“Lattice Borders,” from the Weave-it Magic Squares booklet, is a simple and versatile pattern. It’s somewhere between an overall pattern and a picture pattern, and would make a great border design on a scarf or blanket. It looks great in single or several colors, but variegated yarn is not recommended as the details of the pattern will likely be lost.
When I wove the sample pictured above, I made a mistake I didn’t notice till I took the square off the loom. “Rats!” I thought, planning to start over. Instead I went on to make the already warped two-color sample of the same square. While I wove I recognized the “blessing in disguise:” I could demonstrate how to fix a mistake in a square after it’s off the loom. Watch for that mini-tutorial later in this post.
L = Layer; this refers to the process of warping the loom. L1 is the first set of vertical strands; L2 is the first group of horizontal strands; L3 is the second group of vertical strands; L4 is the weaving layer.
mc = main color or first color used
cc = contrast color or second color used; cc-1 is the second color used; cc-2 is the third color used (see photo below)
If you don’t mind working in ends, you might find that using three colors in some patterns is worth the effort. “Lattice Borders” yields pay dirt when it comes to using multiple colors.
Standard warping; five wraps for weaving L4.
When warping, try to anticipate how much take-up the weaving will create. Take-up refers to the undulation, or shortening, of the warp strands as you separate them with multiple rows of weft. You want the warp yarn not too tight, but also not too loose. This takes practice, so be willing to experiment. The looser your warp (within reason), the easier it is to weave. However, if it’s too loose the pattern’s details will not crisply emerge.
Nearing the end, it should still be easy to weave, but the warp strands are somewhat taut and the pattern is obvious.
“LATTICE BORDERS” PATTERN
R2 (and all Even rows): U-3, P-5, U-3; P-9; U-3, P-5, U-3
R3 (and all Odd rows): P-3, O-3; P-19; O-3, P-3
Rpt Even and Odd rows till
Lattice Borders also looks nice warped: L1-3: mc/L4: cc. Not all patterns look good in all these color configurations, so Lattice Borders is a good ‘un.
MISTAKE FIX-IT TUTORIAL
Ah, the joy of the mistake! In most pin loom squares I don’t worry about mistakes. I either leave it as is or start over. Pin loom squares only use about 8 yards of yarn and they don’t usually take long to make, so mistake fixing is often more trouble than it’s worth. But you still want to know how to fix them.
Fixing the mistake requires replacing the flawed row with a new, correctly woven piece of yarn. Though my mistake is near only one end it’s better to replace the whole row than to have yarn ends dangling down the back.
Cut a piece of yarn significantly longer than the width of the square–about 8 inches.
Weave the long needle through the row, correcting the miswoven stitches. Use a crochet hook to separate warp threads as necessary so you can get the needle between them.
Pull the needle through, leaving a tail of yarn on each side of the square; remove the needle.
Use the crochet hook to pull the incorrect row upward, away from the square. Double check to make sure you’ve pulled the appropriate strand, then cut it.
The hardest part is locating the loops on the outer edge of the square. Find them and pull the two cut ends outward.
Now you have two ends on either side of the row and a single corrected row.
Inspect the correct loop formation on the sides of the square and recreate it by working in two of the four ends. This will make joining this square to other squares easier. Work the other ends in away from the area where you worked the first two ends to avoid bulkiness.
“Lattice Borders” from Weave-it Magic Squares, p 14, is also called “Woven Edge Stitch” in 100 Pin Loom Squares by Florencia Campos Correa, p 30
“Plain and Fancy” from Weave-it Magic Squares, p 6
“Clover Stitch” from 100 Pin Loom Squares by Florencia Campos Correa, p 27
“Textured Edge Stitch” from 100 Pin Loom Squares by Florencia Campos Correa, p 32
Weave 11 from Original Loomette Weaves, p 9
B-6 from The Loomette Handbook, p 7
Design 15 Bucilla Dictionary of Magic-Loom Weaving Stitches, p 8