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Life: a lace knitting stitch Pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Life, suggested by Nim, a Patreon supporter. I’m pleased by the kite shapes in 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

Pair: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Pair, suggested by Pia, a Patreon supporter. I’m fond of how this one came out, not least because it doesn’t have any double yarnovers in it. (I like double yarnovers, but not everyone does.)

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

Wren: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Wren, suggested by Susan C, a Patreon supporter. Wrens are brash little brown birds with their tails held at a jaunty angle. Their call is not beautiful: they buzz at each other in warning when I come out the front door. They nest in odd spots. Someone in my twitter feed left a packing envelope on a shelf outside this spring and then discovered she couldn’t throw the envelope away because it was full of a nest and eggs. Then she forgot to throw it away when the babies fledged, and when she came back, there was another wren nest!

I love them.

This particular lace pattern is a little unusual in that it gently undulates along the bottom, but is straight across the top. Keep this in mind in your designs!

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

Lamb: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Lamb, suggested by Smart Mouth’d, a Patreon supporter. It’s past lambing season here, but I’m still seeing occasional pictures of this year’s lambs in my twitter feed, which always makes me smile.

There are visual similarities between Lamb and Scarab & Apple Blossom; the latter two aren’t encoded words, but they happily have the same stitch count as Lamb, and might work well in the same project. (I haven’t double-checked the transition rows.)

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

Iris: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Iris, suggested by Pia, 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 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

Mourn: a lace knitting stitch pattern

I haven’t yet become aware of any friends or family who have died of COVID-19 — though I’m certain that day will come — but I have been heartbroken by the sheer number of people affected, and by knowing that things could have been much better with a competent response by a different administration.

So I have been mourning, and here is the word mourn, made into lace using my usual methods. I turn the letters into numbers and then the numbers into charts that I turn into knitting charts. 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.

Follow link for charts and instructions

Blue: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Blue, suggested by Bookwyrm, a Patreon supporter. I absent-mindedly used the same wheat-colored yarn I’ve been using a lot for my lace swatches recently, and then I thought about recoloring the photo, and then I decided that no, I’d leave it alone. It can be like that thing from the Exploratorium Museum where they print the names of colors in colors that don’t match the colors being named.

Also, here’s my lace for the word green.

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

Sea: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is sea, suggested by Nim, a Patreon supporter. I often especially love the way the lace I make from shorter words works out, and this is no exception. I’m very pleased with 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

Syzygy: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Syzygy, suggested by Jacque, a Patreon supporter. Syzygy is a glorious word, three syllables and only using a Y for a vowel in its written form. (The phonological situation is different, of course.) A syzygy is an astronomical phenomenon: three or more astronomical bodies in a straight line in a particular gravitational system. Solar and lunar eclipses are examples of syzygy.

Oh, interesting, I just looked up syzygy on Wikipedia. I was only familiar with the astronomical term, but apparently it’s used to mean a variety of things in math, biology, philosophy, and poetry as well.

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

Quiet: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Quiet, suggested by Smart Mouth’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 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