Category Archives: knitting

Sister: a lace knitting stitch pattern

First, something I’m very pleased by! Brenda Dayne asked me to talk about my stitch design progress on her podcast. I had a great time; she’s a lot of fun to talk to. I really recommend her podcast, Cast On. Also, Brenda has a Patreon, where you can support her, and maybe get early access (depending on pledge level).

On to normal business! The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Sister, suggested by Natasha and Linette, both Patreon supporters. This one

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.

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Quetzal: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Quetzal, suggested by Ange, a Patreon supporter. Quetzals are a group of gloriously beautiful birds from Central America. I wish I had yarn in the iridescent blue-green that seems to be characteristic of all the quetzals, but I had to make do with this blue.

The top edge has irregular points because the stitch pattern doesn’t have mirror symmetry. I like it this way, but putting a different stitch pattern on the outer edge would solve that if it’s not to your taste.

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.

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Seed Pod Rib: a lace knitting stitch pattern

A couple of weeks ago, I posted Seed Pods. I like it! But I wasn’t quite satisfied with the visibility of the edges of the motif. So I replaced the plain knit columns with plain purl columns instead, which helps the decrease lines on the edges of the seed pods stand out better. This is, after all, why cables often have reverse stockinette or seed stitch or other texture patterns behind them.

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Pounce: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is pounce, suggested by Naomi T., a Patreon supporter. When it comes to pounce, think kittens! Rowr.

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

Seed Pods: a lace knitting stitch pattern

When I was designing my Drizzle lace for last week, I had to try three different layouts before I found one that worked. (This happens sometimes. It’s just part of the process.) While I didn’t like the first one as a stitch pattern, it had a motif I liked a lot, and so here we are with a stitch pattern that reminds me of a seed pod I’ve seen. I don’t remember the plant name. Do you recognize it?

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Drizzle: a needlework chart for any craft

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

I tried to pick rainy colors for the sample illustration, but I couldn’t resist sneaking in some sunny yellow dots to perk things up a little.

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.)

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Drizzle: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Drizzle, suggested by Brenda D., a Patreon supporter who remarks that it drizzles a lot in Wales, where she lives. Sometimes I’m in the mood for drizzle; sometimes I’m not. It can be really beautiful at times. I see clouds in this lace, which is apt, but accidental.

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

Myth: a mosaic knitting chart.

A while back, I encoded the word myth 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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Raven: a mosaic knitting chart

A while back, I encoded the word Raven and made it into a lace stitch pattern. 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