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Below are the 4 most recent journal entries recorded in Knitting Complex: The study of the knitted fabric's LiveJournal:

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
1:14 am
Bird's Eye Pattern and Spiderling Lace Pattern
Bird's Eye and Spiderling LaceCollapse )

These are two patterns from Sharon Miller's Heirloom Knitting. You'll see a lot of erasures near the bottom as I tried to figure out what was going on in these patterns.

One consequence of graphing out these patterns is that I've noticed some errors in the Heirloom Knitting book, for example, the photograph of Spiderling Lace shows the wrong side of the fabric, not that there really is a wrong side, but it's not the side of the fabric that shows in the chart.

It feels almost like calligraphy exercises to write out these charts. I'm trying to make them in a CAD program, but there's something about pencil on paper that's very soothing.
Monday, July 30th, 2007
9:43 am
Diagramming a complex knitted lace edging
Using the diagramming method on a complex lace-knitted edging.Collapse )

I love this kind of thing. This is a representation of a knitting stitch pattern that is close in appearance to the actual knitting... if knitting existed in Flatland. I could knit from this diagram... but I'm not sure if anyone else could.

I create this diagram from a graph of the knitting pattern, so this is an intermediate representation of sorts.

To convert this diagram to a 3-d representation of knitting (or the knitted piece itself) would require more information. This diagram doesn't keep track of which are knit stitches and which are purl stitches.

Also, in the diagram the knitted decreases are ambiguous. When you knit a decrease you're pulling a loop through two or more loops from the previous row. One of the loops from the previous row ends up on top of the fabric, partially covering the other loop or loops. It's not shown which loop of the previous knitted row ends up on the top of the fabric.

On the other hand, Shetland lace knitters' directions were at about this level of information... you got a list of Knit stitches, Make 1's and Narrows, and the fabric was implied garter stitch. If you're knitting something with the extremely fine yarn and small needles that the Shetland lace knitters used, it doesn't much matter which knitted decrease you use, the decreases are so tiny.
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
10:50 pm
Hat Pattern
entrelac cables hat pattern diagramCollapse )
This is the rough diagram I'm using to knit the hat in a previous post. It's like a puzzle... it probably doesn't make much sense. I'll fill in the details later if people are interested.

It helps if you've worked through the "Parquet Squares" in Sampler Knitting by Barbara Walker. (This title has been reissued by Schoolhouse Press as A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns.) The squares of garter stitch start in the middle of the hat and spiral outward. Every square is knitted onto the previously worked squares. Well, except the first one. For that you can use a provisional cast on, because a later square will attach to the stitches at the base of the first square.

Think of each square as having its own direction, knitting from South to North. Each garter square has a cable working its way from the SE to the NW corner of the square.

Each square's knitting direction is indicated by an arrow. Each square's number indicates where the square starts. In some cases the square starts in its SE corner, and in some cases in its SW corner, in other words, sometimes a square starts on a wrong-side (SW) row or a right-side (SE) row.

There's more to this, obviously! And my method of knitting this kind of thing improves each time I knit these spiral-entrelac-cable thingies. More to come!
1:11 pm
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