So many ways to make a hug!

This is my last post on encoding “Hug” in yarn. First I knitted lace, then I played with crochet, and now I’m going to finish up with some more knitting.

I discussed the mechanics of laying out this particular grid in the crochet post, but here it is one more time, stripped down a bit.

other hugs - 2 rows

As with the crochet, sometimes the stitches work better with patterning on every row, and sometimes they do well to have a plain row in between. (Compare it with the lace chart, and you’ll see that the yarn overs go in the dark squares.)

other hugs

First up, knitting a purl stitch for every dark square.

P2099581The bottom section has a plain row in between each pattern row; the upper section has patterning on every row. (Note that this means keeping in mind what the front of the knitting looks like. I worked a purl stitch where the chart shows a knit on the front, and a knit stitch for every dark square.)

Both of these look just fine! But if you don’t like working seed stitch, you probably wouldn’t like knitting this.

P2099577In the bottom section I did stranded knitting, which worked quite well, I thought. Except for being out of practice.

The middle section is mosaic knitting. I really like the way this came out.

The top section is a little different. It’s stranded knitting again, and isn’t based on the grid. Instead, it’s more like a bar chart, starting at the right side. The numbers for HUG are 12 33 11, and so each column of stitches goes up as high as the corresponding number. The first column of blue is 1 stitch high. The next is 2 high. The next two are 3 high each. The last two are 1 high again, and then it all starts over again. This works pretty well, but I prefer the other two colorwork sections.

And there you have it. Why not make a hug for a friend?