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*.

“Diamonds Stitch” square, still on loom

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. Read More →

for L. A.

One reason I don’t want to write a non-fiction book is because it’s like asking for a gob of mistakes to be printed and preserved practically for eternity. As I peruse Florencia Campos Correa’s book, 100 Pin Loom Squares (a book about which I have VERY mixed feelings) I can’t help thinking (again), “This could have been, should have been, a wonderful book. What makes me think I could do a better job?”

100 Pin Loom Squares book cover

100 Pin Loom Squares book cover

In the meantime, while I wrestle with my personal publishing commit-a-phobia, I shall devote some of my efforts to correcting extant mistakes. Today’s target: the two-layer warping (2LW) section of Florencia’s book (beginning p 38).

This is a sample page of my copy of the book. It prompted me to make one of my early blog post duos: to weave the houndstooth check patten on the Weave-it and Loomette, respectively.

This is a sample page of my copy of her book. The frustration I felt due to the lack of proper instructions prompted me to write one of my early blog post duos: how to weave the houndstooth check pattern–on the Weave-it and Loomette, respectively.

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Finished square, still on loom.

Finished square, still on loom.


4-inch pin loom
6-inch weaving needle
needle threader (optional)
fork (optional) to pack the rows together during weaving
2 colors of yarn that look good together

Colors used in this sample:
Color 1 (C1): Red Heart Soft “Turquoise
Color 2 (C2):  Bernat Satin “Silk” (off-white)

Standard warping with color change after layer 1. (4 1/2 wraps around the loom; cut; thread needle.)

Ready to weave.

Ready to weave.

Weaving Instructions:

Weave with C2. (See Glossary for explanation of abbreviations.)

Row 1: Plain weave (P)
Even rows: U-1; O-3, P-3 (2x); O-1, U-3, O-1; P-3, O-3 (2x); U-1
Odd rows: P-4, U-3, P-3, U-3, P-5, U-3, P-3, U-3, P-4
Row 16: P

Finished (front).

Finished (front).

Finished (reverse).

Finished (reverse).

I’m adding these photos as a further explanation of the pattern instructions:

Row 2: U1; O3, P3, O3, P3; O1 , U3, O1; P3, O3, P3, O3; U1

Row 3: P4, U3, P3, U3, P5, U3, P3, U3, P4


This square is the same pattern. I warped layers 1-3 in Red Heart Soft “Berry” and wove layer 4 with Caron Simply Soft “Soft Pink” and this is how it turned out. When woven from this warping configuration (1-3/4), the pattern looks totally different. It goes by the name “Alternating Dashes” in the pattern library on the Adventures in Pin Loom Weaving blog.

Alternating Dashes, front

Alternating Dashes, back

What a difference the warping procedure makes!

See this post for new variations on this pattern.