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Tips and Techniques: Three Hole Pattern

This week I am going to show you how to make a three hole pattern in your sprang.

If you missed last weeks sprang technique; multiple thread interlinking, check it out here.

For this pattern I am going to show you how to open two holes on one row and then close them while also opening a single hole on the follow up row.

This is a great way to learn how to open and close holes and also to make this simple pattern of holes.

Use this pattern as a decorative edging or an all over pattern. Or you can use it along with other hole or color patterns in sprang.

Scroll to the bottom for the video.

A few things to know for this pattern:

- Pattern row: holes are opened and closed on pattern rows, which happen every other row. Although a pattern row can be either shift or basic, I will be doing my pattern rows on shift rows. Not sure what a shift or basic row is? This post may be helpful to you.

- A hole opened on one row (whether it is a basic or shift row) will stay open on the very next row but will close on the subsequent row automatically. So for example: if you open one hole on a shift row the hole will stay open on following basic row and then close on the next shift row. You don't have to do anything special to close the hole on that shift row, it will happen just by performing a normal shift row. The same would happen if you opened your hole on a basic row, it would remain open on the following shift row and then close automatically on the next basic row.

Interlinkings needed for this pattern:

- 1/2 interlinking: pick one back thread and drop two front threads.

- 2/1 interlinking: pick two back threads and drop one front thread.

- 2/2 interlinking: pick two back threads and drop two front threads.

Those three interlinkings are the basis of making holes in sprang.

Row 1

On the first pattern row I will open two holes in the middle of the warp. I will do this by performing the following interlinkings:

Pick one back thread, drop two front threads.

Pick two back threads, drop two front threads.

Pick two back threads, drop one front thread.

This will create two, side by side holes on that row.

Row 2

The next row is a basic row. You will not make any special interlinkings on this row. The holes opened on the previous row will stay open during this row.

Row 3

This is the second pattern row. You will close the previous pattern row holes and open a single hole on this row.

Work normal interlinkings until you have reached the first hole from the prior row and there is one front thread left before that hole.

You will pick one back thread and then drop two front threads. The front threads will be located on either side of the first hole.

Then, pick two backs threads and drop one front thread. You will notice that the two back threads you pick up are located on either side of the second hole from the prior pattern row.

Continue the row with normal interlinkings

Continue working normal basic and shift rows from here. The hole on row 3 will close up automatically when you work the next shift row.

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