On each of the pages for browsing on this site – through all the patterns, through all the collections, or through the patterns of a particular collection – a “Search options” box lets narrow your view and find particular patterns or collections. Most of the search options are self-explanatory, but a couple deserve special mention.
When searching by tags:
When searching by knitspeak snippets:
See this news article for more examples.
Read the knitspeak guide. It explains the particular dialect of knitspeak that’s accepted here at Stitch-Maps.com – for example, how to specify a row’s repeated portion.
Review examples of proper knitspeak. Visit the detail page for any stitch pattern in the collection. Find the “Written instructions” link under the stitch map. Click that link, and you’ll see the knitspeak for that stitch pattern.
Use the convenience buttons. On the Contribute page, buttons above the “Written instructions” text entry box make it easy to enter “boilerplate” knitspeak. Buttons below the box make it easy to enter the abbreviation for any symbol.
Start small. Enter a relatively simple stitch pattern on your first attempt. Gradually enter larger and more complex patterns as you become familiar with our dialect of knitspeak.
When you contribute a pattern, give it descriptive tags. Then you’ll be able to search for similar patterns on the Browse page by selecting one or more tags. Examples of good tags include “edging,” “wavy,” and “Estonian.” Not-so-good tags are those that echo the name of a pattern, since the Browse page already lets you search by pattern name.
A stitch pattern’s Description field is your chance to enter special notes. Say where you found the stitch pattern or its inspiration. Explain unusual stitch maneuvers. Suggest uses for the stitch pattern.
Even if you don’t see a toolbar of convenience buttons, you can use Markdown syntax like the following:
See the Markdown documentation for more options.
Stitch maps are a new form of knitting chart that use traditional symbols in a novel way: without a grid.
The symbols within a stitch map clearly show what stitches to work. And – not being confined within grid squares – they also show which stitches of the previous row should be worked.
The end result? Charts with unparalleled fluidity, authenticity, and beauty.