Charting knits using Mac Numbers 2

From 2012, Numbers 3.2.2: printing graph paper to desired cell dimensions: I chose to change preference for rulers to point units (options are for centimeters, inches, and points). Online conversion between units of measurement and PostScript points may be calculated (if needed) using calculators ie. http://www.unitconversion.org/unit_converter/typography.html default cell size in cm and points Click on the table icon … Continue reading Charting knits using Mac Numbers 2

Gimp 4, pattern fill, dithered portraits, and more.

The latest version of Gimp for Mac includes many small changes which come with no announcements and take a bit of sorting out to recognize or problem-solve. There are good collections of Youtube videos intended for use on much larger files, with fewer color restrictions than images used for knitting. A dock is a container … Continue reading Gimp 4, pattern fill, dithered portraits, and more.

DAK lace module 2, template use, other software

I am taking a break from lace, the two posts so far on using the module reflect my own experiences outside the program’s environment. The latter will continue to be the focus of my future posts when exploring the use of the software, with testing specifically aimed at adapting or using any of the Stitch … Continue reading DAK lace module 2, template use, other software

Gimp update for Mac 2

The latest Gimp update 2023: Threshold in version 2.10.34 is now disabled by default. To activate it or to add other tools ie curves to the tool menu, go to Gimp, Settings, and select Toolbox. In the Tools Configuration Window,  active tools have a common icon to their left, new ones may be selected and … Continue reading Gimp update for Mac 2

Visualizing maze or mosaic potential from tuck or slip stitch repeats

I have written extensively on mosaics and mazes, color separations required for drawing their motifs, and visualizing the resulting patterns while planning slip stitch or tuck repeats. A recent exchange with a knitting friend, Tanya Cunningham, brought up her idea of using Gimp to investigate the potential of self-drawn tuck patterns becoming pleasing mazes or … Continue reading Visualizing maze or mosaic potential from tuck or slip stitch repeats

The start of a blog index

WORK IN PROGRESS BUTTONHOLES: also see SEAMING, JOINING, FINISHING Long vertical button holes/ slits in knit fabric 1: intarsia 10/22 More “buttonholes” and slits 10/22 Single bed slits aka horizontal “button holes” 11/16 “Buttonholes” and “make many – increase” “lace” 5/15 hand-knit CABLE STITCHES A return to plaiting and double bed hand transfers 5/23 Using … Continue reading The start of a blog index

Beginner’s corner

WORK IN PROGRESS Copyright can be a touchy, sometimes murky subject. In my teaching days at a design school, each instructor was responsible for accumulating what amounted to a “textbook” with any expected readings and required information for students attending the classes. There was an arrangement with a single copy center that actually paid a … Continue reading Beginner’s corner

Casting on, binding off single bed

There are many ways of casting on and binding off both single and double-bed.  Ultimately, if it is important to have the top and bottom of the piece match as closely as possible in finishing, the only way to achieve that is to start with waste knitting and a long enough yarn end (wrap around … Continue reading Casting on, binding off single bed

Matching patterns across sweater body and sleeves

There is a resurgence of circular yokes on the runways and market at the moment. My previous post discussed some of the considerations in knitting them. For those not up to working that particular way, there are variations in carrying the patterns around the body in continuous lines. If raglan shaping is used, angular lines … Continue reading Matching patterns across sweater body and sleeves