Tips and tricks

A miscellany of suggestions. Enjoy!

Enter knitspeak successfully

If you’ve tried to create a stitch map, you may have run into some hiccups when entering the knitspeak for the stitch pattern. Here are some tips for keeping those hiccups to a minimum:

  • Read the knitspeak guide. It explains the particular dialect of knitspeak that’s accepted here at – 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.

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  • 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.

  • Use baby steps when entering a “problem” stitch pattern. Enter the instructions for rows 1 and 2, then click “Go for it!” That’ll display a portion of the stitch pattern. Then click “Edit” for a chance to add in rows 3 and 4. Continue adding in rows bit by bit, fixing any typos as you go.

Tag your patterns

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.

Use the Description field

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.

Within a stitch pattern’s description, feel free to use Markdown syntax to create formatted text. If you have JavaScript enabled in your browser, a toolbar of convenience buttons makes this easy. For example, select some text and click the button to make the text bold, or click the button to insert a hyperlink. Click the button to see a preview of your formatted description.

Even if you don’t see a toolbar of convenience buttons, you can use Markdown syntax like the following:

  • Use **two asterisks** to make text bold.
  • Use _a single underscore_ to italicize.
  • Create hyperlinks by surrounding link text with brackets and following the link text with a URL in parenthesis – for example, [stitch maps]( creates the hyperlink stitch maps.

See the Markdown documentation for more options.

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A fresh take on charts

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.