Branch vs Corners

A very minor tweak to a pattern can have a dramatic effect on the resulting fabric. Here, we look at a modified tabby pattern that is mostly over/under with one 2-float per row, and examine the difference between aligning the floats in a diagonal of 2 overs per row, moving by one column from one row to the next, or in a diagonal of stacked floats, 2-over in one row and 2-under in the neighboring row, each pair of floats moving by one column every other row.

The diagonal floats produce a fabric that looks and feels very much like tabby, with a design pattern of lines that turn a corner. The stacked diagonal floats, in contrast, pull the fabric together, forcing the floats into a raised wiggly line on each side. The outcome is also a bit smaller, because of the pulling. The distinct center ridge is very raised, making this too bumpy to be a good choice for a trivet or coaster, although very protective against heat.

Here are Branch and Corners (left and right, respectively) on the loom. The patterns look very different already, even without the surprise of taking them off the loom and watching the stacked floats draw up on themselves.
Left, the new pattern Branch. Right, Corners. Both use a diagonal line of 2-floats, to dramatically different effect.
Rear view of Branch and Corners, You can see that the other color is highlighted on the back of Branch, whereas Corners looks very much the same on both sides.
On Corners, all the floats are over-2, and proceed in a neat diagonal.
Here on the chart for Branch, I have highlighted the under-2 / over-2 stacked floats on the diagonal.

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