Holiday mesh: a lace knitting stitch pattern

Sometimes when I design a larger stitch pattern, there’s a part of it that I think would be good as a smaller pattern. I think of these as excerpts or outtakes. Often they work well as a coordinating stitch pattern for the original; this mesh is one such case. It’s a slightly modified version of the bottom four rows of Holiday lace.

(This excerpt isn’t a coded word anymore.)

knitted sample of holiday mesh
chart showing how to knit Holiday mesh with special symbols. Written instructions in blog post.
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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.
  • Holiday mesh is a multiple of 8 + 9 stitches and 4 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for Holiday mesh.
  • 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.
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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)
  • 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): (ssk, yo) × 2, *k1, yo, k2tog, yo, cdd, yo, ssk, yo; work from *, k1, (yo, k2tog) × 2.

Row 2 (WS): purl.

Row 3: k1, yo, k2tog, yo, *cdd, yo, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, yo; work from *, cdd, yo, ssk, yo, k1.

Row 4: purl.