Structure Elaborate point twill
Reference Strickler, Carol. 1991. A Weaver’s Book Of 8-Shaft Patterns. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press.
Concept Weave a scarf in an elaborate twill pattern
I need to work in bigger yarns right now to be kind to my wrist. I thought I would weave a scarf for MIL who knitted me a nice lap throw for Christmas. She is allergic to wool, so I used some 8-ply acrylic I had on hand. I’ve been wanting to try out an elaborate pattern, so I picked one I had been eyeing in Strickler.
The pattern was based on a draft in Strickler, but I see that something went wrong along the way when I manipulated it in PixeLoom. No matter, the pattern is okay. I used the optimise feature and the draft was reduced from eight shafts to four.
With big yarn the pattern was huge and I didn’t finish a full repeat in either sample. I was pretty sure I would hate two metres of this fabric.
The sett was too dense at 10 dpi, so I resleyed at 8 dpi (plus a little to use all the ends). This didn’t make much difference to the hand of a new sample. I realise I didn’t actually change the sett all that much, so it wasn’t worth the effort of resleying.
There wasn’t much else could be done with this elaborate threading. It might have been okay with the same colour in warp and weft to mute the pattern, but the yarn was cheap and kind of disgusting to work with. Instead of buying more, I trashed the warp. Chalk this one up as a loss in the finished product column, but I learned a lot about patterns and sett. And yarn; I wouldn’t have gifted something in this yarn to anyone.