# Frost: a free chart for use in any craft

Each month, my Patreon backers suggest words for me to encode into charts to use in arts and crafts. I make one into a knitting stitch (usually lace), and make another chart for crafts in general. This month’s word, suggested by Nim, is *Frost*, which I turned into numbers in base 9 and then laid out on a grid.

I’m going to start adding a general explanation of the encoding for each word I use as the basis for a design.

Here’s how to read the numbers of the encoding.

This reads from bottom to top, right to left – like knitting stitches. The black squares are kind of like the spaces between words ; the numbers show the count for each digit of the code.

Frost (in base 9) is 06 20 16 21 22. I plotted those numbers on charts in several ways, and picked this one as a starting point.

Since the first digit is zero, I counted zero stitches and placed a black square in the first row, then I counted 6 (moving from the first row to the second), and placed another square after the sixth. Two stitches next, followed by another zero, so there’s two black squares in a row. One stitch, square, six stitches, square, and so on.The black squares are replaced by yarnovers in the final chart.

After I mirrored this chart in two directions, I decided that I liked it best as a horizontal border, so I rotated the whole thing by 90 degrees.

Designers, please feel free to use these stitches in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it. Thanks! – Naomi

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