Omega: a free stranded knitting pattern

Omega: a free chart for stranded knitting

Omega is a Greek letter, used as the scientific symbol for the ohm, the unit for measuring electrical resistance. This makes it a useful symbol for resistance in general, and so I’ve made it into charts for your craftivism needs.

There’s one version that’s a single letter, useful for duplicate stitch or cross stitch. There’s another version that’s for making a band of stranded knitting around a hat or anything else you like.

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Étude no 18: noodling around with Granite Stitch

Periodically I blog about some of my knitting experiments – I call these études, after the kind of musical exercises.

I recently joined Instagram (@gannetdesigns) and have been joining in with the @yarnlovechallenge, which provides photo prompts on a given yarny handcraft theme. The theme for this week is texture, which made my brain fizz.

I’ve been meaning to fool around a little with Granite Stitch just to see what I could see, because much as I love lace and cables, I think there’s a lot of other textured knitting stitches to play with and turn into other stitch patterns.

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Coffee: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Coffee: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

This month, the random number generator chose coffee, suggested by Nim. I have a little feeling that a lot of you will be very pleased right now, as I know just how many people love coffee. I’ve never acquired a taste for the beverage myself (I’m a tea drinker), but I do love the way the stitch pattern came out!

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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Persist: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Persist: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

I published two stitch patterns for the word Resist a couple of weeks ago, and today I’ve done the same for Persist. I converted the letters of Persist into numbers, and then used those numbers to make a lace chart. There is also a chart for stranded knitting at the end of the post.

The result isn’t exactly secret code, nor is it necessarily meant to be recognized by other people as a sign of your political affiliations. But if you want to make something you can wear unobtrusively as a reminder to  yourself, this is a stitch pattern for you.

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Resist: a free chart for stranded knitting and other crafts

On Saturday I went to the nearest Women’s March; not the one in Washington, DC. It was a moving experience, and it derailed my plans for today’s blog post.

Below, you’ll find a chart for stranded knitting based on the word Resist. I turned the letters into numbers, and then charted the numbers to make this pattern. The result isn’t exactly secret code, nor is it meant to be recognized by other people as a sign of your political affiliations. But if you want to make something you can wear unobtrusively as a reminder to  yourself, this is a stitch pattern for you. Here is a lace version of Resist.

(Added later) If you’d like more overt signs of resistance, here’s some patterns for you:

  • PussyHat Project,including patterns for knit, crochet, and sewn hats. You could probably adjust the pussyhat to use my stitch pattern, if you liked.
  • Resist hat from Donna Druchunas’s free ebook, Knitting as a Political Act, which includes links to other designers’ work as well.

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Three row mesh: a free knitting stitch pattern

The 2017 stitch pattern had me thinking about stitch patterns with three row repeats. There are some out there, but I don’t know why there’s not more. Anyway, here’s a stitch pattern I thought of because of 2017. It’s entirely possible that I’m not the first to come up with it.

It’s reversible, geometric, and it won’t curl because it’s got a garter stitch base to it. It should work  well with some variegated yarn because of that. Added selvedges are unnecessary.
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