People frequently ask if you should prewash your squares before you sew them together. It’s entirely up to you, but if you’re felting wool squares or saving the tails to sew the squares together later, washing before joining can be a messy business. I shrunk these squares after they were sewn together.

I used Plymouth Yarn’s “Jeanee,” 55% cotton, 45% acrylic. I hoped it would shrink some, but wasn’t sure because of the acrylic content.

Jeannee is a nice DK-weight yarn for weaving on the pin loom. It’s reasonably stretchy (for cotton) and makes a fairly snug weave. When using cotton yarn on a pin loom, I find it easier to weave if the yarn has some stretch to it—which often means blended cotton.

Before washing these squares (30 minutes in hot, soapy water; 30 minutes rinse), I Xeroxed them so I could tell how much they shrunk. I’m not the kind of person who likes to hold one square out to check these things.

I put the four-plex on top of the paper to make sure sizes matched, then plunged the fabric into the hot water for its baths. I set everything out to dry overnight and then placed the fabric back on top of the paper. Voila! Shrinkage.

I hope these tips help those who want to see the potential effects of shrinkage on their sewn-together squares.

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**Diamond Outline**

**R1:** P

**R2:** P6, U3, P6

**R3:** P4, U3, O1, U3, P4

**R4:** P2, U3, P5, U3, P2

**R5:** Rpt R3

**R6:** Rpt R2

**R7-8:** P

Unfortunately the diamond can’t be centered in the square. Its off-centeredness is very noticeable on these tiny squares.

**Solid Diamond**

**R1:** P

**R2:** P6, U3, P6

**R3:** P4, U3, O1, U3, P4

**R4:** P2, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P2

**R5:** Rpt R3

**R6:** Rpt R2

**R7-8:** P

**Horizontal Xs** (for 2″ loom)

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **(U3, P3) x 2, U3

**Odd Rows:** (P3, O3) x 2, P3

**R8:** P

**X-Stitch Technique** (and pattern)

You can find instructions for working the X-Stitch here. (The sample square woven using green yarn in that demo uses the pattern below with R2 and R3 in reverse order and also R6 and R7.)

**R1:** P

**R2:** P2, U3, P5, U3, P2

**R3:** (U3, O1) x 3, U3

**R4:** P

**R5:** P9, X-Stitch, P6

**R6:** Rpt R3

**R7:** Rpt R2

**R8:** P

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The following two patterns use Layer 2 Manipulation, or **L2M***,* which is described in the Glossary and demonstrated in the Maple Leaf post about 3/4 of the way down the page. (Later on I’ll reweave them and give more instructions if necessary.)

**Cross Center**

**Special Instructions**

**L2M:** Warp loom taking L2 warp #8 UNDER L1 #3 and #6.

**R1:** P

**R2:** P4, U3, O1, U3, P4

**R3:** P2, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P2

**R4:** (P3, O3) x 2, P3

**R5:** Rpt R4

**R6:** Rpt R3

**R7:** Rpt R2

**R8:** P

**Cross Center Variation**

**Special Instructions**

**L2M:** Warp loom taking L2 warp #8 UNDER L1 #3 and #6.

**R1:** P

**R2:** P4, U3, O1, U3, P4

**R3:** P6, U3, P6

**R4:** (P3, O3) x 2, P3

**R5:** Rpt R4

**R6:** Rpt R3

**R7:** Rpt R2

**R8:** P

#1

**R1:** P

**R2-7:** P2, U3, P3, U3, P4

**R8:** P

#2

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **P2, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P2

**Odd Rows:** (U3, O1) x 3, U3

**R8:** P

#2 Variation

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **P2, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P2

**Odd Rows:** P4, U3, O1, U3, P4

**R8:** P

#3

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **P3, O3, U3, O3, P3

**Odd Rows:** U3, P9, U3

**R8:** P

#4

**R1: **P

**Even Rows:** (U3, P3) x 2, U3

**Odd Rows:** (P3, O3) x 2, P3

**R8:** P

#5

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **U1, (O2, U2) x 3, O2

**Odd Rows:** P

**R8:** P

It would probably be better to P3 at the end of each row; this would result in a large band of plain weave at top and right edges. Reversing R2 and combining four squares (two of each) might make an interesting four-patch.

#6

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **U1, (O2, U2) x 3, P2

**Odd Rows:** (U1, O3) x 3, P3

**R8:** P

#7

**R1: **P

**R2-7: **(U1, O3) x 3, P2

**R8:** P

#7 looks better on the back than the front.

#8 (Same as #6 for now)

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **U1, (O2, U2) x 3, P2

**Odd Rows:** (U1, O3) x 3, P3

**R8:** P

#9

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **U1, O3, P7, O3, U1

**Odd Rows:** P4, U3, O1, U3, P4

**R8:** P

#10

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **P2, (U2, O2) x 3, U1

**Odd Rows:** P3, (O3, U1) x 3

**R8:** P

Sample shows **R4:** P

#10 looks better on the back than the front.

#11

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **P2, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P2

**Odd Rows:** P

**R8:** P

#12

**R1: **P

**Even Rows: **P2, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P2

**Odd Rows:** P4, U3, O1, U3, P4

**R8:** P

Instructions:

**R1-3:** P

**R4:** P12, U3, O1, U3, P9, U3, O1, U3, P12

**R5:** P10, (U3, O1) x 6, U3, P10

**R6:** P12, (U3, O1) x 5, U3, P12

**R7:** P14, (U3, O1) x 4, U3, P14

**R8:** P16, (U3, O1) x 3, U3, P16

**R9:** P6, U3, P9, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P9, U3, P6

**R10:** P4, U3, O1, U3, P5, (U3, O1) x 3, U3, P5, U3, O1, U3, P4

**R11:** P2, [(U3, O1) x 2, U3, P5] x 2, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P2

**R12:** P4, (U3, O1, U3, P9) x 2, U3, O1, U3, P4

**R13:** P2, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P9, U3, P9, (U3, O1) x 2, U3, P2

**R14:** P4, U3, O1, U3, P25, U3, O1, U3, P4

**R15:** P6, U3, P7, U3, P9, U3, P7, U3, P6

**R16:** P14, U3, O1, U3, P5, U3, O1, U3, P14

**R17:** P12, U3, O1, U3, P9, U3, O1, U3, P12

**R18:** Rpt R16

**R19:** Rpt R17

**R20:** Rpt R16

**R21:** P16, U3, P9, U3, P16

**R22-24:** P