Charts for justice/equality/mercy

Mercy, Justice, Equality stitch pattern. Equality by itself will be much simpler.

(I’ve fussed with color and focus.)

These are the two charts I worked out for combining all three words for those who want to work with all three. (These are all the posts about this project.) You’re welcome to use them for whatever you like. Use as many or as few of the words as you like (the blue lines mark the boundaries). The two versions are based on two different ways of charting the encoded letters. I don’t have the swatch for the chart on the left (which is silly – I know better than to rip out swatches!) so the swatch  shows the chart on the right.

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Poll Results: Equality, Justice, Mercy

Equality, Justice, Mercy 15 57.69% 57.69%
Human Rights 7 26.92% 26.92%
Civil Rights 4 15.38% 15.38%

The results are in: Equality, Justice, Mercy was the most popular by far (a small sample size, but we work with what we’ve got).

It’ll be a few days before I post about this project again – in the meantime, I need to decide how to lay out the words (I’ve already worked out the code for all three options, to save time). Then I’ll need to knit the sample, write the pattern, and have it tech edited.

I’ll let you know when I’m at the pattern testing stage! It’ll be a week or two; in the meantime, I’ll be back to my more normal blog content.

Thanks very much for all the debate and input – I’d really rather not make all the decisions by myself.


For more context on this post see Post 1 and Post 2.

A followup on words for the fundraising pattern.

(See last post for more context.)

There seem to be two major opinions: combine Mercy, Justice, and Equality or combine Justice and Peace. I lean toward the former of the two: a large part of the specific problem that sent me down this path is that our justice system exhibits mercy (maybe too much) toward white people who commit crimes and misdemeanors, especially rich ones, and so little mercy toward people with brown skins that the mere fact of existing seems to be enough to provoke attacks by police.  We can’t have true justice without mercy, and both need to be applied equally.

Peace on the other hand – I love it as a general concept, but it feels too nebulous for this particular purpose. I am personally not happy with Peace and Justice for this project, so I’m going to set that aside for the moment. I might do it another time; I might not.

However, Mercy is problematic as a concept for some (because it implies an adversarial relationship).

Another specific concept that I would be happy to use for the purpose (and which would sidestep the Mercy vs. Peace question) is Civil Rights, which also seems specifically applicable. Human Rights would also work.

I am uncomfortable deciding entirely by fiat, so here’s a poll for the options I’m willing to work with for this particular project.

Vote for all the options you like (you can choose more than one). I’ll leave this up for 24 hours (starting at  1 PM EST, December 9.) and go with the result.

In which I get political and start a fundraising project

I’ve narrowed down the options I’d like to work with. Please see my next post for my reasoning and to take a poll.


I don’t think I’ve gotten politics in my craftblogging before. (Unless you count the Bread & Roses and Occupy patterns.) On Twitter, yes, on Google+, yes, in some of my comments on Ravelry, yes. But not here. I’ve tried to avoid it. But I’m starting a design project for some political fundraising that requires me starting a discussion and asking questions. This is the best place for it, I think.

I’ve become more and more horrified over the last decade about the state of systemic racism in the United States. (For-profit prisons, voter suppression — not just Voter ID and reduction in earlier voting, but also disenfranchising felons in a country where more people with brown skin are convicted of things that shouldn’t be felonies, or where white people aren’t charged as much as they should be; the school-to-prison pipeline, the difficulty in finding jobs after being convicted as a felon… the list goes on and on and on.) And then of course, Trayvon Martin and in the same year, Marissa Alexander. And the many, many cases of cops shooting unarmed black people and not even being tried for it. These are names I wouldn’t know if their owners hadn’t been killed in this last year: Mike Brown, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Darrien Hunt. And they are just the tip of the iceberg.

I can’t be silent. I can’t pretend that it’s fair that I don’t have to be scared of being pulled over by the cops for a traffic violation – nervous, yes. Worried about fines, yes. But not scared that the police will think I’m pulling a gun when I’m getting out my driver’s license. So that’s part of the reason for this post. There is an unjust situation in this country, and has been since its founding. It needs to be fixed. One of the ways to fix it is to talk about it, but that isn’t enough by itself.

