Category Archives: knitting

Sunrise: a needlework chart for any craft

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

I made a lace pattern from Sunrise, 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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Sunrise: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Sunrise, suggested by Emma, a Patreon supporter. Apparently after making a lace design with only single yarnovers and single decreases, I had to make a stitch pattern that uses most of the unusual lace techniques in my repertoire. I’d apologize, but it was a lot of fun!

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 made a needlework chart from Sunrise 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.

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How: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is How, suggested by Enting a Patreon supporter. This is “how” as in “how is it May already?”

This ended up being one of my rare code lace designs with only simple yarnovers and decreases. It does have knitting through the back loop in the next right side row to tighten up the stitches above the yarnovers (this is a trick I learned from Dorothy Reade’s work), because I felt it improved the look of this particular lace. Ordinarily I like them looser as I feel it gives a more complex, organic look to my lace.

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 made a How 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

Xeric: a needlework chart for any craft

The random number generator picked Xeric from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Susan C and Bookwyrm, two of my Patreon supporters.

I developed a complicated knitting stitch pattern for Xeric 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

Xeric: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Xeric, suggested by Susan C and Bookwyrm, Patreon supporters. I noticed a while back that the letter X was the only initial letter not yet represented in the words encoded for my blog, and challenged my supporters to suggest words starting with X until the random number generator picked one. And finally, here we are. (There’s a bunch of other good words starting with X in the pool of past suggested words that I call my word hoard; some of them might appear in future too.)

Xeric means characterized by, or adapted to an extremely dry habitat. If you’ve ever encountered the word xeriscaping, it’s from the same Greek root. A good word!

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

Time: a mosaic knitting chart

A while back, I encoded the word time 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.

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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 lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is donut, suggested by Susanne V., a Patreon supporter.

I picked the base chart for this lace because it looked remarkably like a donut. In the end, I only used the bottom half of it, but the arrangement still has a slightly skewed donut in it! I think this is the only time I’ve ever tried to do this on purpose with one of my code laces. Fortunately, I also really like the results: the wavy, lacy bits between the donuts make me happy.

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 made Donut as a chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing; this goes in a separate post.

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

Follow link for charts and instructions

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 lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Subtle, suggested by Kate, a Patreon supporter. I’ve been on a bit of a lace panel kick lately. The next time I find a stitch pattern suitable for a panel, I’m going to see if I can make it a horizontal one, for a change. (This will depend on the positions of the yarnovers, however.)

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