Category Archives: knitting

M1: knitting stitch structure

Earlier this year I wrote up a series of blog posts about the structures of plain knitting (part one, part two), slip stitches, and brioche (part one, part two). I had some requests to do more structural posts about knitting, and so here is the next one. I’ve added a tag to all my structure posts so far so you can find them all in one place: stitch structure

I had a specific request to do one for kfb (knit in the front and back of a stitch to make two stitches), but I’m not going to start with that. I’m going to go through a whole sequence of basic increases, starting with M1.

M1 (short for “make one”) is actually a tricky abbreviation, as it sometimes gets used for all kinds of increases. (The Mon Tricot books, for instance, use m1 as the abbreviation for any increase throughout, and define it within the instructions for each stitch pattern.) However, there is one increase called m1 which has no other name that I’ve ever seen*. So I’ll start with its most basic form.

*I haven’t seen every knitting guide in the world by a long shot, so I’m guessing someone has probably called it a “lifted increase”, which would be confusing given that there’s a different increase I know with that name.

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Osprey: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Osprey, suggested by Enting and Bookwyrm, two of my Patreon supporters.

I’ve already made a stitch pattern with the leaf motif that shows up in Osprey; it doesn’t quite match up in terms of the stitch repeat, but Cariad Leaf could be modified to suit, I think. Also, I *think* Osprey and Cariad could maybe work in the same design? I’d have to chart it out to be sure, but it’s worth a try.

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 an Osprey needlework chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing.

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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Verve: a mosaic knitting chart

A while back, I encoded the word Verve 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

Peach: a needlework chart for any craft

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

I developed a knitted lace stitch pattern for Peach, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I 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 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. Peach has floats that are a little longer than I’d like, but TECHknitter has a method to tame them.)

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Peach: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Peach, suggested by Cathy D, a Patreon supporter.

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 Peach needlework chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing.

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

Little Flying Birds: a needlework chart for any craft

I found this motif in a chart I was working with, and I like it a lot. It’s simple enough that I daresay I’m not the first person to come up with this border pattern, but I just want to make sure. It reminds me of birds flying.

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Verve: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Verve, suggested by Kate, a Patreon supporter.

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 Verve needlework chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing.

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

Converting a (specific) needlework chart to a mosaic knitting chart

I ended my post about figuring out whether a chart works as a mosaic knitting with a chart that didn’t work for mosaic knitting. However, I wondered if it could somehow be altered to be feasible.

This post is about the process of making it work.

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Weave: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Weave, suggested by Catnach, a Patreon supporter. Occasionally the words I encode make me giggle for one reason or another. In this case, it’s the incongruity between the word weave, and the format of the stitch pattern I’m designing (which is knitting).

I don’t usually include a side view of my swatches, but I was having trouble conveying what I like most about this lace any other way, so the featured photo is one view and the flat view is above the chart because it’s easier to see how it works.

Anyway, I’ll be posting an extra blog post with some actual weaving options for Weave later this week. (How could I not?)

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 Weave needlework chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing.

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

Weave: a needlework chart for any craft that uses them

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

I developed a lace stitch pattern for Weave, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I 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 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.)

I will also be posting some weaving options for Weave later this week.

Follow link for charts and more information