Vincible: a lace knitting stitch pattern

sample photo for Vincible: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Vincible, suggested by Cathy, 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.

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Apple: a lace knitting stitch pattern

photo of swatch for Apple: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Apple, suggested by Cathy, a Patreon supporter. I love apples, especially in pie; the best apple pie I’ve had recently was made with King David apples, apparently so named because one of the things it’s a hybrid of is thought to be the Jonathan apple. And I’m reminded of the strangest fortune cookie fortune I’ve ever had: “you are the apple of my eye.”

I hadn’t planned for version 2 to look like it has apple leaves in it, but when I saw it almost happening, I changed the decreases enough to make sure it did.

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

Zephyr: a lace knitting stitch pattern

photo of swatch for Zephyr: a lace knitting stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Zephyr, suggested by Sarah Davis, 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

Beaded: a lace knitting stitch pattern

lace sample for Beaded: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Beaded, suggested by Emma, 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

Vulture: a lace knitting stitch pattern

Vulture: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst (swatch photo)

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Vulture, suggested by Enting, a Patreon supporter. Despite their bad reputation, vultures are pretty interesting and important as part of the ecosystem, helping to clean up carrion. I’ve known that for a long time. But this year I’ve gotten a closer look at how fascinating they can be, thanks to Foxfeather Zenkova, a wildlife educator who has been raising a yellow-headed vulture this year. You can see her vulture tweets here.

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

Magician: a lace knitting stitch pattern

Happy Solstice! (In this hemisphere, it’s winter; in the southern hemisphere, it’s blazing summer.)

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Magician, suggested by Bookwyrm, 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

Lace-cable feather chevron: a knitting stitch pattern

Lace-cable feather chevron: a stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst (swatch photo)

Sometimes when I design a larger stitch pattern, there’s a part of it that I think would be good as a smaller pattern. I think of these as excerpts or outtakes.

This stitch pattern is an outtake from Join: I took a vertical excerpt from it that struck me as a likely candidate, and then I changed which was row 1 to make it start in the logical spot.

(This excerpt isn’t a coded word anymore.)

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Orchid: a lace knitting stitch pattern

Orchid: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst (photo of sample)

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Orchid, suggested by Lara, 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

Hiraeth: a lace knitting stitch pattern

Hiraeth: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst (photo of swatch)

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Hiraeth, suggested by Smart Mouth’d, a Patreon supporter. Hiraeth is a word I’ve loved for a while, though as I understand it it’s one of those words that’s hard to translate well from the original language, in this case Welsh.

Here’s what Wikipedia says: “Hiraeth is a Welsh concept of longing for home. ‘Hiraeth’ is a word which cannot be  completely translated, meaning more than solely ‘missing something’ or ‘missing home.’ It implies the meaning of missing a time, an era, or a  person – including homesickness for what may not exist any longer. It is  associated with the bittersweet memory of missing something or someone,  while being grateful of that/ their existence. It can also be used to  describe a longing for a homeland, potentially of your ancestors, where  you may have never been.” 

I like the way this has umbels (seen from the side) scattered throughout, like umbrellas or fennel flowers. (Umbel umbel umbel. It’s 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