Meg: a charted design for any craft

I have a collection of small motifs that I’ve seen in charts I’ve generated with my word encoding methods. Sometimes I make deliberate stitch patterns from them; this is one of those. If I can’t think of other names for such patterns, I use a person’s name. (Not necessarily a specific person’s name.) Meg is one of the many possible nicknames for Margaret.

This one caught my eye this week, and I didn’t realize until afterward that the motif is the same as half the lantern shape in this month’s Patreon charted design: happen. A happy accident! (Though the stitch repeats don’t work for them to be easily combined, unfortunately.)

When I make a charted design like this, I try to provide at least some digital art of the pattern repeated all over. It doesn’t necessarily look like a finished object for any particular craft, but I 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.)

horizontal bands of a motif that's been flipped up and down to make a zigzag band. Each motif looks kind of like a stylized airplane from the front.
chart showing how to work the Meg design by means of dark and light squares. Written instructions in blog post.
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  • Meg has a repeat of 8 + 1 columns and 8 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, 1A could be one open square and 2B could be two filled-in squares.
  • This pattern is written in rounds, but because each row has mirror symmetry, the colors can be read in flat rows as written. If knitting, just work purl stitches on alternating rows instead of knit.
  • 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; 1B, *(3A, 1B) × 2; work from *.

Round 2: work knit as follows; 1B, *1B, 5A, 2B; work from *.

Round 3: work knit as follows; 1A, *(3B, 1A) × 2; work from *.

Round 4: work knit as follows; 1A, *(1B, 2A) × 2, 1B, 1A; work from *.

Round 5: work knit as follows; 1B, *2A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 2A, 1B; work from *.

Round 6: work knit as follows; 1A, *(3B, 1A) × 2; work from *.

Round 7: work knit as follows; 1A, *2A, 3B, 3A; work from *.

Round 8: work knit as follows; 1B, *(3A, 1B) × 2; work from *.