I often find myself at a loss about what I can do as an individual to change things. One thing I can do is to listen and recognize what’s happening. Another thing I can do is to try to raise my child to be aware of injustice and discrimination (pretending to be “color blind” is counterproductive). I can write letters to my politicians and vote. None of those is enough by itself.

What else can I do? I can protest. I would like to donate to organizations that are working for change, but I don’t have a lot of money.

So, what am I able to do? What do I do in my everyday life? I am a knitting designer. I can design a pattern and sell it in exchange for donations. This seems like a very small thing, but I do think that having physical objects that have been made for a purpose can be a reminder of that purpose. People are of course free to make donations without needing to buy anything! But sometimes getting something in return is a help in motivating people.

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Equinox encoded as stitch patterns

Equinox encoded as lace (free stitch pattern)

This is my monthly extra stitch pattern funded by my Patreon backers. If you would like to have the chance to suggest words for me to encode, please support me on Patreon. Thanks! (It helps support me in my blogging and design work.)

At first I didn’t think I was going to like this lace and that I was going to have try a different variation of equinox, but as ever, knitting multiple repeats of the stitch pattern in the swatch convinced me otherwise. This one is in base ten. When I started playing with encoding, I preferred my base six designs, as it seemed harder to make something I liked of the base ten numbers. I’ve had quite a bit of practice since then, however, and thought I’d give it another try. Sure enough, it seemed much easier this time. I guess I’ve gotten better at lace design! (Funny how practice can do that.)

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Autumn is here (free cable stitch pattern, secret code)

"Autumn" encoded as a cable (free stitch pattern)

With the arrival of the autumnal equinox, I’ve made a cable chart for knitters and a generic chart for use in a variety of crafts. The former was encoded in base 6 and the latter in base 3.

It’s been a while since I did a secret code cable chart; the last one I tried just wouldn’t work out whatever I tried. I got discouraged.

Fall made me not want to do lace, though. Cables seemed more the thing, so I looked through all the grids I made for autumn and realized that this one would work.

The first yarn that came to hand is in rather a wintery color. Oh, well.

I didn’t swatch the generic chart this time; it’s not too hard to see how it looks, though:
three of four seasons encoded as a chart for crafts.

(Click images to enlarge.)

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Étude no. 3 — a Roll of the dice, version 2

Étude no. 3 — a Roll of the dice, version 2: slipped stitches. Two different yarns, both sides of the fabric.

First, I’d like to thank everyone for their sympathy last week. It really means a lot to me!

I usually try to include one lace pattern and one not, for the sake of those who don’t wear lace. I forgot last time, so here’s something to fill that gap.

I envisioned the pattern as charted, with the floats and the bulk of the purl blips on the front, but it turns out I like both sides equally. I worked it in both solid and variegated yarn because slip stitch patterns often work especially well with variegated. The solid is more subtle, especially on the mostly knit side – but I think it’s still a pleasing texture.

When designing textured stitches in particular, it’s always worth looking at both sides of the fabric. Sometimes you’ll find that you prefer the side that was meant to be hidden!

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Spring! (free stitch pattern)

Two stitch patterns based on the word, Spring.It has certainly been a while. I got sidetracked, and then I felt abashed, but now I have a backlog of things I’ve been meaning to write about. (The problem is never a shortage of material!)

Anyway, I’m in the midst of writing a stitch dictionary, among other things, and I was getting fed up with not being able to share any of the things I was doing. So I decided to make something that’s not going in the stitch dictionary and share it with you.

I used my secret code techniques to lay the word Spring out on several different grids, and ended up liking this one a lot. I made one lace design from it and also a stranded knitting chart. The stranded chart is mirrored vertically as well as horizontally. The lace one has an extra column down the middle and on each side; this avoids a double yarn over. I dote on double yarn overs, but I know that not everyone is comfortable with them.

Happy Spring!

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