes be a bit tricky. If I feel so inclined (or if someone requests it) I can work on Double Outlines for the other versions.

Corner Heart, Single Outline

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