Category Archives: knitting

Burst: a mosaic knitting chart

A while back, I encoded the word Burst 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

Yearn: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Yearn, suggested by Bonnie C, a Patreon supporter.

Much as I like my stitch work, I’ve been feeling as if I’d like to stretch my abilities, and this pushed me in a couple of ways. Six years ago, I tried working with vertical symmetry, and found it difficult. When I looked at the possible charts for yearn, this yarnover layout caught my eye; I also realized I didn’t necessarily need to aim for perfect vertical symmetry, though this isn’t too far off. I also felt that since this was turning into a stitch pattern with a lot of cables that it might be good to add a little reverse stockinette as a contrast background. I’m really pleased with the result. (The reverse stockinette is optional; anywhere there’s a purl dot on the chart can be replaced with a knit square, except for the [k1, p1] symbols above the double yarnovers.)

I did have to invent three different cable/decrease combinations to cope with the layout, however, so this is definitely for those of you who like a bit of a challenge! This does mean I didn’t get a chance to check my work in Stitch Maps, so there’s an increased chance of mistakes, though I double-checked everything a couple extra times.

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 Yearn 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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Merci, modification 2: a needlework chart for any craft

After I made the Merci needlework chart, I figured out a modification to Merci to make it more suitable for stranded needlework. The result made me see that there was kind of one basic tile pattern in dark and light alternation, with two slightly different centers to the dark and light “tiles”. I wondered how it would look if I changed the center of the light “tiles” to be an inverted version of the dark “tiles”. (I say tile, because I don’t know what else to call the repeating shape). The result, posted here, is an interesting counterchange pattern.

I could go on to use the other pattern as a counterchange design too, but I think I’m ready to move on to other designs. If you like the other center design, maybe give it a try for yourself?

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Happy: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Happy, suggested by Cathy D, a Patreon supporter. I’ve long wanted to design something along the lines of Traveling Vine lace (in the sense of making something like a meandering river), and I think I’ve finally done it. So this makes 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 a Happy 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

Merci, modification 1: a needlework chart for any craft

A while back, I encoded the word Merci, and made a needlework chart for it from the encoding. I liked it a lot, but I saw one small change that I wanted to make. Here it is; it makes the design more suitable for stranded knitting, and also I like the look of it even better, even though it no longer counts as code.

I made one further modification to this to make a counterchange pattern.

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Cosmos: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Cosmos, suggested by Enting, a Patreon supporter. Cosmos is a pretty great word, meaning either the universe as a complex and orderly system, or the plural of Cosmo, which can mean a number of things, but I’m particularly fond of the flowers (that’s a lot of pretty pictures).

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 Cosmos 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

Holiday mesh: a lace knitting stitch pattern

Sometimes when I design a larger stitch pattern, there’s a part of it that I think would be good as a smaller pattern. I think of these as excerpts or outtakes. Often they work well as a coordinating stitch pattern for the original; this mesh is one such case. It’s a slightly modified version of the bottom four rows of Holiday lace.

(This excerpt isn’t a coded word anymore.)

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Winding Columns: a mosaic knitting stitch pattern

Sometimes I come across a motif I want to play with from a larger design. The repeating shape in this one is from a mosaic chart that didn’t work out for other reasons, but I wanted to see what I could make of it. Here’s one result. This is not one of my secret code patterns.

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

Holiday: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Holiday, 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 Holiday 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

M1L & M1R: knitting stitch structure

M1 is a good, basic increase, but it leaves a visible hole. There’s a slight modification of the technique that mostly hides this hole. The two versions of this are M1L (make one left) and M1R (make one right), which are mirrors of each other. This post is about the paths the yarn takes while forming the stitches, not how to make them. Here are some good illustrated instructions showing how to make m1 L and m1R.

My other stitch structure posts can be found in my stitch structure tag.

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