By | April 19, 2015

One of the things I’ve always wanted to be able to do is highlight the spaces between stitch columns.

Hagakiri stitch map

Or, to put it another way, to break a stitch pattern into its constituent parts.

Hagakiri stitch map

Having create these visualizations automagically would be awesome fun, not to mention super useful.

  • You could see where to place stitch markers that would never get caught in decreases, cable crosses, clusters, or gathers.

  • You could find the stitch pattern’s “true” repeat – especially handy when converting flat instructions for use in the round.

    Hagakiri stitch map

  • You could create new stitch patterns, by duplicating, removing, or replacing parts of an existing stitch pattern.

    Hagakiri stitch map

But as much as I want this to happen, I’m not exactly sure how it should work. It kind of depends on the stitch pattern in question, and what you’re trying to do with it.

Take Fleurette, for example. Highlighting all the between-stitch-column spaces gives a jumbled mess.

Fleurette stitch map

Sure, these lines show where you could put stitch markers. But it’d probably be more useful to highlight the pattern repeat.

Fleurette stitch map

Or is this the repeat?

Fleurette stitch map

(Actually, Fleurette’s repeat could be defined four different ways. All are equally valid.)

Another example: Trellis Lace. There’s only one spot you could put a marker that would never get caught in a decrease.

Trellis Lace stitch map

But you’d probably want to know that you could put markers in these spots. They’d gradually move to the left, such that every 12 rows you’d have to add a marker at the right edge, and remove one from the left edge.

Trellis Lace stitch map

More to the point: if you wanted to work Trellis Lace in the round, this would be the easiest way of doing it. Yes, the patterning would spiral, but note the repeat is only 6 rounds, not 12.

Trellis Lace stitch map

So what options should offer? What sort of visualizations should it make possible? I’m going to keep cogitating on the matter. Of course, if you have any comments to share, I’d love to hear them!


Anne Dare on April 19, 2015 at 10:13 pm.

I am SO looking forward to taking your class at BSG! I’m still trying to figure this out, so that should inspire (and help) me! Thanks for doing it!

Ruby Cruse on April 20, 2015 at 5:53 am.

I love what you have done with Stitch-Maps. I have not gotten into it as deep as I want. But I am starting to do more knitting than I have in the past 12-18 months, so I am sure this is gonna be lots of fun. If you ever get the chance I would like to have a copy of the handout for the Mapping Lace Stitches, the class I missed at DFW Fiber Fest. (Ruby/DFW Fiber Fest)

JC on April 20, 2015 at 8:05 am.

Whoops! Sorry, Ruby, I totally spaced on getting you those handouts. I’ve just emailed them to you.