A while back, I made a needlework chart out of the word Kind:


This week, I took an excerpt of that chart and modified it to make a coordinating stitch pattern:


If you use my charts, I’d love to know!


Several years ago, I posted a lace design on my blog, and it niggled at me because I liked part of it, but the sample was awful.

So this week I knit a new sample and made some changes to the design, and now I’m much happier. Admittedly some of it is knowing better how to do selvedges, and gradually improving my photography, but some of it is the design itself.

(Thread 🧶)


This week’s blog post is the word Sprout encoded as a needlework border:


I try to make a chart like this for every word I encode as lace, because not everyone wants to knit or wear lace, and it’s good to have options.

This chart can be worked as stranded knitting, as shown in my drawing, but it could also be cross stitch or anything really. Lots of things!


So I searched for my ongoing rough draft stitch pattern swatch for an hour, looking for a long narrow strip of grey lace knitting with needles hanging out of it, and then I sighed and gave up on explicitly looking.

Then I looked at the giant pile of work and personal knitting next to my work chair and decided that it was time to put everything that’s not an active project back in the sewing room to clear the decks.


Back in 2019, I encoded the word Light as a lace knitting chart for my Patreon. I usually make a needlework chart for any craft that uses square grids at the same time, but for whatever reason, I didn’t this time. This week’s blog post is a needlework chart for Light.

Lace: gannetdesigns.com/2019/01/16/l
Needlework charts: gannetdesigns.com/2022/08/09/l


The word of the month on my blog is Kind, as suggested by a Patreon backer. We could all use more actual kindness.

I turned the letters of the word into numbers, charted them a bunch of ways, and then made one chart into lace, and the other into a needlework chart.

Here’s the lace: gannetdesigns.com/2022/08/01/k

Here’s the needlework chart: gannetdesigns.com/2022/08/01/k


Back in 2019, I encoded the word Hawthorn as lace.


Usually when I encode words, I make both a lace chart and a needlework chart for any craft that uses a grid, because not everyone wants to knit lace.


Dear self,

you wouldn’t be having this problem if you had read all the notes you carefully wrote down about this stitch pattern two years ago before diving into knitting a bit of it now.

That is what the notes are *for*.



This week's blog post is a pseudo-random mosaic knitting chart. (I used random numbers to generate it manually, but since mosaic knitting has rules, I changed the numbers where needed. So it's not truly random.)



Knitty has added a beta search page for their patterns! It has two categories: yarn weight and basic type of pattern, but that’s a big help right there.



Oh, look, I bought a sweater. (There’s a few more of these involved. All the same color: rhododendron.)

Some assembly required.

It’s going to be a basic sweater from Knitting in the Old Way, by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts and Deb Robson.


This week’s knitting blog post is an examination of the structure of the right lifted increase, so called because it leans to the right, not because it is always correct. 😉



Maybe it’s just that it’s summer and I can’t imagine knitting anything large right now, but I’m kind of taken with the idea of a narrow, cotton lace scarf that just wraps around the neck a time or two. I see so many cowls and shawlettes, but it’s been awhile since I saw a scarf pattern. What do you think?


Here’s a new blog post about how I was inspired by poetic rhyme structure when I was designing the needlework chart for mirth. Geeking out a little bit!



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Several years ago, I made a lace knitting stitch pattern out of the word “friendship” and I also included a plain chart to be used for needlework. It wasn’t a great needlework chart, so I just made some minor formatting changes to the lace instructions, and made a whole new blog post for the needlework.




Further data on my knitting experiment.

I never measure my Clover bamboo needles because the size is very clearly stamped on the side (and doesn’t wear off), so I was stymied when I measured my Clover size 5/3.75mm with my needle gauge in the size 5 hole (labeled 3.75mm, to boot), and the needle was too big for the hole.

(Thread. Or is it yarn? 🧵 🧶)


This is a nifty article about how needle material—and needle shape (in cross section)—can affect knitting gauge: moderndailyknitting.com/2022/0

I don’t think I’ve seen that much of an effect in my knitting over the decades, but the only way to be sure is to try.

Want to give it a shot for science? Use three of the same size needles, same yarn, varied needle materials.

I propose a hashtag so we can compare results:


This week’s blog post is about the structure of the increase called kfb (knit in front and back). It explains both the purpose of it and why it kind of looks like there’s a purl stitch involved, even though there isn’t one.



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