new secret code lace: Eclipse

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Well, Rebecca on Patreon suggested that I should encode Eclipse, and it came up in a random choice as this month’s word. I really like the end result. It’s actually my second try. I couldn’t make the first one work out – I tried making an edging and kept ending up with four sections that didn’t hang together stylistically.

I did the numbers for this one in base eight, just for a change.

knitted sample of Eclipse lace

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  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. It is not a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • Eclipse is a multiple of 12 stitches and 14 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this stitch in your patterns.
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  • 1/1 LC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at front of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • 1/1 RC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • DSD: double slip decrease; ssk, slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle, pass the next stitch over, then slip the result. (Right-leaning double decrease. Substitute knit 3 together if desired; they are similar but don’t look quite the same.)
  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • p: purl.
  • sk2p: slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over. (Left-leaning double decrease.)
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning decrease)
  • yo: yarnover.

Row 1 (RS): *k4, ssk, yo x 2, k2tog, k4; work from *. (12 sts)
Row 2 (WS): *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *.
Row 3: *yo, ssk, k1, cdd, yo x 4, cdd, k1, k2tog, yo; work from *.
Row 4: *p4, (k1, p1) x 2 in quadruple yo, p3, k1; work from *.
Row 5: *k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k2; work from *.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: *DSD, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, yo, k1, yo, sk2p; work from *.
Row 8: *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *.
Row 9: *yo, sk2p, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, DSD, yo; work from *.
Row 10: *(p3, k1) x 3; work from *.
Row 11: *k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk; work from *.
Row 12: *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1; work from *.
Row 13: *Ssk, yo, k1, 1/1 LC, k2, 1/1 RC, k1, yo, k2tog; work from *.
Row 14: purl.

Here is a printable PDF of the Eclipse stitch map. It should print well when “fit to page” is chosen. Here is the page for it at the Stitch Maps website.

Leaving this note here for historical reasons and because of the chart, but in the end, I ended up going with DSD, short for Double Slip Decrease.

Note: I made up the abbreviation of ss-sl2tog back-k3tog, as I haven’t encountered instructions for it before (I need to do some more research). If you recognize the decrease and know a more standard name for it, please comment!

Expanded, it means to slip each of the next two stitches knitwise, slip them back to the left needle as if knitting them together (this changes their order), then knit three stitches together. The leftmost stitch will be in front, the rightmost stitch will be next, and the middle stitch will be in back. There’s more detailed instructions on this page. (And here’s for combination knitters.) It produces an exact mirror of sl 1-k2tog-psso. Many people use k3tog as a mirror, but I find that unsatisfactory as it really doesn’t produce a mirrored result. The stitches are in the wrong order and they don’t lie flat.

Next up: a grid for use with stranded knitting or anything else that’s charted on a grid. The red outline shows the pattern repeat.

Free chart based on the word Eclipse for use in any craft. The red outline shows the pattern repeat.Free chart based on the word Eclipse, for any craft that uses a gridded layout.

I played with the colors in the right-hand one just a bit to show the sorts of things you might try doing.

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