Typo: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Typo, suggested by Naomi E. on Patreon. The word amuses me, and helps demonstrate how little the final appearance of the lace is defined by the meaning of the word I use as its basis.

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. I make two of these into knitting stitches each month: the first is drawn from the collection of new words; the second is drawn from the collection of unused words. A random number generator helps me choose this, 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.

Typo: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

Typo: a free lace knitting stitch pattern chart, by Naomi Parkhurst
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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.
  • Typo is a multiple of 10+11 stitches.
  • 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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  • 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)
  • kyok: (k1, yo, k1) in next stitch.
  • 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): k1, k2tog, yo, k2, *k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2; work from *, k3, yo, ssk, k1. [21 sts]
Row 2 (WS): purl.
Row 3: (k1, p1) in 1 stitch, k1, CDD, *kyok, CDD, k1, kyok, k1, CDD; work from *, kyok, CDD, k1, (k1, p1) in 1 stitch.
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: k1, yo, k1, CDD, yo, *k1, yo, CDD, (k1, yo) x 2, k1, CDD, yo; work from *, k1, yo, CDD, k1, yo, k1.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: k2, yo, k1, ssk, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk; work from *, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2.
Row 8: purl.
Row 9: ssk, yo, k1, k2tog, *kyok, ssk, k1, yo, CDD, yo, k1, k2tog; work from *, kyok, ssk, k1, yo, k2tog.
Row 10: purl.
Row 11: k3, yo, ssk, *k1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo, k3.
Row 12: purl.
Row 13: (k1, p1) in 1 stitch, CDD, k1, *kyok, k1, CDD, kyok, CDD, k1; work from *, kyok, k1, CDD, (k1, p1) in 1 stitch.
Row 14: purl.
Row 15: k1, yo, CDD, k1, yo, *k1, yo, k1, CDD, yo, k1, yo, CDD, k1, yo; work from *, k1, yo, k1, CDD, yo, k1.
Row 16: purl.
Row 17: k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, *k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; work from *, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1.
Row 18: purl.
Row 19: (k1, p1) in 1 stitch, ssk, k1, yo, *CDD, yo, k1, k2tog, kyok, ssk, k1, yo; work from *, CDD, yo, k1, k2tog, (k1, p1) in 1 stitch.
Row 20: purl.