Snow: a lace knitting stitch pattern
The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Snow, suggested by Naomi T. and Natasha, Patreon supporters. I’m pleased with how it came out, not least because it has no double yarnovers. (It’s very hard to avoid them entirely with my design methods.)
I think it’s fun that one of the two panels is essentially Star Rib Mesh, though with somewhat different decreases.
Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. I make three of these into knitting stitches each month: the second and third (posted on the first day of the next month) are drawn from the collection of new words; the first is drawn from the collection of unused words. A random number generator helps me choose these, 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.
The stitch patterns are not meant in any way to look like the original words; the words are the seeds of my creativity.
- 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.
- Snow is a multiple of 18 + 1 stitches and 12 or 12 + 6 rows. (End after either row 6 or 12)
- I’ve made a stitch map for it.
- Designers, please feel free to use this in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
- My blog posts and free stitch patterns are supported by subscriptions on Patreon or donations to my Paypal tip jar in the sidebar. If you appreciate my work, please consider helping out. Thanks!
- k: knit.
- k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
- k3tog: knit 3 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning double decrease)
- p: purl.
- sk2p: slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over. (Left-leaning double decrease.)
- ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning decrease)
- sssk: slip each of the next 3 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning double decrease; substitute sk2p if desired.)
- yo: yarnover
Row 1 (RS): *k2, yo, ssk, k4, yo, sk2p, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1. [19 sts]
Row 2 (WS): purl.
Row 3: *k1, yo, k2, yo, sssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k3tog, yo, k2, yo; work from *, k1.
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: *k3, (yo, ssk) × 2, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1, (k2tog, yo) × 2, k2; work from *, k1.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: *k2, (yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1) × 2; work from *, k1.
Row 8: purl.
Row 9: *k1, yo, k2, yo, sssk, k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k2, k3tog, yo, k2, yo; work from *, k1.
Row 10: purl.
Row 11: *k3, (yo, ssk) × 2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, (k2tog, yo) × 2, k2; work from *, k1.
Row 12: purl.