Cameo Flower: Alternate Charts

Today we have another in a series of occasional guest posts from JC Briar, developer of the Stitch Maps charting solution.


Let’s get something straight right up front. I don’t mind “no stitch” symbols, at least when they’re used appropriately. I get that sometimes they’re needed in grid-based charts to show where the stitch count changes.

But, the charts for Cameo Flower have a lot of “no stitch” symbols, don’t they? So many “no stitch” symbols, in fact, that they make it a little hard to see what’s going on in the pattern. Take the Filigree chart, for example.

filigree

Although the designer placed these “no stitch” symbols to help the knitter see how the pattern lines up, they create other questions: for example, where, exactly, does the stitch count change? And should the double decreases on row 9 really be directional sssk and k3tog decreases, considering that all the other double decreases in the chart are centered CDD decreases?

Instead of tripping over “no stitch” symbols, let’s try examining the pattern as a stitch map.

filigree-stitchMap

With column guides enabled, the motifs pop into view. Smooth lines of k2tog lean to the right, and lines of ssk lean left, joining together to create peaks. The directional double decreases of row 9 blend perfectly with existing decrease lines, and the centered double decreases on rows 13 and 15 cap off little trios of stitches. I especially like being able to see how everything comes together in the center of the stitch pattern.

filigree-detail

Such lovely symmetry! A conventional chart with “no stitch” symbols does obscure this.

Seeing this symmetry, seeing how the decrease lines come together, is super useful to me as I’m knitting: if I don’t see the correct stitches being joined by a decrease, I know I’ve goofed and it’s time to tink back. But the point is that I’ve caught the goof early, when tinking back is still a reasonable option. And that’s part of why I love stitch maps. By getting rid of the grid and “no stitch” symbols, they make it easier to see what’s supposed to happen in a lace pattern. And being able to see the target makes it easier to hit, right?

Want more? Check out the stitch maps for Carving Flowers, and for Cameo Flower’s border as a whole.

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3 thoughts on “Cameo Flower: Alternate Charts

  1. Sarah

    What is the best use of the stitch maps? Are they just a visual aid like a schematic or can you knit from them like a chart? They are beautiful and would make great art.

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