Xeric: a needlework chart for any craft
The random number generator picked Xeric from the suggestions for this post, suggested by Susan C and Bookwyrm, two of my Patreon supporters.
I developed a complicated knitting stitch pattern for Xeric 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 at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over not as a chart. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I just want to give a sense of it in use. (I try to make it look like knitting when it’s got floats short enough for easy stranded knitting.)
- Xeric has a repeat of14 + 1 columns and 6 + 1 rows.
- In the written instructions, color A is the light squares above, and color B is the dark.
- The written instructions below are formatted for stranded knitting, but it is my hope that they could be translated into instructions for other crafts. For instance, if working filet crochet, 1 A could be one open square and 2 B could be two filled-in squares.
- Designers, please feel free to use this in your patterns (no need to ask). I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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Round 1: work knit as follows; *1 B, 3 A, 1 B, 5 A, 1 B, 3 A, 1 B; work from *.
Round 2: work knit as follows; *2 B, 2 A, 1 B, 1 A, 3 B, 1 A, 1 B, 2 A, 2 B; work from *.
Round 3: work knit as follows; *(1 B, 1 A) × 2, 2 B, 3 A, 2 B, (1 A, 1 B) × 2; work from *.
Round 4: work knit as follows; *1 A, 1 B, 2 A, 3 B, 1 A, 3 B, 2 A, 1 B, 1 A; work from *.
Round 5: work knit as follows; *(1 B, 1 A) × 2, 2 B, 3 A, 2 B, (1 A, 1 B) × 2; work from *.
Round 6: work knit as follows; *2 B, 2 A, 1 B, 1 A, 3 B, 1 A, 1 B, 2 A, 2 B; work from *.
Round 7: work knit as follows; *1 B, 3 A, 1 B, 5 A, 1 B, 3 A, 1 B; work from *.