Saturday, September 6, 2008


I have been doing swatches to illustrated my index of knitting stitches for almost two years. Up until the first 1000 stitch patterns had been illustrated, I admit, the selection of a stitch to work was biased toward the easy patterns just to pump up the numbers.

Now that I have a passed the 1000 milestone and now that I have a firm grasp on the ‘50% of documented patterns are illustrated’ milestone, I have adopted a different attitude toward picking patterns to swatch. I want to focus on working the the biggest, most difficult stitches first. And being the database wonk I created a database view to help me. The algorithm is very simple: list the stitches in descending order by the product of the (number of stitches) x (number of rows). One side effect of this is that the number of illustrated stitches does not increase as fast. The other side effect is that more ‘high quality’ stitches are swatched.


  1. Sounds like lots of work! Love the site, all the patterns are definitely useful and easy to look through all of them which is nice :).

  2. Wish I could find an afghan stitch that I have been searching for a couple of years now. Thought I had it cracked and now I cannot make head or tails of my notes. Joined earlier today and no luck, so far.Any suggestions of how to look for it, or where else I might find it?
    Thanks, May Bingham

  3. May,
    When you use the term “afghan stitch” it makes me wonder if you are referring to a Tunisian knitting technique. If you do a Google search on ”Tunisian stitch” you can find quite a few sites that have info about that stitch.

    Aside from that if you have more description in your notes, I could try some forensic knitting to try to figure something out.

    Thank you and happy knitting,
    Elaine Lyons