Étude no. 2 – Stepping Stones (free stitch pattern)

Cool..different ideas/concept

String Geekery

Here is another in my series of posts about design exercises. I’ve been noticing a little arrow motif popping up in my secret code charts:

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It intrigued me. I happened to notice it yet again in a grid, this time with rotational symmetry and with a couple of extra squares:

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Nifty! I thought. I’ve been wanting to stretch myself with designing asymmetrical patterns (that would admittedly have translational symmetry when repeated). Even though the little chart above has rotational symmetry, I knew that by the time I was done with it, that would be gone. (This is a future étude for me, I think: to design lace with vertical mirror symmetry or rotational symmetry.)

So, I plugged in the yarn overs in my usual way, and added wrong side rest rows with purls where necessary. Then I guessed where to put the decreases. My draft chart follows, from before I’d…

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