No denying it, diamonds are a popular design element when it comes to weaving. They’re symmetrical, versatile, and dynamic.
In addition to all-over patterns, sometimes patterns feature what I call “pictures.” So there are overall patterns and picture patterns, or pictures–in my personal terminology. Last week we learned that you can do just about anything and the weaving will work out. This week we’re going to tackle a simple picture: the “Single Outline Diamond” from the Weave-it Weaves booklet. Picture patterns are less fudge-able, so it’s important to focus on the pattern and count stitiches. The instructions for the pattern are typed out below–so you don’t have to copy the photo–I suggest printing them so you can make notes as you go.
(The Weave-it Weaves booklet can be found in PDF format at this site: http://www.eloomanation.com/projects.php Scroll down the page till you see the booklet cover pictured above, then click on the PDF link.)
“Single Outline Diamond” — a Weave-it Weaves exclusive
Use 1 color and warp the loom according to basic instructions; a loom with numbered rows is helpful but not essential. (Instructions for color combinations and including beads will follow throughout the week. Also be sure to check out what others are doing in the WAL on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group.)
R1: Plain weave (P), beginning Under (U) the first warp thread
R2: P-14, U-3, P-14 (the second group of P sts throughout the picture pattern begins Over [O])
R3: P-12, U-3, O-1, U-3, P-12
R4: P-10, U-3, P-5, U-3, P-10
R5: P-8, U-3, P-9, U-3, P-8
R6: P-6, U-3, P-13, U-3, P-6
R7: P-4, U-3, P-17, U-3, P-4
R8: P-2, U-3, P-21, U-3, P-2
R9: Rpt R7 (R7: P-4, U-3, P-17, U-3, P-4)
R10: Rpt R6 (R6: P-6, U-3, P-13, U-3, P-6)
R11: Rpt R5 (R5: P-8, U-3, P-9, U-3, P-8)
R12: Rpt R4 (R4: P-10, U-3, P-5, U-3, P-10)
R13: Rpt R3 (R3: P-12, U-3, O-1, U-3, P-12)
R14: Rpt R2 (R2: P-14, U-3, P-14)
Note that the diamond is slightly off-center top to bottom. This is because there is no center row in Layer 4, rather it is shared by rows 8 and 9.
Use the tug technique throughout the weaving process to keep stitches upright and weave balanced so the last rows aren’t all crammed into the same space. (See: http://windsweptmind.com/2016/02/18/my-first-video/)
Be sure to keep notes!
There are a number of other diamond patterns available in the old pattern booklets, so I’m listing them here. We may not have the opportunity to pursue them all, but you can look them up on your own and I’m happy to help with any questions you have.
From Weave-it Weaves:
p 13 “Sunken Diamond”
p 21 “Double Outline Diamond” (appears in 100 Pin Loom Squares, p 28, as “Diamond in Relief”)
From Original Loomette Weaves:
p 6 “Weave 5” (a filled-in diamond)
p 7 “Weave 6” (a clipped corner design that is centered, top to bottom as well as side to side, on the square and gives the appearance of being a diamond)
The following two booklets have similar patterns, but their warping and weaving systems are different. They also have a different number of warp threads.
Jiffy Loom Book of Novelty Weaving, p 4, has “Diamond Lace Weave” and “Diamond Weave” which compare to Loomette “Weave 5” and Weave-it “Sunken Diamond”
Bucilla Dictionary of Magic Loom Weaving Stitches, p 5, “Design No. 4” also compares to Loomette “Weave 5”