KIP (knit in public): a free lace knitting stitch

Last year, I made a colorwork chart for World Wide Knit in Public Day; this year I made a lace design. These are part of my series of stitch patterns I’m making for what I call “geek holidays” (which obviously includes knitting, to my mind).

KIP: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

KIP lace.png


  • 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.
  • KIP is a multiple of 12+12 stitches and 24 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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  • 1/1 RC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • p: purl.
  • 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): k3, ssk, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k6, ssk, yo, rep from *, 1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k3.
Row 2 (WS): purl.
Row 3: yo, k2, k2tog, k2, *k2, ssk, k2, yo x 2, k2, k2tog, k2, rep from *, k2, ssk, k2, yo.
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: k2, k2tog, k1, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1, yo, rep from *, 1/1 RC, yo, k1, ssk, k2.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: k1, k2tog, yo, k3, *k3, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, rep from *, k3, yo, ssk, k1.
Row 8: purl.
Row 9: k1, ssk, k1, yo, k2, *k2, yo, k1, k2tog, k2, ssk, k1, yo, k2, rep from *, k2, yo, k1, k2tog, k1.
Row 10: purl.
Row 11: k2tog, yo, k4, *k4, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k4, rep from *, k4, yo, ssk.
Row 12: purl.
Row 13: k1, yo, k2tog, k3, *k3, ssk, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k3, rep from *, k3, ssk, yo, k1.
Row 14: purl.
Row 15: k2, ssk, k2, *yo x 2, k2, k2tog, k4, ssk, k2, rep from *, yo x 2, k2, k2tog, k2.
Row 16: p6, k1, *p11, k1, rep from *, p5.
Row 17: k1, yo, k1, ssk, k2, *k2, k2tog, k1, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, k1, ssk, k2, rep from *, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1.
Row 18: purl.
Row 19: k3, yo, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, k1, rep from *, k1, k2tog, yo, k3.
Row 20: purl.
Row 21: k2, yo, k1, k2tog, k1, *k1, ssk, k1, yo, k4, yo, k1, k2tog, k1, rep from *, k1, ssk, k1, yo, k2.
Row 22: purl.
Row 23: k4, yo, ssk, *k2tog, yo, k8, yo, ssk, rep from *, k2tog, yo, k4.
Row 24: purl.