Saturday, October 3, 2009

Snowflake Knitting Charts

As a child, I loved cutting pieces of paper into snowflakes and hanging them on my windows. I looked for free snowflake charts to use in my knitting projects which were beautiful. But every snowflake is an individual, so I had to try making some of my own. Enjoy!

17x23

36x41

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13 comments:

  1. Thanks.
    I like snowflake patterns.

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  2. Call me a stickler but snowflakes have 6-fold symmetry. This last one can't exist in nature!

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  3. Okay... try making six fold symmetry dealing with a grid that only has 4 fold symmetry.... ;)

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  4. These are lovely! I've just knitted my first christmas stocking, plain, and was looking for a snowflake pattern to embroider over the stocking stitch. These are lovely and you've even managed a six-arm one! My son will love them on his stocking.

    Ellie

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  5. I found this on rav. and it's a shame folks dont link their charts as often as their patterns. If I use your chart, I promise to link it as a chart individually. This is ust too pretty to be in only one project!

    Haha, what would you do if someone stopped you to say that your snowflakes weren't symetrical? You know, every snowflake is different...looks like we need more charts.

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  6. I am looking for a pattern or a really small snowflake like 1 inch by 1 inch, any idea where I can get/buy one. Thanks

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  7. Well the size of the snowflake depends on the weight of yarn and needle size that you are using. It is possible that the first snowflake on this page could become those dimensions depending on your gauge.... sorry that I can't be more help.

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  8. Keith-

    It's pretty, okay. Now would you like to design such a nice pattern, or can you deal with it and be quiet? It probably took hours to make even without six-fold symmetry. Do you want to do that, becuase I'm guessing that you don't.

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    1. One of these snowflakes has been incorporated into the Christmas Stocking hanging on our wall, so Keith has to look at it every day during holiday season ;) (Keith is my husband, and he likes to give me a hard time every once in a while.)

      Keith is starting to help with the design of knitting charts. (We are making custom Christmas stocking designs for friends and family.) I'll come up with something tricky for him to do ;)

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  9. Keith is a stickler, Keith is a stickler, Keith is a stickler!

    Hey, he said to call him a stickler! I'm just doing what he said to do!

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    1. yikes. I was just teasing my wife. I agree that they're pretty!

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  10. DOES ANYONE HAVE THE DIRECTIONS FOR THE SNOWFLAKE CAHRTS PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU DO THANKS AS IM NEW TO KNITTIG
    AND ON THE SNOWFLAKE CHARTS I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO ON EACH ROW PLEASE HELP THANKS also does anyone have the alphabet and numbers with charts plus the wriiten out instructions if you do i will pay you as noone has written instructions just the cahrts i would like the charts plus the written out instructions for them also thanks please email me

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    1. Congrats on starting to knit! A big reason why I don't provide written instructions for my charts is that I want my readers to be able to insert the design into any project of their choosing.

      Charts have many uses in knitting. You can have charts that define stitches (knit, purl, cables etc) or charts that define the color of yarn you use for each particular knit stitch. In the case of these snowflake charts, I've used them in two ways: 1) having each color represent a K/P stitch on the right side of the fabric AND 2) having the blue stitches represent blue stitches on a white knit background. Although this may sound complicated, charts can be much easier to follow as you get a spacial representation of stitches rather than just following text.

      Most knitting charts are read from the bottom up, right to left for the RS (right side) of your knitting and left to right on the WS (wrong side). (These charts happen to by symmetrical so the direction that you need to read the chart isn't as apparent as for an asymmetric pattern.) For example, if I was just knitting the small snowflake as shown with colors (17 stitches total), the first row I would K8 white, K1 blue, K8 white. R2: P 7 white, P1 blue, P1 white, P1 blue, P7 white. If I was doing a K/P snowflake, for Row 1: K8, P1, K8; Row 2: P7, K1, P1, K1, P7.

      I may try to do a better chart reading tutorial in the future, but I hope that this helped you a bit.

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      I also feel I need to mention the following in case anyone has translated any of my patterns for their own purposes.

      I do NOT give permission for my patterns to be re-published on any other website or to be distributed in any other manner. I appreciate the effort that translating a chart can take, and understand that others would find these instructions useful. I would be happy to publish your written instructions on ChemKnits (giving you credit.) Please contact me via email to discuss this further.

      I am able to offer the majority of my patterns for free because of the ad revenue visitors to ChemKnits generate. Allowing instructions for one of my most popular designs to be hosted elsewhere would cost me money.

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