(Originally posted 6 Jan 2015)
Here’s another fun pattern for you history buffs! This is Birka find #12
This person (Russian, if I figure it correctly) has already mapped out this pattern pretty clearly, it’s just a matter of knowing how to read the thing.
Warp your cards like it shows above. Turn your cards to the AD “home” position.
Turn all the cards four quarter-turns forward, passing the shuttle between each turn.
Then…reverse! Turn cards 1-7 forward; 8-12 back; and 13 forward. You will do this for three quarter-turns, back to the home position.
Repeat the pattern–four quarter-turns forward, then the split pack.
As you can see, this means that the 1 and 13 cards are always turning forward…the rest of the cards will be turning four quarter turns forward at the end of every pattern. This results in a great deal of twist in the threads, which you will have to eventually deal with. About every yard and a half of completed weaving, I will untie the knots (one card at a time) and untwist. It’s just the way this pattern works. I often will turn the 1 and 13 cards with the cards adjacent to them, which still builds up a twist, but not at twice the speed.
Here’s mine, in progress…