I received a note today, written in Spanish, asking for clarification on a pattern I posted nearly two years ago: the “Diamonds Stitch” pattern weave*.
I don’t speak Spanish, so in order to understand and respond I had to employ Google Translator. I hope it worked. While I was figuring out what to say, I noticed the pattern was recorded in my old style of writing instructions, so I decided to update them. While I’m at it, I’ll also include more instructions on working in ends, along with instructions on improving the overall look of your squares—for those who care about such things.
So let’s start with the loom already warped up, with Row 1 (R1) in place. Please note: I almost always weave in ends as I go, so these instructions will often show the warp threads tied along the outsides of the pins. These Row 1 instructions don’t completely show that though.
Now that your first row looks good, let’s follow the pattern (updated format).
“Diamonds Stitch” (See Glossary for explanation of abbreviations)
R1: P (plain weave)
Even Rows: U1, O3, P3, O3, P4, U3, P4, O3, P3, O3, U1
Odd Rows: P4, U3, P3, U3, P5, U3, P3, U3, P4
For the benefit of those who need these instructions:
I continued working in the ends as I wove. The tails for L1 are on the outside of the 1-3 side and 2-4 side pins. The L2-4 (color 2) tails get worked in later. In fact, about halfway through the weaving, I go back and work in the L2 tail.
Replace the beginning L1 tail (up near Cr3) and continue weaving.
To work in the L4 tail—weave R16, then bring the needle Over the L1, 2-4 side tail, Under the first warp and continue following the R16 path of weaving. Exit the row as best you can through the conglomeration at Cr3.
One thing I’ve noticed lately as I’ve been working more and more with two colors, where L1 or L4 is a different color, the square seems to look better (fuller) if you use a slightly thicker yarn for the one-color layer. In the sample I demonstrated herein, I used Caron Simply Soft for both colors, but the square would have looked a bit different (maybe better) if I’d used Red Heart Soft for the one-color layer (as I did in the original post, see photo at the top of the page). It’s an individual preference. Two lightweight yarns will yield a lacier, lighter look. Using one thicker yarn will give your square a less lacy look.
*Note to self: AKA “Alternating Dashes”