Three-Three Shift Twill

This is another of those double-thick magic weaves that looks like one thing on the loom, then draws up very differently when bound off. The result is thick, flat, and resembles a tabby (over/under) weave with a slight bias to the pattern.

The weaving pattern is very simple, 3 over / 3 under across the row, moving 2 columns to the right with each subsequent row. Moving one column to the right produces the pattern we called three-three twill, which has the same 3/3 pattern in the columns. This new pattern, moving 2 columns, we’re calling three-three shift twill, and it has a 2/1 pattern in the columns. Alternating columns are forced to overlap each other when the rows draw up across their 3-floats. Picture time!

27-peg version on the loom
Off the loom: front.
Off the loom: back.

you can see by the photos with the ruler that the outcome of 3/3 slant twill is rectangular. The pro size comes out about 6.5 x 7 inches, the traditional 5 x ~5.25. 
This warp will put all black columns on one side, and a rainbow of columns on the other.
Woven with white throughout.
The back looks similar on the loom, but with the rainbow more prominent and less of the black visible, hinting at the transformation to come.
The collapse is already visible, as I bind off around the edge. Columns are being forced on top of each other as the rows draw up across their long floats.
Collapse completed, we now have a black and white potholder.
No, wait, a rainbow and white potholder!
Left: 3/3 twill (moving one column) in brown and white. Right: 3/3 slant twill in black/white/rainbow.
Left: 3/3 twill (moving one column) in brown and white. Right: 3/3 slant twill in black/white/rainbow.

8 thoughts on “Three-Three Shift Twill”

  1. I Love this site, thank you so much for being here!
    Can you tell me where I can get a crochet hook like the one you show in this post. I have looked and looked for them but so far no luck.?.. what are they called?

    1. This may have been sold by “Eleggant Hooks,” which is sadly no longer in business.

      You might be able to find an equivalent handle (and then insert your own hook into it) by looking at woodworking tools, using terms like “egg-shaped” or “pear-shaped” and “pin vise” or “graver handle”.

      Here are a couple of links as examples, but I haven’t purchased these items, can’t attest to their quality, and am not sure what size crochet hooks they would be able to hold:

  2. Can someone recommend a book to explain the terms you use and exactly how to do some of these very different, to me, patterns? I appreciate these patterns I just need more explanation on some.
    Thank you.

    1. Laura, my apologies but I’m not sure what book to recommend. I learned weaving techniques by reading online and don’t own any books on the subject.

      On the other hand, if you’re a “learn by doing” person, you could try starting with the simplest patterns in our collection and work your way forwards — we’ve tried to introduce new ideas incrementally.

    2. I love these 2 books:
      “In the Loop” by Deborah Cohen
      “Artful Twill Weaving with Loops” by Linda Lutomski
      I have learned alot of the lingo and still reread to learn more.
      Hope this helps.

  3. Do you sell your patters? I am new to pro potholder looming. I am amazed at your wirk. By far the best directions I have seen so far.
    Continued blessings

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