Creation: a lace knitting stitch pattern

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

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is creation, suggested by Katherine, a Patreon supporter. I like the way the top part looks like scales.

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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Two patterns released: mitts and shawl


This week I’ve published two more patterns: a pair of mitts called Meeting-of-the-Waters and Sycamore Creek, a shawl pattern.

Meeting-of-the-Waters looks like a very plain fingerless mitt pattern, but there’s two twists: one, they’re knit from the top down to make maximum use of your yarn, and two, they’re designed to make a pair of matching mitts from yarn that wouldn’t otherwise make that possible. The trick? Steeks! That is, knitting them in a single piece, cutting them apart, and sewing up the cut edges.

Sycamore Creek is a very deep shawl with an angled long edge. It covers the wearer’s back nicely and stays on the shoulders. It’s also great for stash busting!

Click through for more about each of these.

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Announcing New Hope Creek shawl

New Hope Creek: a striped garter shawl in a kind of crescent shape.


New Hope Creek is designed to be knit with two skeins of yarn that coordinate with each other but that don’t match exactly. The shape is crescent-like – formed by knitting five triangles pointing in alternating directions.

The sample is knit with one muted skein and one that’s wildly variegated with short runs of color; I think of this as one mild and one wild. Many variations are possible: one gradient and one wildly variegated yarn, two self-striping yarns with different length stripes, multiple scrap yarns left over from other projects, even two solid yarns. Instructions are also provided for working with a single yarn.

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Pattern announcement! The Ellerbe Creek set is now complete.

Ellerbe HatEllerbe mittsphotos copyright Kathryn Wall

Announcing my Ellerbe hat!

The cornflower design I used for my Ellerbe mitts makes another appearance here, creating a larger flower or snowflake shown to best advantage on the back of a top-down slouchy hat. The flowers can be worked in the same yarn as the body (which looks subtle in a solid color, and can be striking in a multicolored yarn) or can be worked in yarn that contrasts in color or texture. (There is no embroidery – it just looks like it.)

A purchase of either of my Ellerbe patterns on the Ravelry website (don’t use the buy now button on this page) means a US$2 discount on buying the other. Discount is automatically applied at checkout.

Ellerbe Creek runs through Durham, North Carolina. I love going for walks by the creek and will donate ten percent of my proceeds from this hat to the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.

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If you’re on Ravelry, please join me for a knitalong on my group – if you finish either the hat or the mitts by the end of November, there will be prizes! Knitalong signup and details here.


  • To fit head sizes 18 (20, 22) inches [46 (51, 56) cm].
  • Brim measures 16 (18, 20) inches [40.5 (46, 51) cm] just above ribbing.
  • You can also increase to the desired diameter (about 2 inches [5cm] less than head size) and work from there, making it easy to adapt this to other yarns or head sizes, or to a beanie.


  • 18 stitches and 26 rounds over 4 inches [10cm] in stockinette on larger needles.

Materials needed:

  • 137 (177, 220) yards [125.5 (162, 201.5) m] of main color worsted weight yarn. Sample is worked in Quince & Co. Lark.
  • 8 yards [7.5m] of contrast color worsted weight yarn (or extra of main color). Sample uses Berocco Ultra Alpaca.
  • US size 8 [5mm] needles for working in the round.
  • US size 7 [4.5mm] needles for ribbing in the round.
  • cable needle (optional)
  • darning needle for working in ends.


  • You need to know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, yarn over, slip stitches, cable, increase, decrease, and knit in the round.
  • Both written instructions and a chart are provided.

Thank you!