Rest: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Rest: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

This month, the random number generator chose the word rest, suggested by Alisa on Patreon. I tried to make the lace below as restful to knit as possible. There might be double yarnovers, but all the decreases are single. I’ve included a panel version and an offset version; they combine nicely.

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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Hedgehog: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

This month, the random number generator chose hedgehog, suggested by Hazel on Patreon. Hedgehogs are pretty darn cute, and I’ve always had a soft spot for them.

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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Étude no 21: combining two stitch patterns (Tea and Swags)

Tea and swags: a combination of two free lace knitting patterns by Naomi Parkhurst.

This is the last Semiramis-related stitch pattern I’m going to post.

After extracting Swags from Semiramis, I started wondering if I could combine it with other stitch patterns as a sort of frame. (The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible‘s section on making new stitch patterns out of previous designs has been working in the back of my mind.) So I found one of my other stitch patterns with the same stitch count and decided to give it a try.

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Bonifate: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Bonifate: a free lace knitting stitch by Naomi Parkhurst

This month, the random number generator chose bonifate, suggested by Ange on Patreon. According to my Oxford English Dictionary Bonifate is an obsolete (but very cool) word meaning “lucky, fortunate, well-fated”. Its derivation from Latin is pretty straightforward: boni- for good, and fate for fortune or fate.

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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Mountain: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Mountain: a free lace knitting stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst

This month, the random number generator chose mountain, suggested by Lara on Patreon. I decided that this would be fun to encode into a triangle shape to make mountains, and I’m glad I did! (The alternating reverse stockinette stitch triangles are not part of the code.) I also tried out some of the things I learned from the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, and this time I’m very pleased indeed, though I know it makes the instructions more complicated.

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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Road to Paradise: a free lace knitting stitch

This was originally meant as a coordinating stitch pattern for Paradise; I took an excerpt of the original stitch pattern as described here. I don’t know whether it was the yarn or the gauge, but I was having trouble making the decrease lines visible, so I made the background stitches into garter stitches. Aside from the rib columns, however, the wrong side rows are pretty plain.

I am not certain how well this would actually coordinate with Paradise, given the garter background, but it’s worth a try. Feel free to noodle around with it! You could always change it back to stockinette if you like. Or try purling the wrong side rows all the way across. Always feel free to mess with my stitch patterns.

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Tea: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Tea: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

I did a stitch pattern for coffee because it was suggested as a word on Patreon. However, while I like the resulting stitch pattern, I don’t actually like drinking coffee. I am emphatically a tea person. So here, just randomly because I wanted to, is a stitch pattern for tea. (One of my Patreon supporters did in fact suggest this as a word, but I had been considering doing it anyway.)

I encoded the letters of tea into numbers and then charted them on graph paper in various ways. Then I picked the chart I thought would be best and turned it into a lace chart: each marked square became a YO, and I added decreases. Finally, I added some symmetry, and there you are.

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