Mountain: a free needlework chart for any craft

Mountain: a needlework chart for any craft

The word of the month is mountain, suggested by Lara on Patreon.

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 an image of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object, but I just want to give a sense of it.

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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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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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meta Lace: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

meta Lace: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Nim suggested lace for this month, which I think is apt and funny. I like the result! I’m calling it meta Lace because it is lace about lace, in a way. Also, it will be easier to search my blog for “meta lace” than it would be for “lace”. (This month, only one person on Patreon gave me a word to turn into lace, so I didn’t use a random number generator to pick one.)

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. A random number generator usually 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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Help: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

This is a continuation of my Help post from before, this time with a lace stitch based on the word help. If you like it and use it, please consider donating money to a group working to assist after natural disasters. As I discussed in my previous post, local donations are usually best, but if you don't have much time, I think it's hard to go wrong with Doctors without Borders.

I'm not familiar with the right groups for the flooding in South Asia or Africa, or the earthquake in Mexico. This is all highly discouraging, but remember to look for the helpers!

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Dragons: a free chart for any craft that uses them

The word of the month is Dragons, suggested by Nyriis and Asimina on Patreon.

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 an image of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a chart, but I just want to give a sense of it. This month’s is fake cross stitch because I think the floats would be too long if this were worked as stranded knitting.

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Dragons: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

This month, the random number generator chose dragons, suggested by Nyriis and Asimina on Patreon. I like the result! From one angle, the sections with more stockinette look kind of like dragon heads, though I didn’t plan for it. From another, the sections full of yarnovers remind me of plant cells under a microscope.

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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Help Texas flood victims

Help: a free chart for any craft that uses them

The colorwork chart I’ve included in this post is based on the word help, using my encoding methods. Whether or not you plan to use it, please consider donating money to organizations helping with disaster relief after Hurricane Harvey.

There’s a lot of organizations that need help. Here are the principles I like to use for natural disasters and some suggestions for organizations:

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