Learning from Stitch Maps

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

Twisted Decreases

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.

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Of course, this all goes to show that knitters are inventive, resourceful, creative people. But we all knew that, didn’t we?

If you want to keep up with the creativity at Stitch-Maps.com, join our Ravelry group or like our Facebook page.  




Charlotte Hat Almost Knits Itself

Charlotte Hat knitting pattern by Edie Eckman
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Edie Eckman Knit Charlotte Hat

What makes all other work come to a screeching halt? The long-awaited delivery of Japanese designer Hitomi Shida’s Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible.*

This stitch dictionary had been on my pre-order list for many months, and when it came in the mail I did a loud SQUEE! (yes, out loud) and maybe a happy dance. Then I sat myself right down and started swatching.

The Charlotte Hat

Edie Eckman Charlotte Hat knit crown

My very first swatch became a design, the Charlotte Hat for women. My enthusiastic test knitters** got their hats knit in record time. One knitter said, “This hat’s a winner!”

The stitch pattern is a combination of ripples, lace and garter stitch which is easy to set up and memorize. The crown shaping maintains the pattern to create an 8-pointed star. It’s written for worsted-weight yarn knit in the round on 16″  [40 cm] circular and double-pointed needles, but of course you can use Magic Loop or the two-circular method of knitting in the round if you prefer. Both text and charted instructions are included.

I used Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 in #8010 Natural for one version and Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun Worsted in N85W Peruvian Pink for another.

Edie Eckman Charlotte Hat knitNewer knitters looking for a little challenge or more experienced knitters looking for interesting-but-not-difficult, this one’s for you.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to my knitting. There are more exquisite stitch patterns to explore.

The Inspiration

Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible

For more beautiful stitch patterns, check out the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible by Hitomi Shida, translated by Gayle Roehm..

For more fun with knit ripple patterns, take my new Reimagining Ripples class at Stitches West 2018.


*Watch for more on this book in the next couple of weeks.

**Thanks to Jan, Ruth, Mary, Ruth, Penny, Robin and Beverly.