# Wish: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

I’ve started being able to post another knitting stitch pattern each month, thanks to my Patreon supporters. For this mid-month post, I used a random number generator to pick a word out of what I call my *word hoard*: the list of words that supporters past and present have suggested for me to encode as knitting stitches. This month’s word for the middle of the month is *Wish*, suggested by Nim.

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. A random number generator helps me choose the word of the month, and then I get to work, first turning the letters into numbers, then charting the numbers onto grids in various ways. Finally, when I make the chart into lace, I turn the marked squares into yarnovers and work out where to place the corresponding decreases. (I usually make lace; occasionally I make cables instead.) I also make a chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing; this goes in a separate post.

### Notes:

- This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. This is not a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
*Wish*is a multiple of 16 + 1 stitches and 16 rows.- I’ve made a stitch map for it.
- Designers, please feel free to use it in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
- If you like my posts like this, please consider supporting me on Patreon or donating with my Paypal tip jar in the sidebar. Thanks!

### Abbreviations:

- cdd: centered double decrease: slip the next 2 stitches as if to knit 2 together, knit the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the third.
- 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): *p1, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, p1, k3, yo, ssk, k2; work from *, p1.

Row 2 and all WS rows: k1, *(p7, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 3: *(p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k1 tbl, yo, ssk, k1) x 2; work from *, p1.

Row 5: *(p1, k2tog, yo, k1 tbl, k1, k1 tbl, yo, ssk) x 2; work from *, p1.

Row 7: *p1, ssk, yo, cdd, (k1, yo) x 2, p1, (yo, k1) x 2, cdd, yo, k2tog; work from *, p1.

Row 9: *p1, k3, yo, ssk, k2, p1, k2, k2tog, yo, k3; work from *, p1.

Row 11: *(p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k1 tbl, yo, ssk, k1) x 2; work from *, p1.

Row 13: *(p1, k2tog, yo, k1 tbl, k1, k1 tbl, yo, ssk) x 2; work from *, p1.

Row 15: *p1, (yo, k1) x 2, cdd, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk, yo, cdd, (k1, yo) x 2; work from *, p1.

### Encoding explanation for the curious:

The first thing I did was to turn the letters of *wish* into numbers, using base 6: 35 13 31 12. (I picked base 6 because I liked the resulting charts.)

Then I charted them in various ways, and picked this one:

Here’s how I charted it, using my method 4. I start in the bottom right corner and work from right to left since knitting goes from right to left. (This is arbitrary, really, but I like to be consistent.)

The first digit of *wish* is 3, so I count three squares. Then I fill the *next* square with black to show that I counted 3 for the first digit. The next digit is 5, so I count 3 squares, and… oops! No more room on this row. However, I jump up to the right end of the next row tofinish counting 4 and 5, and mark the next available square with black. The third digit is 1 so I count one square and mark the next. And so on and so forth. The blank square in the upper left doesn’t matter for the code, since there’s not a black square at the end to indicate that it’s been counted.

Once I marked out this grid, I mirrored it along the vertical axis. To eliminate double YOs, and to make it a good set of proportions for certain kinds of designs, I added some purl columns as borders. Then I added wrong side rows, replaced each black square with a yarnover, and spent a lot of time swatching to figure out where I wanted to place the decreases required to make a standard rectangular stitch pattern from the charts. Finally, I added another repeat of the pattern vertically, but offset halfway to add visual interest.

k tbl mean what?

Whoops, I forgot to put it in the abbreviations! It means to knit 1 through the back loop to twist it. Here’s a video: https://youtu.be/D1KiHViK160