One of my favorite joking statements is, “I’m falling apart, won’t you join me?”

Our pin loom squares, while not falling apart, still need to be joined if you want to produce some sort of finished product. There are many ways to join squares: duct tape, glue, sewing machine . . . But for a more organic result, you’ll most likely want to use yarn. And why not use those pesky ends that need to be woven in anyway? (My friend prefers to not use yarn tails because of the danger of puckering the squares as she pulls the stitches, so that’s something to consider.)

Mattress Stitch

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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