Candle Flames: a free cable knitting stitch pattern
Sometimes when I design a stitch pattern, I see a motif that I want to play with a bit more. Ply, from last week, has a motif that reminded me of a candle flame. When I pulled it out of the larger stitch pattern, it was easier to turn the decrease lines into cable stitches, and here we are. (Note: this doesn’t count as secret code anymore because it’s missing most of the yarnovers from the original word.)
- 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.
- Candle Flames is a multiple of 8 stitches and 8+2 rows.
- To block out the points as in the swatch photo, make sure to bind off loosely; I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.
- 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.
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- 1/1 LPC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at front of work, purl 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
- 1/1 RC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
- 1/1 RPC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then purl 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): *p3, 1/1 RC, p3; work from *.
Row 2 (WS): *k3, p2, k3; work from *.
Row 3: *p1, ssk, k1, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, p1; work from *.
Row 4: *k1, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, k1; work from *.
Row 5: *p1, 1/1 LPC, k2, 1/1 RPC, p1; work from *.
Row 6: *k2, p4, k2; work from *.
Row 7: *p2, 1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, p2; work from *.
Row 8: *k3, p2, k3; work from *.
repeat rows 1-8
Row 9: *p3, 1/1 RC, p3; work from *.
Row 10: *k3, p2, k3; work from *.