UPDATE: I’ve rewritten this pattern so it doesn’t involve using R16 as part of the design. You can find the rewrite on this page. Scroll down through several patterns till you get to “Ribbon Loop (rewrite).”
Though it’s not a symbol I’ve ever used before, when someone on the Pin Loom Weaving Support Group asked if there was a pin loom pattern for a breast cancer pink ribbon, I said to myself, “Why not?”
I’m in the middle of cataloging my collection of patterns and squares, but that’s really boring work. Creating patterns, weaving, and even winding skeins of yarn are all more alluring activities. And staying up later than too late–who could resist?
I wove the ribbon up today while I was supposed to be cataloging. I know a graph isn’t an accurate depiction of what the finished square will look like, but I was concerned about the “corners” on the depicted ribbon loop. The loop looks more like a diamond than an oval. (In fact, the pattern is essentially, if not exactly, a mirror image of itself: two incomplete diamonds.)
***Remember: you can click on a photo to see a larger version. Click the back arrow to return to these instructions.
Through the magic of Paint, I was able to alter the prototype without actually making another square.
And last of all, again courtesy of Paint, I was able to see how it would look if I added beads to the floats–below are two different views.
“Ribbon Loop” Pattern
- This pattern continues into woven R16 (which is ordinarily a solid plain weave row), so when you take the square off the loom there are two floating warp loops. On the sample piece, I’ve secured them with a piece of matching scrap yarn. If you were going to join these squares to others I’d leave the scrap there till you’re ready to sew; then pull it out when you’re ready to join the squares. You could also crochet around the edge of the square and that would secure those floating loops (remove scrap yarn prior to crocheting). You could also just leave them floating; because there are only two floating warp threads no serious damage will occur.
- Weaving (L4) occurs from the top (3/4 edge) downward and the pattern will emerge ribbon ends first (nearest you). For this reason, the instructions are given from R16 to R1. Weaving in this manner results in the L4 weft threads encircling only one pin at the beginning and end of each row. This will not affect the finished look of the square.
The warping configuration, and yarns used, for the sample square is L1,2, &4: Bernat Satin “Silk” / L3: Lion Heartland “Denali.” I considered also making L1 pink. Not sure if the design would show up as well, but it might.
“Ribbon Loop” Pattern
The pattern immediately below is for the prototype version. Variations on the basic pattern follow.
R15: P-4; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-9; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-4
R14: P-6; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-5; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-6
R13: P-8; (U-3, P-1) x 3; U-3, P8
R12: P-10; (U-3, P-1) x 2; U-3, P-10
R11: P-12; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-12
R10: P-14, U-3, P-14
R9: Rpt R11 [P-12; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-12]
R8: P-10; U-3, P5, U-3; P-10
R7: Rpt R13 [P-8; (U-3, P-1) x 3; U-3, P8]
R6: Rpt R 14 [P-6; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-5; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-6]
R5: Rpt R15 [P-4; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-9; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-4]
R4: Rpt R 14 [P-6; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-5; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-6]
R3: Rpt R 13 [P-8; (U-3, P-1) x 3; U-3, P8]
R2: Rpt R12 [P-10; (U-3, P-1) x 2; U-3, P-10]
R1: Rpt R11 [P-12; U-3, P-1, U-3; P-12]
To eliminate Loop “corners:” R5: P-8; U-3, P-9, U-3; P-8
To add “feet” at the bottom corners: R15: (U-3, O-1) x 2; U-3, P-9; (U-3, O-1) x 2; U-3
To add beads: place beads on L3 warp strands. I recommend 45 beads as shown in the photo below.
Strands 1 & 2: 0 beads
Strand 3: 1 bead
Strand 4: 3 beads
Strand 5: 5 beads
Strands 6 & 7: 6 beads each
Strand 8: 3 beads
Strands 9 & 10: 6 beads each
Strand 11: 5 beads
Strand 12: 3 beads
Strand 13: 1 bead
Strands 14 & 15: 0 beads
Someone asked me what floats were and what L1, L2, etc. means. Here’s my answer: A float is a thread that should have been woven over (or under) as in plain weave. Instead it’s left to “float” above the weaving as part of a pattern. In the pink ribbon all the vertical pink strands that make up the ribbon picture are floats. L1 refers to the first layer of warping on the pin loom. There are 3 warping layers. The fourth layer is woven with the needle.
This is amazing. On my way to knitting guild with Cary she mentioned you were trying to get a breast cancer symbol made for pin weaving. You are amazing Susan
This is nice to hear. I’m tickled I could use my experience to do something for someone else. It was a bit challenging, but easier than designing patterns used to be. It’s nice to see how much I’ve learned.
Thanks, Sue! Can’t wait to try both versions plus add beads!
I’m so pleased it has personal signifcance for you. It’s a wonderful feeling doing something meaningful for someone else.