I am slowly adding links to the multi-part tutorial and informational series I’ve posted to String. All the series below are available on site, but the un-linked ones may take a bit of digging to find. Apologies for the delay!
- Introduction to Yarn Labels – How to read yarn labels, what info can be found on them, plus a comparison between labels produced for the European market and some standard American examples.
- Translating Between Knitting in the Round and Knitting Flat
- Graphing Knitting Patterns – An eight-part series explaining how to take written, prose instructions and turn them into standard notation knitting charts, with the side benefit of understanding how charts work, and how to knit from them. Covers the dreaded grey boxes (the stitches that aren’t there), variable stitch counts, working in the round vs. working flat, and graphing complex lace patterns. The MS Visio stencils used to create this series are available below.
- Charting with Visio – Created for those who want to use Microsoft Visio to chart knitting patterns, this offering includes free MS Visio stencils for common knitting symbols, and is a companion to the Graphing Knitting Patterns series for those who want to use MS Visio to create their own charts.
- Charting with GIMP – While this eight-part tutorial was created to for those interested in graphing line unit patterns for linear embroidery styles (double running, backstitch, etc.) it’s also of use to those who want to use GIMP – an open source/free graphics platform – to chart block unit graphs for cross stitch, needlepoint, lacis, filet crochet (or filet knitting), or colorwork knitting. GIMP 108 includes pre-built templates for linear and block unit patterns.
- Double Running Stitch Logic – Double running (aka Holbein Stitch, Spanish Stitch) can be daunting, especially on complex designs because it is worked in two passes. This three-part series attempts to explain the “main road plus detours” system I use, and includes how to parse patterns to determine whether or not they can be worked totally double-sided, and how to key working areas off previously done and proofed areas, to minimize errors.
- Long Lost Twins – Embroidery Motifs Duplicated among Museum Collections