Coffee: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Coffee: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

This month, the random number generator chose coffee, suggested by Nim. I have a little feeling that a lot of you will be very pleased right now, as I know just how many people love coffee. I’ve never acquired a taste for the beverage myself (I’m a tea drinker), but I do love the way the stitch pattern came out!

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. A random number generator helps me choose the word of the month, 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.

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Persist: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Persist: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

I published two stitch patterns for the word Resist a couple of weeks ago, and today I’ve done the same for Persist. I converted the letters of Persist into numbers, and then used those numbers to make a lace chart. There is also a chart for stranded knitting at the end of the post.

The result isn’t exactly secret code, nor is it necessarily meant to be recognized by other people as a sign of your political affiliations. But if you want to make something you can wear unobtrusively as a reminder to  yourself, this is a stitch pattern for you.

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Resist: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Resist: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

I published a chart for the word Resist converted to stranded knitting a couple of weeks ago, and today I’ve got the lace version ready. I converted the letters of Resist into numbers, and then used those numbers to make a chart. (The lace is based on a different chart from the stranded knitting.)

The result isn’t exactly secret code, nor is it necessarily meant to be recognized by other people as a sign of your political affiliations. But if you want to make something you can wear unobtrusively as a reminder to  yourself, this is a stitch pattern for you.

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Three row mesh: a free knitting stitch pattern

The 2017 stitch pattern had me thinking about stitch patterns with three row repeats. There are some out there, but I don’t know why there’s not more. Anyway, here’s a stitch pattern I thought of because of 2017. It’s entirely possible that I’m not the first to come up with it.

It’s reversible, geometric, and it won’t curl because it’s got a garter stitch base to it. It should work  well with some variegated yarn because of that. Added selvedges are unnecessary.
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2017: a free garter lace stitch pattern

2017: a free garter lace knitting stitch pattern

After two years of making a stitch pattern from the digits of the new year, I decided to keep going. This one is a bit different from my usual lace – because of the placement of the yarnovers, I decided not to add extra plain rows. This is reversible garter lace, but not terribly tricky.

As some of my stitches do, it reminds me of plant cells under a microscope. I like it as a serviceable, reversible, non-curly, basic stitch pattern; it’s nothing spectacular.

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Journey: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Journey: a free lace knitting stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst

This month, the random number generator chose journey, suggested by Teresa. It seems fitting to start a new year with this word – many people travel in the holiday season. Furthermore, one can think of the events of the year as a journey. May this year’s journey be a good one.

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. A random number generator helps me choose the word of the month, 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.

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Flip-flop cast-on, part 2: lace

Flip-flop cast-on used with lace

Well, I tried the flip-flop cast-on with two lace swatches.

The first swatch was in laceweight yarn, and I confirmed to myself that I need new glasses: I couldn’t see where to pick up the stitches along the cast-on edge. This difficulty might or might not apply for you.

The second swatch was in sportweight yarn, and that went much better. I used the Cat’s Paw Shetland lace panels from the first Barbara Walker Treasury. This swatch was knit from the cast on in two directions, and the lace pattern isn’t offset by half a stitch.

More details of this experiment below.

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Purse Stitch crescent selvedges

Purse stitch crescent selvedges

Thinking about Purse Stitch made me think about how to incorporate it into crescent shawl selvedges. Understanding its structure helped me figure out how to mirror it along the two edges.

I like the result. It’s a bit unusual in how it’s worked, so I hope my instructions are clear enough. I’ve phrased it in three different ways. Please comment if you have trouble!

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