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.)
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.
2 thoughts on “Arr: a free lace knitting stitch pattern”
Ooh arr, that’s pretty!
Yarrr (my variant of “arr” that stuck in my text vocabulary since the very first TLaP day all those years ago), it’s a beaut, all right! If I ever pick up my sampler again, that one is definitely going in there! ^_^
. o O (And I agree with you, I’m not impressed by the elongated stitches there either)