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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Phoenix: a needlework chart for any craft

The word of the month is Phoenix, suggested by Sara 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.

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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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Groundhog: a free chart for any craft

Each month when I make a knitting stitch pattern for my Patreon supporters, I also make a chart that should work for any craft that uses square grids for design: cross stitch, needlepoint, crochet, quilting, etc. This chart was generated by turning the letters of a suggested word (in this case groundhog) into numbers, then using those numbers to generate charts in different ways until I find one I like. Here’s this month’s.

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Equinox encoded as stitch patterns

Equinox encoded as lace (free stitch pattern)

This is my monthly extra stitch pattern funded by my Patreon backers. If you would like to have the chance to suggest words for me to encode, please support me on Patreon. Thanks! (It helps support me in my blogging and design work.)

At first I didn’t think I was going to like this lace and that I was going to have try a different variation of equinox, but as ever, knitting multiple repeats of the stitch pattern in the swatch convinced me otherwise. This one is in base ten. When I started playing with encoding, I preferred my base six designs, as it seemed harder to make something I liked of the base ten numbers. I’ve had quite a bit of practice since then, however, and thought I’d give it another try. Sure enough, it seemed much easier this time. I guess I’ve gotten better at lace design! (Funny how practice can do that.)

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√Čtude no. 5 – combining knitweaving with stranded knitting.

Etude no. 5 - combining knitweaving with stranded knitting.

Since learning about knitweaving, I’ve been curious about combining it with regular stranded knitting. All the projects I’ve seen have used one technique or the other (probably because knitweaving by itself can look better with doubled strands rather than single).

In this swatch I played around with two configurations. In the bottom section (variation 1), each column of dark stitches was worked using only one technique. The knitweaving sections therefore have little horizontal green bars while the stitches worked in dark green make a solid vertical stripe.

The upper section (variation 2) has the knitweaving and dark stitches worked out of phase with each other. This makes for a subtle knotted effect; the stitches worked in the natural color in those vertical lines disappear.

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