meta Lace: a free chart for needlework
The word of the month is Lace, suggested by Nim on Patreon.
I usually develop a complicated knitting stitch pattern for each word, but I also like to provide a basic chart for any craft that’s worked on a grid: beads, cross stitch, whatever. I also try to provide an image of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a chart, but I just want to give a sense of it. This month’s is pretend knitting.
This month I essentially made this chart like a bar chart graph. I encoded the letters as numbers: L A C E is 14 01 03 05 in base eight. Then I went across the graph paper, with the bottom row symbolizing zero and the top row symbolizing seven, and put in bars that high from right to left: 1 4 0 1 0 3 0 5. Then to make it symmetrical, I repeated the same numbers in the opposite direction, only I didn’t repeat the five: 0 3 0 1 0 4 1. The red lines outline the pattern repeat.
- Designers, please feel free to use these designs in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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