A miscellany of suggestions. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.