The first word I’m encoding for this month is Pride, suggested over the last three years by Pia and Natasha on Patreon. It’s a day late for Pride month, but it was suggested during Pride month, so here we are!
(See the main post for a non-rainbow photo of the swatch; I couldn’t resist the overlay.)
Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. I make two of these into knitting stitches each month: the first is drawn from the collection of new words; the second is drawn from the collection of unused words. A random number generator helps me choose this, 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 charts 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