One of my favorite motifs from the vintage pattern books is the U3, O3/O3, U3 star. Star in a Cross is found on p 15 of Weave-It Magic Squares, and the little star motif is in several of the patterns in that book.
This pattern is so named because it reminded me of the actual checkers on the board, not necessarily the straight lines of squares.
If you didn’t die of boredom looking at the photo of this square, read on.
I’m not crazy about this one, but the flower-ish design in the center of two columns (on the back of the square) is interesting. Perhaps I don’t favor this sample because it’s woven with L1&2/3&4 warping, which is my least favorite combination. It might be worth weaving with L1 darker/2-4 lighter.
This is the first in a series of DuO patterns. I’m not crazy about it, but I’m posting it in case someone else wants to try it. I remember how much trouble I had designing the number 8 and here I just stumbled across it. (However, this is what I’d call the negative version; the back of the square is not as clearly an 8. Still it might be worth a rewrite…)
I may eventually say the same thing for all the two-layer, two-color warping configurations; I don’t use them often, but it’s useful to know how to do them when you want them. This one is probably my least favorite warping configuration which is interesting to me because it’s the same configuration generally used on a rigid heddle loom—warp one color, weft another. If you want to practice a weaving pattern you have in mind for a rigid heddle project, this pin loom warping configuration should be useful for that—especially if every odd row in your RH project is plain weave.