Tag Archives: Kate Atherley

“Customising the Written Instructions” – a guest post by Kate Atherley

One of my absolute favourite features of Stitchmastery is the ability to generate written instructions for charts. After all, not every knitter likes working from charts, and it’s good for a designer to provide the option of working another way. Every designer has their own style sheet, their own format for instructions, things like whetherContinue Reading

“Grading + Pattern Repeats” – a guest post by Kate Atherley

This lesson is little different than some of the others I’ve written: this one is designed to share a little less about how I use Stitchmastery and provide more of an insight into the design process itself. A problem that designers often struggle with – and one that you may well have encountered yourself withContinue Reading

Stitchmastery is 7 – tips and tricks for getting started knitting stranded colourwork

We’re enjoying seeing some progress on our knit-along (if you’re new to the blog, see our Stitchmastery is 7; Anniversary Mittens KAL and design-along! post for full information) and we’re delighted to hear that some intrepid knitters are considering trying stranded colourwork for the first time. We thought it might be helpful to point youContinue Reading

“On Short Rows” – a guest post by Kate Atherley

Short rows are an incredibly useful technique in knitting. They’re used to create curves, change stripes, turn corners and add bust shaping. Although simple in principle, they add a fair degree of complication to pattern instructions, and can be a particular challenge when building them into charted patterns. Stichmastery makes the key element of dealingContinue Reading

“On Untidy Row Repeats” – guest blog by Kate Atherley

In my last column, I talked about finding stitch repeats to collapse large charts.  In that situation, there was only one basic pattern motif being worked, and so there was a straightforward solution for reducing the charts. If you have more than one distinct motif, it can get a bit more challenging. I recently designedContinue Reading

“Getting Bigger” – guest post by Kate Atherley

My last couple of columns have been all about dealing with repeats. In this column, I want to talk about finding them, to make your life much easier. A designer posted a terrific question in the Stitchmastery Ravelry forum, about how to create the chart for a triangular shawl. She said that it was takingContinue Reading

“Moving the Goalposts Part 2” – guest post by Kate Atherley

In my last column I talked about repeats with shifting borders. In this one, I want to focus on a very special case of that situation – repeats worked in the round where they cross over the start of the round. I love designing socks with all-over cables. And in particular it pleases me immenselyContinue Reading

“Moving the Goalposts” – guest post by Kate Atherley

Not all repeats are tidy. I love complicated cable patterns that create all-over cabled fabrics, but there can be some “jiggery pokery” required at the edges of the repeats, to create a seamless effect. For example, look at this cable pattern, taken from Barbara Walker’s book of Charted Knitting Patterns (the yellow one!). Across 28Continue Reading

“There’s Nothing There!” – guest post by Kate Atherley

Stitch patterns with changing stitch counts are probably the most challenging to chart. Stitchmastery offers a flexible tool for handling non-existing stitches: there’s a choice of two symbols (found in the Basic Stitches drawer) – three, really, in that you can actually just have them not there at all. When representing these, there are aContinue Reading

“The Other Side” – guest post by Kate Atherley

A common question when creating charts for complex lace patterns is what to do about the Wrong Side rows. This gets particularly pressing if the chart is worked mostly in garter stitch, as you’re working the same stitches on both sides… so is there a way to simplify the charts to use the same symbolContinue Reading