Including (but not limited to) Spirograph, Velocipede's Cycloidal Scribbling-Engine, fractals, atmospheric optics, letterpress, printmaking, fruits and vegetables I have known, and sundry shiny & diverse objects.
By now I’ve knitted a couple of fairly plausible doilies. It pleases me to discover that many doily patterns fall into a category I think of as Cheap Tricks: things that aren’t terribly difficult, but end up giving impressive results. For lots of them, all you need to know are a few kinds of decreases, and basic yarn-overs. Even the more unusual stuff, like knitting a bunch of stitches into one stitch, or the corresponding decreases where you put five or seven stitches together, aren’t so bad once you’ve done them a couple of times.
It’s also got me thinking about radial symmetry, and how universally appealing it is. Which makes me want to get out the Scribbling-Engine, except I know I’d only get frustrated because I’d never have enough uninterrupted time to concentrate on it properly.
Knitting a tiny little coaster-sized doily, though, that I can manage.
mudjam said: what's that beaded mesh pattern you posted?? i needs it
The basic pattern is pretty simple: p2tog, YO. Sometimes called “purse stitch” I think. A place called Swallow Hill Creations will sell you a kit with beads, rayon yarn, and a booklet with a proper pattern and some tips on handling the beads; possibly the pattern is also available as a separate thing.