If you read my first post about designing Christmas tree patterns, you’ll know I got rather sick of them. (This was in the days before I used charts to design my patterns.)

Sorting through some of my other old Christmas Tree patterns, I found this—design IV—and am offering it here as a more traditional looking Christmas Tree. I haven’t tried it with beads yet, but if I do, I’ll add the info and photo(s).

Christmas Tree IV shown with optional stitches

I used this pattern in my Noel Banner, but forgot to take a picture first—it doesn’t show up well in this photo. I didn’t use any of the optional stitches and I liked it better that way.

Christmas Tree IV

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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And here’s yet another pattern I developed for the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group September 2017 Square Swap. The Star is one I’ve attempted before without success—the drawing was so bad I never even wove a sample. But this time around something clicked. I tried a couple different versions and this one turned out really nice, I think. (If you’re not in love with it, feel free to design your own.) Again, I only wove two-color samples, in LOTS of colors—I think I prefer white as the main color though (L1-3: white, L4: contrast color). You can see that I used variegated yarn in some of the samples. I think it works as long as the colors blend well and are the same value (low-contrast).

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