I have grown fond of playing with ArahPaint’s functions: guess weave from grid, and drawing in repeat, and am constantly amused by the speed with which most design repeats and color separations can now be drafted when compared to the very first efforts in the days of anyone trying to use Excel spreadsheets to accomplish the same tasks.
Drafts designed for handweaving provide endless inspiration for knit design.
In conjunction with ArahPaint, Gimp remains a frequent go-to as well, along with Numbers for Mac for when spreadsheet tables meet charting or design needs.
The programs are free, there is no need to purchase expensive design programs in order to develop DIY motifs.
Developing tiled repeats suitable for multiple stitch types, including tuck , offered some repeats that began with geometric blocks built with squares, rectangles, and lines, some of which are suitable for punchcard knitting.
Many are included here again to serve as a cumulative collection of possible springboards for use as is or for developing more personal variations.
A reminder: the pngs below were saved as indexed, B/W files.
When downloaded, they may be converted automatically to RGB mode.
Prior to downloading any to machines, check their image mode, and if it is RGB, convert it back to B/W indexed. The pixel dimensions text for designs suitable for punchcard machines are highlighted in a different color.
More repeats are available in the post on Working with diagonal patterning in machine knitting
Larger pngs may be subdivided to change their appearance or alignment of specified numbers of cells.
To begin with, cells may be filled in any color, with mode and color changes to indexed BW if for electronic download
8X8 punchcard full repeat its png12X12
visualized drawn in repeat X12 and modified using drawing X12 in random repeat for use in electronic machines introducing dotted squares, another 12X12 19X1918X18, shown tiled X 9 in both width and height and modified using random A Ravelry query prompted these designs
The present series:
35X35 68X68 A visit to a quilting blog led to these explorations, beginning with a 20X20 repeat, rotated in 4 directions to be combined in new 40X40 repeats for different movements. A first simple 40X40 grouping tiled X5 in width and height, also color reversed to visualize the result with the potential exchange of the yarn positions in the color-changing sequences Dividing the repeat in half, color inverting the 20X20 segment on the right, combining it with the left half And with color inverted quarter segments In the following designs, the meeting points are slightly offset. and lastly, aiming for more of a diagonal Varying shapes
12X12 drawn in repeat X13 26X26 drawn in repeat X6 with color inverted quarters drawn in repeat X6 16X16drawn in repeat X10 drawn in repeat selecting random 24X24
Developing related series, stop or continue, choose a preferred design anywhere along the way
47X47 94X94 with segment rotations drawn in repeat X2 a few rows and columns removed, 43X43 86X86
a series beginning with 68X64 pixels A purposeful effort to create outlines, 22X24 55X59 Alternating outline colors, 50X72
Using pixelated lines to break up blocks
8X28 16X16 drawn in repeat X10 14X14drawn in repeat X11 24X2424X24 with quarter-turned segments
drawn in repeat X7
24X47 cropped to 24X40, for different symmetry Developing repeats evocative of samplers
48X48 64X64 An electronic repeat with shifting angles, 32X32 magnified 2X2 for a better view Color inverted quarter segments composing a slightly glitched pattern evocative of tartans, 128X128 112X112
Tiny details, large repeat, 48X98 34X140 74X74 The start of a different potential family, 93X32 Introducing circles or parts of them to the library, 19X20 tiledX10 random variations 36X40