(Originally published 2 Feb 2015)
The first pattern in the Applesies book is a fairly simple one-and-a-half pattern…I find this curious. Did the maker run out of cards? Or threads? Or just goof? Or was this one-and-a-half diamond pattern deliberate? We’ll never know.
The pattern is easy enough. After threading with the cards facing right–and remember, because this is a book that is currently being printed and sold, you need to buy the book to get the threading directions (I am only providing a little extra help reading the pattern)–make sure the cards are in the A-D position on top.
There are 11 cards in this little weave, and the turning sequence is quite simple. The outside cards (three on the left, and two on the right) will continue to turn in the same direction–forward. The rest of the cards will turn three quarter-turns forward, three quarter-turns backward. Repeat! Easy as that.
When the twist gets too much on the outside cards, reverse the direction to turn back instead of forward to untwist. After another yard or so, you may need to switch back to turning forward again. When you change directions, there will be a little lump of weft on the edges. It’s normal. Don’t worry. Keep on weaving!
Finished piece–4 yards, about 1/2″ wide