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Krokbragd - Weaving Drafts

Krokbragd is a Norwegian 3 shaft pointed draft. It is a weft-faced weave with floats on one side and a tighter weave on the other.

Krokbragd Rug

Krokbragd Rug

krokbragd weaving draft

Krokbragd is usually woven in stripes of 3 colours. Other colours can be added to the pattern sequence but using only a maximum of 3 at a time. The treadling sequence doesn’t vary. It is woven in a repeat of 12, 23, 31.

A multitude of design possibilities is available to the weaver by varying the placement of the weft colours.

I took this draft from one of my weaving books.

Birgitta Kuik kindly wrote to me to explain Krokbragd weaving further. It is always good to share knowledge and to learn more from other experienced weavers.
Thank you Birgitta.

I live in Norway and weave quite a bit of krokbragd and your draft is not correct. Krokbragd is mostly woven on 3 or 4 shafts and are woven 1 shaft at a time. So tie up is 1 shaft down 2 up and weaving is 1,2,3,1,2,3 etc

Scandinavian notation, 1 shaft back, read from bottom-up.
3-skaft krokbragd binding – Tie-Up

Weave 1,2,3,12,3,1,2,3 etc. Normally you have 4 weft-picks to get a colored square.

3-skaft krokbragd binding med ekstra 2-skaft ( tramp vekslevis 2 og 4 for 2-skaft/tabby)
3 shaft krokbragd with ekstra 2-shaft/tabby

Weave 1,2,3 for krokbragd, weave 2,4,2,4 etc. For tabby. Often used in beginning or end of an åkle.

3-skaft krokbragd med binding

3-skaft krokbragd veving av overste eksempel,
Weaving of the above example.   4 picks = 1 square

Krunebord m prik lang – example of a traditional pattern used as a border

Krokabord lang

example from an old åkle. My weaving program doesn’t support boundweave so I use the first 3 in the pattern as threadling. So it is first 1 red pick, 2 white picks (repeat 4 times), then 2 red picks , one white (repeat 4 times) , 1 white+2 red (4*), 1 black, 1 white ,1 red (4*) You get used to this kind of notation.

If you want to do the pattern perfect then you have to know that when you weave a prik (e.g. the black dot) you have to weave the last pick not as 1 black,1 white,1 red but as 1 white, 1 white, 1 red. Otherwise the figure is not completely symmetrical. But most weavers here don’t know that anymore.

You also have krokbragd on 4 shafts :

The Result
Krokbragd Weaving

Or dobbel krokbragd on 3 and 4 shafts.

Or krokbragd with rosebragd hovling (threading)


Krokbragd Weaving – You Tube

Krokbragd in Handwoven

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Handweaving Books

The Woven Coverlets of Norway
The different types of coverlets of Norway and their origins: tapestry, square weave, krokbragd, double weave, rya, and overshot. Numerous illustrations show patterns from ages past faithfully preserved in the coverlets of Norway.

The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
Introduction to the tools, equipment, fibers, and yarns used with four-shaft looms, this reference features patterns for 600 different weaves, including twill, zigzag, diamond, herringbone, and block
UK: Handweavers Pattern Directory

A Handweaver’s Pattern Book
A collection of 377 patterns for four-harness weaving, organized in groups of similar designs. This is one of the first weaving books I bought and it is still one of my favourites.
UK: Handweavers Pattern Book

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