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Bake: a mosaic knitting chart

Recently, I encoded the word bake 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

Bake: a needlework chart for any craft

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

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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Bake: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Bake, suggested by Lara, a Patreon supporter.

This lace is a bit of a departure for me—usually I focus on the decrease lines, but this time I was really interested in the basic motif: two double yarnovers with a diagonal line of three single yarnovers. (This is more visible from what is most commonly thought of as the back of the knitting, so I have included a photo of that below.) I am not yet certain if I think this is successful; I think it would be more visible with a lot more plain knitting between each motif. However, they would lose the code aspect in that case.

The motif reminds me of bees.

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 usually make a chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing; this goes in a separate post. (I hope to get this up soon for Bake, but it is not yet ready.)

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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Palm: a mosaic knitting chart

Earlier I encoded the word palm and made it into a lace knitting stitch pattern and a needlework chart. For this 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.) I like the way this undulates.

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

Palm: a needlework chart for any craft

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

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.)

Follow link for charts and more information

Palm: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is palm, suggested by Lara D., a Patreon supporter. She was thinking of palm trees, which is a cheerful topic for the dark time of the year (which it is, where I am).

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

Mental Health Day

I’m taking this week off of blogging, just because.

Here’s some links to a set of stitch patterns I designed that all started from the same chart:

And also, this came out of the mosaic process I used for the original doodle but isn’t based on the same chart: Doodle Digressions.

Anyway, it was all a lot of fun for me and I hope you enjoy it too!

Sister: a needlework chart for any craft that uses them

The random number generator picked Sister from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Natasha and Linette, two of my Patreon supporters.

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.)

Follow link for charts and more information

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.

Follow link for charts and instructions