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Sunrise: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Sunrise, suggested by Emma, a Patreon supporter. Apparently after making a lace design with only single yarnovers and single decreases, I had to make a stitch pattern that uses most of the unusual lace techniques in my repertoire. I’d apologize, but it was a lot of fun!

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 needlework chart from Sunrise 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

How: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is How, suggested by Enting a Patreon supporter. This is “how” as in “how is it May already?”

This ended up being one of my rare code lace designs with only simple yarnovers and decreases. It does have knitting through the back loop in the next right side row to tighten up the stitches above the yarnovers (this is a trick I learned from Dorothy Reade’s work), because I felt it improved the look of this particular lace. Ordinarily I like them looser as I feel it gives a more complex, organic look to my lace.

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 How 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

Xeric: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Xeric, suggested by Susan C and Bookwyrm, Patreon supporters. I noticed a while back that the letter X was the only initial letter not yet represented in the words encoded for my blog, and challenged my supporters to suggest words starting with X until the random number generator picked one. And finally, here we are. (There’s a bunch of other good words starting with X in the pool of past suggested words that I call my word hoard; some of them might appear in future too.)

Xeric means characterized by, or adapted to an extremely dry habitat. If you’ve ever encountered the word xeriscaping, it’s from the same Greek root. A good word!

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

Donut: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is donut, suggested by Susanne V., a Patreon supporter.

I picked the base chart for this lace because it looked remarkably like a donut. In the end, I only used the bottom half of it, but the arrangement still has a slightly skewed donut in it! I think this is the only time I’ve ever tried to do this on purpose with one of my code laces. Fortunately, I also really like the results: the wavy, lacy bits between the donuts make 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 Donut as a chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing; this goes in a separate post.

The stitch patterns are not usually meant in any way to look like the original words; the words are the seeds of my creativity.

Follow link for charts and instructions

Subtle: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Subtle, suggested by Kate, a Patreon supporter. I’ve been on a bit of a lace panel kick lately. The next time I find a stitch pattern suitable for a panel, I’m going to see if I can make it a horizontal one, for a change. (This will depend on the positions of the yarnovers, however.)

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

Crocus: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Crocus, suggested by Enting, a Patreon supporter. Some of my stitch patterns fit stylistically into the world of lace stitch patterns designed by many people; others don’t so much. This is one of the latter: it makes me think of something you might see under a microscope. I’m fond of this kind of effect. In this case, I also particularly like the winglike shapes on each side. This particular design seems most appropriate to me as a lace panel, the sort of thing that might go up the center of a shawl.

I also made a Crocus chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing.

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.)

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

Time: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Time, suggested by Catnach and Jacque, Patreon supporters.

I did something this time that I don’t usually do: the top half of the full chart contains the same yarnovers as the bottom half, but flipped vertically. I didn’t try to make the lace look vertically symmetrical, as that’s very difficult in my style of lace design. Version 1 & 2 therefore act as coordinating stitch patterns.

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

Swim: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Swim, suggested by Lara and Amy G, Patreon supporters.

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

Quest: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Quest, suggested by Catnach, a Patreon supporter. This turned out best as a lace panel, which isn’t a usual thing for my lace. Note that if you want to use it as vertical stripes, the two plain columns on each side are part of the code; if you don’t care about that, feel free to remove them.

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