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Embers, a cross-stitch pattern

Embers, a chart suitable for many kinds of needlework.

(The chart will work for any craft worked on a grid, of course.)

I’ve been meaning to show how some of my secret code grids look when worked up as other crafts. This month I dug out my extremely rusty cross stitch skills and worked samples until I found one I wasn’t embarrassed to show the world. I think it gets the idea across, though!

In case you’re new to my blog posts, I’ve come up with several ways of embedding encoded words in charts for use in charts for fibers arts. My subscribers on Patreon suggest a word for me to work on each month and then I work up the chart and some examples. I hope you enjoy it!

I used a different Embers chart to make a knitted lace version.

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Creative Commons License Embers stitch patterns by Naomi Parkhurst are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Charts for justice/equality/mercy

(I’ve fussed with color and focus.)

These are the two charts I worked out for combining all three words for those who want to work with all three. (These are all the posts about this project.) You’re welcome to use them for whatever you like. Use as many or as few of the words as you like (the blue lines mark the boundaries). The two versions are based on two different ways of charting the encoded letters. I don’t have the swatch for the chart on the left (which is silly – I know better than to rip out swatches!) so the swatch  shows the chart on the right.

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new secret code lace: Eclipse

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Well, Rebecca on Patreon suggested that I should encode Eclipse, and it came up in a random choice as this month’s word. I really like the end result. It’s actually my second try. I couldn’t make the first one work out – I tried making an edging and kept ending up with four sections that didn’t hang together stylistically.

I did the numbers for this one in base eight, just for a change.

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Greenland: free stitch pattern

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This month’s word was suggested by Ron over on Patreon: Greenland. He suggested it because knitting helps keep people warm and people surely need to be warm when they’re in Greenland.

With that in mind, I set out to make a cable pattern, since cables keep in more warmth than lace. However, despite creating many grids from Greenland encoded in bases 6, 7, and 8, I couldn’t make a cable chart work. I was going to do a texture pattern, but nothing spoke to me.

So I did a lace design after all, as you can see. It’s a lace panel surrounded by purl stitches on each side.

Here’s the chart and written instructions:

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Equinox encoded as stitch patterns

This is my monthly extra stitch pattern funded by my Patreon backers. If you would like to have the chance to suggest words for me to encode, please support me on Patreon. Thanks! (It helps support me in my blogging and design work.)

At first I didn’t think I was going to like this lace and that I was going to have try a different variation of equinox, but as ever, knitting multiple repeats of the stitch pattern in the swatch convinced me otherwise. This one is in base ten. When I started playing with encoding, I preferred my base six designs, as it seemed harder to make something I liked of the base ten numbers. I’ve had quite a bit of practice since then, however, and thought I’d give it another try. Sure enough, it seemed much easier this time. I guess I’ve gotten better at lace design! (Funny how practice can do that.)

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Autumn is here (free cable stitch pattern, secret code)

With the arrival of the autumnal equinox, I’ve made a cable chart for knitters and a generic chart for use in a variety of crafts. The former was encoded in base 6 and the latter in base 3.

It’s been a while since I did a secret code cable chart; the last one I tried just wouldn’t work out whatever I tried. I got discouraged.

Fall made me not want to do lace, though. Cables seemed more the thing, so I looked through all the grids I made for autumn and realized that this one would work.

The first yarn that came to hand is in rather a wintery color. Oh, well.

I didn’t swatch the generic chart this time; it’s not too hard to see how it looks, though:
three of four seasons encoded as a chart for crafts.

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Serendipity

Yes, it’s a double-post day! I post every week, but my Patreon-funded posts are extra. The first of the month falls on a Monday this month, so two posts it is.

One of my patrons requested that I make stitch patterns for the word serendipity, so here we are! (If you subscribe, you may also make such requests; I take one a month.)

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Étude no. 3 — a Roll of the dice, version 2

First, I’d like to thank everyone for their sympathy last week. It really means a lot to me!


I usually try to include one lace pattern and one not, for the sake of those who don’t wear lace. I forgot last time, so here’s something to fill that gap.

I envisioned the pattern as charted, with the floats and the bulk of the purl blips on the front, but it turns out I like both sides equally. I worked it in both solid and variegated yarn because slip stitch patterns often work especially well with variegated. The solid is more subtle, especially on the mostly knit side – but I think it’s still a pleasing texture.

When designing textured stitches in particular, it’s always worth looking at both sides of the fabric. Sometimes you’ll find that you prefer the side that was meant to be hidden!

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Spring! (free stitch pattern)

Two stitch patterns based on the word, Spring.It has certainly been a while. I got sidetracked, and then I felt abashed, but now I have a backlog of things I’ve been meaning to write about. (The problem is never a shortage of material!)

Anyway, I’m in the midst of writing a stitch dictionary, among other things, and I was getting fed up with not being able to share any of the things I was doing. So I decided to make something that’s not going in the stitch dictionary and share it with you.

I used my secret code techniques to lay the word Spring out on several different grids, and ended up liking this one a lot. I made one lace design from it and also a stranded knitting chart. The stranded chart is mirrored vertically as well as horizontally. The lace one has an extra column down the middle and on each side; this avoids a double yarn over. I dote on double yarn overs, but I know that not everyone is comfortable with them.

Happy Spring!

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