Linkety-link part 22

First, a useful link elsewhere:

Second, three links to some older posts of mine I think you might find useful:

Sunshine: needlework charts for any craft

Sunshine: a free needlework chart for any craft.

The word of the month is Sunshine, suggested by Natasha on Patreon.

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 an image of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a chart, but I just want to give a sense of it.

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Sun, Shine, and Sunshine: free lace knitting stitch patterns

Sunshine: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

This month, the random number generator chose sunshine, suggested by Natasha. I spontaneously decided to work up the component parts of this compound word, and encoded sun and shine separately. When they are stacked on top of each other, they spell sunshine. This is not something I’ll do every time someone suggests a compound word.It’s a very similar principle to my idea for making coordinating stitch patterns by taking an excerpt of rows of a bigger stitch pattern.

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. A random number generator helps me choose the word of the month, 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.

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Swatch blocking experiment

You might have noticed that I knit a lot of swatches. I’ve been getting fussier about how carefully I block them, and have been getting more consistent about using a short blocking wire (or skinny metal knitting needle) along each edge. Recently I’ve been pondering my swatch selvedges, and thinking about how to make it easier to thread the blocking wire through them. I remembered coming across a selvedge that uses yarnovers at the very edge, and decided to try that, at least for swatches.

It does make for easier blocking; I’m not yet convinced I like the look of it, though that doesn’t matter so much for swatches. I might try the yarnovers on every other or every third row instead.
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