Towels based on a 10th century Anglo-Scandanavian float-patterned twill found in Jorvik (no. 1336). It is worked on a 2/1 base, but with a floating warp/weft* at every third passage. These floating wefts occur in two different arrangements, three picks of one and then three picks of the other.
* It is undetermined if this is actually a warp-float or a weft-float patterned textile. Penelope Walton Rogers drafted this textile with weft-floats, pointing out that as a weft-float patterned twill the weave would require only four sheds, assuming that each shed is tied to a heddle rod. If instead each thread was only tied to a single heddle rod, and multiple rods were lifted, then a warp-float textile becomes more likely, as there is no evidence of warp-weighted looms with five heddle rods.
Regardless, I’ve chosen to weave this with warp floats, for the convenience of threading four shafts instead of five.
|Yarn||8/2 unmercerized cotton|
|Warp||1584 yards (7.5 ounces)|
|Weft||1039.5 yards (5 ounces)|