Revealing the second Mystery Weave: a Finnish Pattern by Mervi Pasanen and Maikki Karisto


Blue sky, white snow and brown bark. Here is a complete Finnish winter landscape with a snowflake-like pattern. This beautiful band was woven by none other than one of the authors, Mervi Pasanen.

The goal of the “mystery weave” series is to discover some of the multiple threading charts in use in tablet weaving in an entertaining way. For this second Mystery Weave, Mervi Pasanen and Maikki Karisto allowed me to share one of their patterns. In addition to the new charts, this band also introduced a feature not commonly seen in tablet weaving: the Finnish double turns.

Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to all who did try to weave this beautiful pattern!


Clumsy work, but proud of it

My personal attempt turned out to be rather inelegant and undexterous compared with Mervi’s.

I honestly considered posting a picture of one of the numerous tangled messes I ended up with, but I finally got the hang of it. The beginning was certainly the trickiest part, and I ended up finding the correct width only after weaving some basic 4F4B (see top of the band).

First of all, let’s talk about the pattern. I was very surprised to notice that it had an odd number of tablets but still looked symmetrical. Although not difficult, this band requires a lot of focus as each card has not the usual two, but four turning possibilities. Double turns were definitely a challenge for me! And of course, I ended up with numerous mistakes, some of which are still present in the picture.

Sample woven by Claire Gérentet Thank you, Claire, for sharing your third attempt. It feels good to see I was not the only one to struggle!

However, I noticed that the detailed notation used by Mervi and Maikki to present their patterns simplifies greatly the identification of the upcoming problems and helps also reduce considerably the probability of any wrong turn. It also made it possible to easily rectify the tablet position after a mistake to be able to continue weaving mistake-free.


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