Arr: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

A little late for Talk Like a Pirate Day, here is an encoding of Arr. There’s been a gradual increase in the number of geeky Internet holidays, and so I thought I’d make stitch patterns for a bunch of them (secret code being geeky in itself). Admittedly, I’m not personally fond of Talk Like a Pirate Day, but it is one of the older such holidays, and well known. It wouldn’t seem fair to exclude it. (Anyway, I like the lace that came out of it.)

I saw a stitch pattern on Pinterest that had a plain row of elongated stitches in the midst of lace. Since the first row of this chart doesn’t have any yarnovers, I decided to try it, but didn’t really care for the effect in this design. I’ve left it in the swatch that’s the featured photo to show what it looks like. I knit several plain rows, then knit the first stitch pattern repeat with elongated stitches in the first row. Then I knit two more plain repeats.

I think this might qualify as a feather and fan variant. (If you wanted to knit row 2 instead of purl, that would increase the resemblance.)

Arr: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Arr! a free lace knitting stitch pattern(Click to enlarge.)

Stitch pattern is a multiple of 12+1 stitches and 8 rows.


  • 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.
  • Arr is a multiple of 12+13 stitches and 8 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this stitch in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • DSD: ssk, slip decreased stitch back to left needle, pass next stitch over, slip finished stitch to right needle.
  • p: purl.
  • sk2p: slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit the next 2 stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over.
  • CDD: slip the next 2 stitches as if to knit 2 together, knit the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the third.
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning decrease)
  • yo: yarn over.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 and all other even rows: purl.
Row 3: Ssk, *yo, DSD, (yo, k1) x 3, yo, sk2p, yo, CDD ; work from *, yo, DSD, (yo, k1) x 3, yo, sk2p, yo, k2tog.
Row 5: K1, *k1, yo, CDD, yo, k3, yo, CDD, yo, k2 ; work from *, k1, yo, CDD, yo, k3, yo, CDD, yo, k2.
Row 7: K1, *ssk, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, k2tog, k1 ; work from *, ssk, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, k2tog, k1.