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…)
The sample shows L1/2-4 warping. This pattern grew out of my experiments with the Ladders patterns recently posted.
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.
In all my years weaving I think I’ve only used this warping configuration once before tonight, but I could be wrong. In the green-and-white finished sample square you can see the interesting effect, along the top and bottom, of changing colors L2-only, so I’d say this configuration is worth exploring.
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I finally posted the info for changing colors on L1 only.
I’ll be removing this update post in a day or two, just wanted to let you know the “old” post had finally been created.
For rhetoric about this pattern, see Ladders 1a and 1b.
18 April 2019 UPDATE—A blog friend informs me that this pattern—perhaps feeling it didn’t get enough individual attention—has made another appearance under a different name a few weeks later. It’s now going by the name of Lattice Borders original, amended. It’s difficult for me to keep from running across the same patterns from time to time—especially the simpler, more elegant ones. I once invented a pattern I really loved and called it Basketweave, only to discover that it was good old Horizontal Xs. I also called one Withy Fence, but it was Horizontal Xs all along.
This might not be the best yarn for weaving patterns. When I bought it on clearance at Michaels a few years ago I wanted to try it out right away, so I sat down and made up two patterns (see also Ladders 2). For over two years I didn’t look at them again, but whenever I thought of them I remembered how much I liked the look of the yarn—which looks different in the photo of the back of the square (unnatural light). The ladder shows on the back of the square; this explains why I made up Ladders 2 (always like to get the motif onto the front).
Gotta admit, I like design challenges. I like them best when they work out, of course. This one did. A friend and member of the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group asked if I could design a square that looked like the stripes of a flag waving in the wind. After a number of attempts—and several rejected ideas—this is what I arrived at.