Donut: a mosaic knitting chart

Last week, I encoded the word donut and made it into a lace stitch pattern and a needlework chart. For this post, I reworked a code grid I made while planning that post and turned it into a mosaic knitting stitch pattern. (I used the process described in this post.)

A nice thing about mosaic knitting is that the charts are similar to the final appearance of the knitting, so I’m not going to provide a swatch. Mosaic knitting looks difficult, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Basically, knit two-row stripes, and slip stitches from the row below to make the contrasting pattern.

Here’s a detailed blog post I wrote about how it works.

Follow the link for charts and instructions

Donut: a needlework chart for any craft that uses them

The random number generator picked Donut from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Susanne V, one of my Patreon supporters.

I also developed a complicated knitting stitch pattern for Donut, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)

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Flat brioche: a knitting stitch pattern

I was noodling around with swatches for a stitch pattern idea I had, and in the process came up with this stitch pattern that’s not in any of my stitch dictionaries, though I would have expected it to be. It’s pretty! It looks kind of like brioche rib, except that it’s flat, not all squishy. Now, I have to admit that the squishiness of most brioche is part of its appeal, but I could see wanting a firmer fabric with some of the same visual effect. I don’t know what this would look like combined with regular brioche. I haven’t tried it yet.

Although the brioche hides it, this is basically alternating single columns of brioche and garter stitch! These are both so squishy, it’s funny that this makes it flat.

I am really quite certain that other knitters must have come up with this before. For one thing, it’s a pretty standard variation on a stitch pattern that does exist: half brioche. For another, it’s an extremely simple pattern. That notwithstanding, here it is.

I’ve included both the usual sl1yo brioche method and the rarer k1b method, in large part because this is a case where the k1b method is genuinely easier: it’s got rest rows!

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Subtle: a needlework chart for any craft

The random number generator picked Subtle from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Kate, one of my Patreon supporters.

I usually develop a complicated knitting stitch pattern for each word, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)

Follow link for charts and more information

Crocus: a needlework chart for any craft

The random number generator picked Crocus from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Enting, one of my Patreon supporters.

I’ve also developed a complicated knitting stitch pattern for Crocus, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)

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Crocus: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Crocus, suggested by Enting, a Patreon supporter. Some of my stitch patterns fit stylistically into the world of lace stitch patterns designed by many people; others don’t so much. This is one of the latter: it makes me think of something you might see under a microscope. I’m fond of this kind of effect. In this case, I also particularly like the winglike shapes on each side. This particular design seems most appropriate to me as a lace panel, the sort of thing that might go up the center of a shawl.

I also made a Crocus chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing.

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. I make three of these into knitting stitches each month: the second and third (posted on the first day of the next month) are drawn from the collection of new words; the first is drawn from the collection of unused words. A random number generator helps me choose these, and then I get to work, first turning the letters into numbers, then charting the numbers onto grids in various ways. Finally, when I make the chart into lace, I turn the marked squares into yarnovers and work out where to place the corresponding decreases. (I usually make lace; occasionally I make cables instead.)

The stitch patterns are not meant in any way to look like the original words; the words are the seeds of my creativity.

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Time: a needlework border for any craft

The random number generator picked Time from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Catnach and Jacque, two of my Patreon supporters. This one worked out well as a border pattern.

I usually develop a complicated knitting stitch pattern for each word, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)

Follow link for charts and more information

Swim: a mosaic knitting chart

Last week, I encoded the word swim and made it into a lace stitch pattern and a needlework chart. For this week’s post, I reworked a code grid I made while planning that post and turned it into a mosaic knitting stitch pattern. (I used the process described in this post.)

A nice thing about mosaic knitting is that the charts are similar to the final appearance of the knitting, so I’m not going to provide a swatch. Mosaic knitting looks difficult, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Basically, knit two-row stripes, and slip stitches from the row below to make the contrasting pattern.

Here’s a detailed blog post I wrote about how it works.

Follow the link for charts and instructions

Time: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Time, suggested by Catnach and Jacque, Patreon supporters.

I did something this time that I don’t usually do: the top half of the full chart contains the same yarnovers as the bottom half, but flipped vertically. I didn’t try to make the lace look vertically symmetrical, as that’s very difficult in my style of lace design. Version 1 & 2 therefore act as coordinating stitch patterns.

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. I make three of these into knitting stitches each month: the second and third (posted on the first day of the next month) are drawn from the collection of new words; the first is drawn from the collection of unused words. A random number generator helps me choose these, and then I get to work, first turning the letters into numbers, then charting the numbers onto grids in various ways. Finally, when I make the chart into lace, I turn the marked squares into yarnovers and work out where to place the corresponding decreases. (I usually make lace; occasionally I make cables instead.) I also make a chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing; this goes in a separate post.

The stitch patterns are not meant in any way to look like the original words; the words are the seeds of my creativity.

Follow link for charts and instructions

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