The cat is outta the bag

By | June 18, 2013

What have I been doing for the past couple months? Not blogging, clearly. Not knitting, either. Rather, I’ve been working on this:

Feather and Fan

Feather and Fan

And this:

Half-drop Horseshoe

Half-drop Horseshoe

And this:

Vine lace

Vine lace

They’re “stitch maps,” knitting charts drawn without grids so you can see what the fabric is really doing. You can read more about them (and play with them!) at my new website,

As you might imagine, I’ve been working on for some time. And I had envisioned careful, controlled launch. Pfft. How does the saying go? “If you want to make the gods laugh, tell them about your plans.” This morning a post on Facebook mentioned That got repeated on Ravelry. And that let the cat outta the bag.

So now you know. I’ve been neglecting this blog on account of And I’m probably going to continue neglecting this blog for a while.

Oh, but what an excellent trade-off: is raring to go! Join the fun: check it out.

Want to know when something new, cool, and groovy hits You have options:

Just be patient with the site, okay? It’s still pretty darn new. No doubt it has some kinks I’ll need to work out.


Bets on June 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm.

Wait! How am I gonna manage that? I can’t put post-its on a curve!

Ann Speedy on June 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm.

I would like to have copies of your ” patterns” and try to learn to use them.

JC on June 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm.

Don’t have to! Get a basic subscription and will highlight and keep track of your current row for you. Think of it as curvy post-it that can’t fall off!

Vickie on June 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm.

These are beautiful, even if you never knit them. You can feel the rhythm and music of knitting in them.

Wendy C. on June 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm.

OMG!!! I think you have definitely revolutionized knitting and brought it into the next century!!! I’m practically speechless!!! And envious, wishing I’d thought of it! Fantasmagorical innovation!!! I look forward to using/trying this!!!!!

Wendy C. on June 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm.

Oops! I guess I meant the Stitch Maps people! No offense intended.

Wendy C. on June 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm.

Oops, again!! I see now, YOU ARE Stitch Maps! (*majorly blushing in embarrassment*)

JC on June 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm.

No worries, Wendy. 😉

Angela on June 19, 2013 at 12:27 am.

Yes! Can’t wait to delve in!

LoonyNuna on June 19, 2013 at 5:12 am.

Incredible! Clearly this a wonderful sea change in how to express stitch patterns. These are fantastic! Can I think of any other superlatives to use? Marvelous, stupendous, informative, intuitive, exhilarating… I can’t imagine the amount of work that went into this idea. I bow to you, JC.

Cheryl A Gammon on June 19, 2013 at 5:15 am.

This is amazing!

PGWilliamson on June 19, 2013 at 5:46 am.

When I saw the thumbnail for this post I thought this was a crochet pattern. It’s about time! I have no problem using crochet “charts” because they do mimic the material and clearly show the pattern/material is being created. Knitting charts just drive me crazy. Thanks for putting some sense into knitting.

Debbie on June 19, 2013 at 11:26 am.

BRAVO!!!! As well as being sooooooooooooooooo much more pleasant to look at, they are going to be soooooooooooooooooo much more easy!!!! I will surely be coming to your site….and I just liked you on FB….Thanks from a chart hater lol lol lol Thanks DEBnVAL

annie on June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm.

neat. japanese crochet books look like that too actually.

Annetta Essen on June 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have reworked my own patterns similarly for years but am criticized for wanting to publish that way. Go big! Become the new standard, it is music, it is perfect. MWAA !