Posted 11 Sep 2014 by JC
Over on Ravelry, we’ve been discussing the symbols that Stitch-Maps.com ought to draw, when presented with a variety of bead and bobble abbreviations. The bead stuff isn’t quite sorted out yet – join the conversation if you want your thoughts heard! – but it seems we’ve reached a consensus with the bobbles. So, without further ado, please welcome the newest symbols to take up residence at Stitch-Maps.com:
- MK = Make knot: (K1, yo, k1, yo, k1) in next st; pass 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th sts over first st and off right needle.
- MB = Make bobble: (K1, yo, k1, yo, k1) in next st, turn; p5, turn; k2tog, k1, ssk, turn; p3, turn; sl2-k1-p2sso.
Of course, there are umpteen ways of working a knot or bobble. Above, I’ve described my favorite ways of working them. If you have a different favorite, go ahead and use it when knitting from a stitch map! (It’s kind of like cable crosses. If you prefer working them without a cable needle, go ahead!) Or, when editing a stitch map, you can describe your favorite bobble method in the stitch map’s “Description” area.
Want some sample patterns? Sure you do! Here’s Irish Knot:
And Garden Path:
While adding MK and MB to the site, I took the opportunity to add a couple other symbols too:
- Drop st = Drop next st off left needle and allow to unravel.
- Dip st = Insert right needle under strand of yarn floating on RS of fabric, created by slipping sts on a prior row. K1 on RS or p1 on WS, bringing new st through old st and under floating strand.
Dips can lead to “quilted” fabrics:
Okay, I admit, this last stitch map isn’t all that interesting. I’d hunt down a more compelling sample pattern, but I should probably get back to beads, don’t you think?