Guest Blogger JC Briar tells us what she has learned from Stitch Maps. I’ve raved about Stitch Maps before, so I’m thrilled to hear from JC. Don’t forget to click on the links to explore more of the awesomeness that is Stitch Maps.
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You may have heard this old story: For years I drew stitch maps by hand, whenever I needed to truly understand a stitch pattern. And to share these amazing visualization tools with other knitters, I created Stitch-Maps.com.
Here’s the new story you may not have heard: What have I learned from creating the website? What have other knitters taught me?
Quite a lot, as it turns out.
You can add beads to your knitting in three main ways: by pre-stringing the beads, by placing beads on stitches before working the stitches, or by placing beads on stitches after working the stitches. And within each of those categories, you have more options for how the stitches are actually worked. So many choices!
If you care – if you really, really want to – you can create twisted decreases of all sorts. Some of these decreases require some pretty funky needle gymnastics. But the resulting stitch patterns? Stunning.
Bunny Ears Decreases
Bunny ears decreases! Symmetrical decreases that reduce three stitches to two. Who knew they existed? I didn’t, until other stitch mappers alerted me! Now the site features several patterns with bunny ears decreases, many of which are refinements of other patterns.
Of course, this all goes to show that knitters are inventive, resourceful, creative people. But we all knew that, didn’t we?