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A while back, I encoded the word time and made it into a lace stitch pattern and a needlework chart. For this week’s post, I reworked a code grid I made while planning that post and turned it into a mosaic knitting stitch pattern. (I used the process described in this post.)

A nice thing about mosaic knitting is that the charts are similar to the final appearance of the knitting, so I’m not going to provide a swatch. Mosaic knitting looks difficult, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Basically, knit two-row stripes, and slip stitches from the row below to make the contrasting pattern.

Here’s a detailed blog post I wrote about how it works.

Follow the link for charts and instructions

Donut: a mosaic knitting chart

Last week, I encoded the word donut and made it into a lace stitch pattern and a needlework chart. For this post, I reworked a code grid I made while planning that post and turned it into a mosaic knitting stitch pattern. (I used the process described in this post.)

A nice thing about mosaic knitting is that the charts are similar to the final appearance of the knitting, so I’m not going to provide a swatch. Mosaic knitting looks difficult, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Basically, knit two-row stripes, and slip stitches from the row below to make the contrasting pattern.

Here’s a detailed blog post I wrote about how it works.

Follow the link for charts and instructions

Donut: a needlework chart for any craft that uses them

The random number generator picked Donut from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Susanne V, one of my Patreon supporters.

I also developed a complicated knitting stitch pattern for Donut, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)

Follow link for charts and more information

Donut: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is donut, suggested by Susanne V., a Patreon supporter.

I picked the base chart for this lace because it looked remarkably like a donut. In the end, I only used the bottom half of it, but the arrangement still has a slightly skewed donut in it! I think this is the only time I’ve ever tried to do this on purpose with one of my code laces. Fortunately, I also really like the results: the wavy, lacy bits between the donuts make me happy.

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 made Donut as a chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing; this goes in a separate post.

The stitch patterns are not usually meant in any way to look like the original words; the words are the seeds of my creativity.

Follow link for charts and instructions

Subtle: a needlework chart for any craft

The random number generator picked Subtle from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Kate, one of my Patreon supporters.

I usually develop a complicated knitting stitch pattern for each word, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)

Follow link for charts and more information

Subtle: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Subtle, suggested by Kate, a Patreon supporter. I’ve been on a bit of a lace panel kick lately. The next time I find a stitch pattern suitable for a panel, I’m going to see if I can make it a horizontal one, for a change. (This will depend on the positions of the yarnovers, however.)

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

Crocus: a needlework chart for any craft

The random number generator picked Crocus from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Enting, one of my Patreon supporters.

I’ve also developed a complicated knitting stitch pattern for Crocus, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)

Follow link for charts and more information

Crocus: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Crocus, suggested by Enting, a Patreon supporter. Some of my stitch patterns fit stylistically into the world of lace stitch patterns designed by many people; others don’t so much. This is one of the latter: it makes me think of something you might see under a microscope. I’m fond of this kind of effect. In this case, I also particularly like the winglike shapes on each side. This particular design seems most appropriate to me as a lace panel, the sort of thing that might go up the center of a shawl.

I also made a Crocus chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing.

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.)

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

Time: a needlework border for any craft

The random number generator picked Time from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Catnach and Jacque, two of my Patreon supporters. This one worked out well as a border pattern.

I usually develop a complicated knitting stitch pattern for each word, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)

Follow link for charts and more information

Swim: a mosaic knitting chart

Last week, I encoded the word swim and made it into a lace stitch pattern and a needlework chart. For this week’s post, I reworked a code grid I made while planning that post and turned it into a mosaic knitting stitch pattern. (I used the process described in this post.)

A nice thing about mosaic knitting is that the charts are similar to the final appearance of the knitting, so I’m not going to provide a swatch. Mosaic knitting looks difficult, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Basically, knit two-row stripes, and slip stitches from the row below to make the contrasting pattern.

Here’s a detailed blog post I wrote about how it works.

Follow the link for charts and instructions