Category Archives: my designs

Longwing

I’m pleased to say that I have a pattern in Knitty!

Longwing is a double garter stitch crescent shawl with two chevrons inserted in the middle. The result sometimes reminds me of part of a star shape, but more often makes me think of a butterfly’s wings. There’s something fun about wearing butterfly wings without it being obvious.

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Helianthe: a shawl pattern

Nim Teasdale and I collaborated together on Helianthe (Ravelry link). She suggested sunflower to me and I encoded it as stitch patterns to suit the sorts of designs she likes to make. This is a pattern that will suit a variety of weights of yarns and can be worked to more than one size. Here’s more information on Ravelry. (No Ravelry account required for purchase.)
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Announcing New Hope Creek shawl

New Hope Creek (Payhip link) is designed to be knit with two skeins of yarn that coordinate with each other but that don’t match exactly. The shape is crescent-like — formed by knitting five triangles pointing in alternating directions.

The sample is knit with one muted skein and one that’s wildly variegated with short runs of color; I think of this as one mild and one wild. Many variations are possible: one gradient and one wildly variegated yarn, two self-striping yarns with different length stripes, multiple scrap yarns left over from other projects, even two solid yarns. Instructions are also provided for working with a single yarn.

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Pattern Release: Onward top-down hat recipe

There are days when I need to acknowledge unpleasantness, but keep moving forward. On those days, my motto is onward. I made this hat as a tactile reminder to myself for those days.

I took the letters of onward, encoded them as numbers, and then charted those numbers, using my methods for encoding words as patterns. The marked squares were turned into purl stitches, and thus I made this stitch pattern.

This is a top-down hat. It can be ended when the yarn does if necessary; the pattern has sufficient purls in it that it doesn’t curl. A shorter hat will be a cap; a longer one can cover the ears for warmth; an even longer one can be slouchy. Knit the crown and some ribbing in a contrast color if desired. I have seen this hat worked to good effect in solid yarn, tonal yarn, variegated, and self-striping. Gradient would also be fun!

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Sanguinaria yarn bag

One of my favorite spring wildflowers is bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis. The design on the bottom of this bag, with its asymmetrically-spaced petals and squarish shape, reminds me of that small white flower.

This lace bag, knit from the center outward, will carry yarn, a handkerchief, or other such things. The stitch pattern is based on the Arrow Pattern from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury.

The bag also makes a fetching child’s cap without the drawstring.

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Bread & Roses

The phrase bread and roses originated in the early twentieth century in the American labor movement. There are stories about it being sung as part of a song by strikers, which seems to be apocryphal. The meaning is not, however: Bread and Roses stands for the desire for both fair wages and dignity. The slogan has particularly come to be associated with a textile workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912.

I looked up the individual concepts for bread, roses, and labor unions in the Dewey Decimal System (used to catalog books in many libraries in the US) and then placed the numbers on a grid as a starting point for designing this lace. The yarn overs in the alternating columns of lace in the middle are placed based on bread and roses; the border is generated with the numbers for labor unions. Decreases were placed to form undulating lines; occasional two-stitch cables highlight this effect.

(For more on this method of designing stitch patterns, see my blog posts on embedding meaning in knitting or other crafts.)

This pattern can be used to knit a rectangular scarf or stole.

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Happy Labor Day! (As observed in the US.)

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Spring! (free stitch pattern)

Two stitch patterns based on the word, Spring.It has certainly been a while. I got sidetracked, and then I felt abashed, but now I have a backlog of things I’ve been meaning to write about. (The problem is never a shortage of material!)

Anyway, I’m in the midst of writing a stitch dictionary, among other things, and I was getting fed up with not being able to share any of the things I was doing. So I decided to make something that’s not going in the stitch dictionary and share it with you.

I used my secret code techniques to lay the word Spring out on several different grids, and ended up liking this one a lot. I made one lace design from it and also a stranded knitting chart. The stranded chart is mirrored vertically as well as horizontally. The lace one has an extra column down the middle and on each side; this avoids a double yarn over. I dote on double yarn overs, but I know that not everyone is comfortable with them.

Happy Spring!

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Spindle Hat: Katherine Whorl

Announcing the Katherine Whorl spindle hat pattern! (Payhip link)

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Many spindle whorls are decorated with little circles, and so this hat is covered with many circles created by crocheting the traditional Catherine’s Wheel stitch pattern and then outlining the circles with chain stitch. The hat name is a bit of a pun on the traditional stitch pattern name: whorl because of spindles; Katherine in honor of the five women named that in my knitting group who all spell it with a K.

I wanted to combine several of the crafts that use yarn, so I embroidered my circles and knitted the brim (instructions for an alternate crochet brim are provided). Use surface crochet to create much the same effect as the embroidery.

I’ve found that crocheting with a single strand of yarn and knitting with the same yarn doubled makes the two match up well in terms of both stitch gauge and appearance. I made use of that principle in this hat.

This pattern is intended for confident crocheters who know a little knitting. No in-depth tutorials are provided.

Thinking of winter

Announcing my Paper Snowflake pattern! (Payhip link)

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I love cutting paper snowflakes, with twelve folds and six symmetrical points. This knitted snowflake looks very much like one of my paper ones.

Knit these from the center out in cotton, linen, or hemp and then starch to use as ornaments. Knit in any fiber and use as appliqués. Good for using up leftovers from other projects.

For experienced or confident knitters. None of the techniques used are particularly difficult on their own, but the combination of some of them is a little finicky.

I’m going to be knitting several as holiday decorations, and will be starching something for the first time, as much so I’ll know how as anything else.

A full chart and written instructions are both available.

Techniques used:

  • casting on for the center of a doily
  • knitted cast on
  • multiple yarn-overs in a row
  • knitting through the back loop
  • knit two together
  • bind off (knit two, pass one stitch over)

You could easily use Magic Loop or 2 circulars; I used double-points. The pattern is needle agnostic.

(Out of curiosity, I tried this in worsted weight on size 8 needles and it took 19 yards.)

Pattern has been tech edited.

Hug: a lace knitting stitch pattern

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It seems to me that a lot of my friends could use hugs right now (though only if they want them); this is the word hug, turned into base six numbers and then laid out on a grid (see adding it all up).

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Notes:

  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. It is not a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • It is a multiple of 18 stitches and 4 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this stitch in your patterns; please note the Creative Commons license terms at the bottom.
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Abbreviations:

  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • k3tog: knit 3 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning double decrease)
  • Lark’s head = twist each YO loop in opposite directions as you knit or purl them.
  • p: purl.
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning decrease)
  • sssk: slip each of the next 3 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning double decrease)
  • yo: yarnover.

Row 1: *k1, yo, sssk, k1, yo, k2, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k2, yo, k1, k3tog, yo, k1; work from */
Row 2: *p8, lark’s head, p8; work from *.
Row 3: *k1, k2tog, (k1, yo) x 2, k3tog, yo, k2, yo, sssk, (yo, k1) x 2, ssk, k1; work from *.
Row 4: purl.

(I also hope to have a different version at some point for those of you who don’t care for lace for whatever reason.)

Creative Commons License


Hug stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.