Do y’all remember Dicey Knitting? It is the knitting technique I developed several years ago, where for each stitch or each row, you roll the dice and then do what the dice tells you to do.
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This is what the set looked like:
And this is one example of the wild and wacky textures you can create (created with my hand-lettered proto-type set):
If this is something you would like me to bring back in time for the holidays, let me know. A long-time customer (Hi, Pat!) just inquired about making them, so I figured I should ask around and see if others would be interested.
Some of you may ask “Why knit this way?” – This is a great tool for learning several types of increases and decreases, and it forces the knitter to let go the need to always be “in control” — you roll the Ivory dice first — it will tell you to knit or purl or increase or decrease or make a cable, and then you roll the increase or decrease or cable cube to find out what TYPE of those stitches, and then roll the pip cube (the normal one with dots on it) to find out how many of those stitches to do. And when you’ve done them across the row you purl back on the next row. On the third row you do the reverse of what you did in the first row, and restore the original stitch count … OR you can just start rolling again to do something different.
Also, if you just accidentally happen to find a really cute stitch sequence, you can simply repeat it for your own overall repetitive stitch pattern. Knitters can use this method to get over a “designer’s block” and discover some new thing they may not have thought of. Several people bought sets for all the members of their local knitting group and made a game out of it — one person rolling the dice and everyone knitting the rolled sequence on their own needles and yarns.
So, if this is something you’d like me to bring back, please let me know, and I’ll see about getting a good deal on bulk quantities of blank cubes. They DO take a while to print, as they are individually hand printed and I have to let one side of a cube fully dry before I can pick it up to print another side. Just 15-20 sets takes nearly all day of start and stop printing.
Anyway, comment down below if you’d like something like this for stocking stuffers at the holidays.
edit: For all y’all new visitors, I’ve just posted update info on how this is progressing. Thank you for your interest.