If you’re not a member of the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group, you might want to join. We’ve got such a great group of creatives over there I can’t keep up with all their ideas.

There are several options for our Winter Weave-Along project. I’ll start with the basic idea which one of my Facebook pin loom buddies, Sarah Hluchy, contributed. It’s a variation on the Fall Banner.

This diagram shows 12 patterned squares and the three folded-over plain weave squares used to hang the banner. (In fact, they don’t have to be plain weave; an all-over pattern weave might also look nice, as long as it doesn’t compete with the other squares. See finished Noel Banner photo below.)

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From A to Zed, but still missing lots in between.
Also, still missing Zed.

In an attempt to make my alphabet letters more consistent with each other, I felt the need to thicken the legs on letter A. The changes are shown in green. I haven’t woven this option yet, but I believe it will look fine.

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Letter: F

Sample — L1-3: RHS “Toast,” L4: RHS “Guacamole”
Instructions

R1: P
R2: P4, U3, O1, U3, P20
R3: P22, U3, P6
R4: P4, U3, P24
R5: Rpt R3
R6: Rpt R4
R7: Rpt R3
R8: P4, (U3, O1) x3, U3, P12
R9: P10, (U3, O1) x3, U3, P6
R10: Rpt R8
R11: Rpt R3
R12: Rpt R4
R13: P6, (U3, O1) x 4, U3, P6
R14: P4, (U3, O1) x 5, U3, P4
R15: Rpt R13
R16: P

Green mark shows optional stitch

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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