shows how chart below looks in use.

Life: a needlework chart for any craft

The random number generator picked Life from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Nim, 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.)

shows the chart below as if it were used in knitting
chart for the word 'life'
  • Life has a repeat of 12 + 1 columns and 10 rows.
  • The written instructions below are formatted for stranded knitting, but it is my hope that they could be translated into instructions for other crafts. A represents the background color and B represents the squares marked with a contrast color. So, if working filet crochet, 1 A could be one open square and 2 B could be two filled-in squares.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this in your patterns (no need to ask). I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
  • My blog posts and free stitch patterns are supported by subscriptions on Patreon or donations to my Paypal tip jar in the sidebar. If you appreciate my work, please consider helping out. Thanks!

Round 1: work knit as follows; *1 A, 2 B, 3 A, 1 B, 3 A, 2 B; work from *, 1 A.

Round 2: work knit as follows; *2 A, 1 B, 2 A, 3 B, 2 A, 1 B, 1 A; work from *, 1 A.

Round 3: work knit as follows; *3 A, (1 B, 1 A) × 3, 1 B, 2 A; work from *, 1 A.

Round 4: work knit as follows; *2 A, 1 B, 2 A, 3 B, 2 A, 1 B, 1 A; work from *, 1 A.

Round 5: work knit as follows; *1 A, 2 B, 3 A, 1 B, 3 A, 2 B; work from *, 1 A.

Round 6: work knit as follows; *1 B, 3 A, 2 B, 1 A, 2 B, 3 A; work from *, 1 B.

Round 7: work knit as follows; *2 B, 2 A, 1 B, 3 A, 1 B, 2 A, 1 B; work from *, 1 B.

Round 8: work knit as follows; *(1 A, 1 B) × 2, 5 A, 1 B, 1 A, 1 B; work from *, 1 A.

Round 9: work knit as follows; *2 B, 2 A, 1 B, 3 A, 1 B, 2 A, 1 B; work from *, 1 B.

Round 10: work knit as follows; *1 B, 3 A, 2 B, 1 A, 2 B, 3 A; work from *, 1 B.

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