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Wildfire: a free chart for any craft worked on a grid

Each month, my Patreon backers suggest a word for me to encode as charts. I publish one knitting chart, and one chart that can be used for any craft. This month’s word is Wildfire. This is the chart for general use; I’ll post the knitting chart later this morning.

Wildfire: a chart for use in any craft worked on a grid

Designers, please feel free to use this stitch in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it. Thanks! – Naomi

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Galaxite: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Galaxite is the word of the month! It’s a sparkly, dark mineral first found in North Carolina, and I think I need to pester Katherine for a photograph of her sample. Oh, right. Let’s back up a little: each month I pick a word from suggestions provided by my Patreon backers, and encode it as a knitting pattern – lace or cables. (I also make a different chart usable for any craft, just because.) Galaxite was suggested by Katherine, and here we are.

I tried encoding it in base 6, 7, and 8, laid out on rectangles in various configurations, and kept wanting to tear out my hair. Galaxite might be a beautiful mineral, but it was not cooperating with my usual lace design methods. Finally, I remembered that I’d been meaning to experiment with making a stitch pattern that’s suited to a kind of crescent shawl that seems to be popular at the moment – cast on a few stitches, and increase three stitches at each edge every two rows. It turns out that it worked nicely to plug the base 8 version of Galaxite into the flat diamond that tiles to make a good crescent shawl (because of the malleability of knitting). More on those diamonds on another occasion.

Fear not: I am also including a more standard rectangular version.

(Also, I recently worked out that my featured images aren’t showing up in mobile browsers or RSS feeds. My apologies; I hope to get this sorted out soon.)

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Galaxite: a free chart for any craft

Yes, that chart in the featured image is leaning. There’s some crafts that can be worked from a grid, but which bias in the process: tapestry crochet, for example. I can’t crochet any more (please, no suggestions), but I can still make a “secret code” chart that’s suitable for it – or for quilting or crochet or cross-stitch or what-have-you.

One kind of chart suitable for tapestry crochet doesn’t involve mirror symmetry so much as rotational symmetry; it doesn’t look so strange when biased. And so this month’s chart based on encoding a word suggested by one of my Patreon patrons is rotationally symmetric. The word is Galaxite, suggested by Katherine.

Here is the regular chart:Galaxite: a free chart for use in any craft.

(for this chart, I encoded Galaxite in base 7.)

Feel free to use it however you like; if you’re a designer, credit would be nice, but is not required.

If you like my posts like this, please consider subscribing to my Patreon; you’ll be able to suggest words, too!

Fruitbat encoded as a chart for use in any craft that uses a grid for layout

Earlier today I posted a lace knitting chart for fruitbat. Here’s a chart that can be used for any craft – quilting, cross stitch, crochet, needlepoint, colorwork in knitting… the sky’s the limit. Enjoy!

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Fruitbat: a free lace knitting stitch pattern.

As many of you know, each month my Patreon supporters  suggest words for me to encode; I usually choose one randomly and then post the resulting stitch pattern on the first of the month. It’s good fun and I enjoy it. This month, the random number generator pulled up Katherine’s suggestion of fruitbat, which made me rather gleeful. For one thing, I like fruitbats; they’re quite charming. For another, it reminds me of Terry Pratchett and the Century of the Fruitbat.

In any case, while the word itself sounds a little silly to me, the appearance of the stitch pattern has little to do with the sound or meaning of the word it’s based on. And here we are, one lacy stitch pattern that pleases me. (Later today I will post another encoding of the word as a chart usable for many crafts.)
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Dragonfly: a free lace knitting stitch

Every month my patrons on Patreon suggest words for me to encode as a knitting stitch and as a more general chart; I choose one at random and publish the results here.

The interesting thing about encoding words as knitting stitches is that in most cases it’s hard to say what things like Autumn or Serendipity look like. A word like Dragonfly — an actual physical being with a known appearance — almost seems as if it should be different. But no, the letters still become numbers, and the numbers plotted on a chart still make an arbitrary, abstract design.

I’ve also included a chart to use in any craft that uses a grid for layout. These days I generally prefer to separate these out into a separate post to let them be more visible. However, I also prefer to include a separate Monday blog post that’s not based on Patreon suggestions. Two Patreon posts plus a regular Monday post seemed a bit excessive, so. In any case, do scroll down and have a look if you’re not interested in lace knitting.

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Wild/erness, a free chart for any craft

This chart or layout is suitable for any craft that’s worked on a grid. I’ve included  a two-color grid as well as an idea for a way to work the design in many colors.

The image above has been manipulated to make it look less like a chart, and therefore more like what a finished item might look like (or so I hope).

wilderness grids

The red outline shows the repeat to be used – the extra cells are to include at the edge to make everything tidy. The blue outline shows the section based only on the word wild.
Wild and wilderness in a chart to be used for any craft.

Here is the version I used as a starting point, but rotated  – feel free to change up the colors!

I’ve also posted a very different chart of Wilderness for lace knitting.

If you like my posts like this, please consider supporting me on Patreon. Thanks!

Creative Commons License Wild/erness patterns by Naomi Parkhurst are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Wild/erness, a free lace knitting pattern.

Every month, my backers on Patreon can suggest a word for me to encode, and I use a random number generator to pick the word of the month. This month, the RNG landed on wilderness, suggested by Nim. (The RNG has been very kind to Nim lately, and so she’s decided to stop offering words for a while so as to give other people’s words a chance.)

Anyway, it struck me that if I picked the right grid for wilderness, I could simultaneously offer lace knitting charts for just plain wild, so that the two stitch patterns would coordinate and flow into each other. It worked out even better than I had hoped!

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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.

If you like my posts like this, please consider supporting me on Patreon. Thanks!

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