I've finished another set of sample weavings for my pile weaving techniques series. This post is about two ways of making the Ghiordes Knot – a sideways version and a continuous version over a gauge. First I'll talk about the sideways Ghiordes knot which is also called Lark's Head or Cow Hitch. It wraps around one warp string instead of two like the regular and upside-down Ghiordes Knot. I like this one, it feels easy to do for me, at least when the ends point to the right. I sometimes forgot a few times how to do it the other way, with the ends pointing to the left. You have to hold the yarn differently and it feels weird as a right handed person. It makes for a nice effect though, with the yarn turning and laying to the side.
I used a thin acrylic yarn for the base weaving. For the pile on the left side, I used a bright blue chunky acrylic yarn. The right side is a purple metallic looking yarn made of nylon, acrylic, and wool. The difference between the way the two yarns fall after making the knots is interesting – the metallic yarn is thin and lays more flat but also points more to the side. The thicker yarn sticks out further of course but also looks closer to a regular Ghiordes knot, meaning it looks more like it's laying straight down. You can still somewhat see it is curving to the left but the effect is not as clear as on the yarn on the right.
The second type I did is a continuous Ghiordes knot over a gauge. I had never used a gauge before; in fact, I didn't know what a gauge was. I figured it out based on the diagram – the loops are wrapped around the gauge to keep them a uniform length. This version is done with one long piece of yarn. You can cut the loops afterward, or you can keep them in loops.
My first thoughts about this style of knot was that it felt strange and, while I understood what to do from looking at the diagram, I felt it was difficult to get the needle around the gauge without getting it tangled in the yarn from the previously-made loops. I also was afraid afterward that it might come undone. I pulled on it from different parts of the yarn and it didn't come undone and felt fairly tight so it's likely I am just worrying for nothing.
I also noticed there were visible gaps in between the knots that the next base weaving line does not fill in. It looks fine later on but it might look even better if I did the knot pattern on the opposite warps on the next line to help fill in the empty areas.
I ended up really enjoying watching my video of me doing the continuous version. I know I worry too much about not doing things well enough, in all areas of my life including my crafting, but watching it makes me think maybe I have it down better than I thought I did. I will definitely use these techniques again in future weavings.
I made separate videos for these two types. You can watch the videos below:
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