Posts Tagged “charting”


By | April 19, 2015

One of the things I’ve always wanted to be able to do is highlight the spaces between stitch columns. Or, to put it another way, to break a stitch pattern into its constituent parts. Having create these visualizations automagically would be awesome fun, not to mention super useful. You could see where to […]

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A little surreal

By | March 24, 2015

You know how I’ve said that I drew stitch maps by hand, long before developing Well, I found a little proof today. And it was a little surreal. While cleaning out some dusty corners of my laptop’s hard drive (because, you know, I was stalling on more important tasks), I came across some notes […]

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By | October 8, 2014

Sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake. had been up and running for a few months before I started making use of stitch maps in the classes that I teach – notably, Lace Basics. And it wasn’t until this morning that I realized that, now that supports cable crosses, I could map […]

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Coronet, addendum

By | September 4, 2014

The original plan was to map a doily pattern and convert it to a wedge shape. But once that was done, I found I couldn’t stop fiddling. Looking at the stitch map for the wedge, I noticed that it would be possible to knit Coronet in the round without ever having to shift the beginning-of-rounds […]

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Coronet, step 2

By | September 3, 2014

Okay, this was the fun part: color-coding the in-the-round stitch maps for Coronet, using one color for the repeated stitches and another for the “extra” stitches needed to balance the pattern when working it flat. I went the high-tech route, exporting the stitch maps as PDFs and tweaking them in Illustrator. But low-tech routes are […]

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Coronet, step 1

By | September 2, 2014

Over the weekend I was seized by the need to map a lace doily pattern and convert it to a wedge shape. (You know, because I just can’t get enough charting in my life.) I chose Coronet, from Marianne Kinzel’s First Book of Modern Lace Knitting. The first step was converting the lingo. Kinzel uses […]

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New Vintage Lace

By | August 26, 2014

Have you seen New Vintage Lace? I love this book! Andrea Jurgrau takes vintage doily patterns, lifts out and rejiggers their intricate motifs, and reinvents them as stunning hats, scarves, stoles, and shawls. It’s a fabulous idea, really. Those vintage patterns contain motifs unlike any in today’s stitch dictionaries: starbursts, overlapping petals, and lush leaves, […]

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A change of heart

By | August 25, 2014

You know how I said would throw up its hands and say, “I can’t do that” when asked to draw a cable cross on a WS row? Well, I’ve been convinced of another approach. Tech editor extraordinaire Karen Frisa has pointed out that a cable cross abbreviation can be interpreted in a couple ways. […]

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The WS conundrum

By | August 21, 2014

Cable crosses are typically worked on right-side rows. But what if is asked to draw a cable cross on a wrong-side row? What should it do then? Take 2/2 RC, for example. It’s defined as “Slip 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn” – that is, knit all the […]

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Where to draw the line?

By | August 19, 2014

With hundreds of possible cable crosses, where should draw the line? Which cable crosses should it support, at least at first? To figure this out, I pulled a dozen stitch dictionaries, reference books, and pattern books off my shelves. Which cable crosses did they use? The results were interesting, though not too surprising when […]

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