Quiet: two mosaic knitting charts

sample image for Quiet, version 2: a mosaic knitting chart, by Naomi Parkhurst

Last week, I encoded the word quiet 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

Quiet: a needlework chart for any craft

The random number generator picked Quiet from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Smart Mouth’d, 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.)

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Quiet: a lace knitting stitch pattern

sample swatch for Quiet: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Quiet, suggested by Smart Mouth’d, a Patreon supporter.

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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Gansey: a needlework pattern for any craft

sample image for Gansey: a needlework chart for any craft, by Naomi Parkhurst

The random number generator picked Gansey from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Bookwyrm, one of my Patreon supporters. I should note that this is not a traditional gansey stitch pattern, though I have included a chart that makes it feasible to work as a knit-purl design. (A gansey is a kind of sweater from the island of Guernsey.)

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

Roses: a needlework chart for any craft

sample image for Roses: a needlework chart for any craft, by Naomi Parkhurst

The random number generator picked Roses from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Sarah Dawn, 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

Cumulus: a lace knitting stitch pattern

sample swatch for Cumulus: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Cumulus, suggested by Smart Mouth’d, a Patreon supporter. Cumulus clouds are those fluffy white clouds that often look rather like sheep.

This is one of my simpler lace patterns: no double yarnovers or double decreases. The purl columns aren’t part of the code, which is why I’ve made them purl, but you are welcome to make them into either knit columns or garter stitch columns if you prefer. (You’re welcome to make any changes you like, of course, but if you change the relative locations of the yarnovers on the chart, it will no longer be an encoded word.)

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

Starfish: a mosaic knitting chart

sample image for Starfish: a mosaic knitting chart, by Naomi Parkhurst

I posted Star and Fish mosaic charts in the last couple of weeks, and here’s how they look when combined.

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

Roses: a lace knitting stitch pattern

photo of sample swatch for Roses: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Roses, suggested by Sarah Dawn, a Patreon supporter.

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

Fish: a mosaic knitting chart

sample image for Fish: a mosaic knitting chart, by Naomi Parkhurst

Generally, when I’m making mosaic knitting charts from an encoded word, it works best with shorter words. So I’m not making a single mosaic chart for starfish. Instead, I made one for star last week, and this week, I’m posting fish. They have the same stitch repeat and can be used together.

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