Time edging: a lace knitting stitch pattern

Sometimes I like to make excerpts from stitch patterns I’ve designed. This is just the top edge of Time, version 1, which I think makes a particularly lovely pattern. Enjoy!

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

knitted sample of Time lace edging
chart showing how to work Time edging by means of 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.
  • Time edging is a multiple of 8 + 9 stitches and 8 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for Time edging.
  • 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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  • BEY (bunny ears yarnover): This turns three stitches into three stitches with a yarnover in the middle. Knit 2 together, but only remove the first stitch from the needle; yarn over; then work ssk with the second and third stitches. The middle stitch of the original three has been knit together with each of its neighbors. Blog post about bunny ears yarnover.
  • CDD: slip the next 2 stitches as if to knit 2 together, knit the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the third. (Stands for centered double decrease.)
  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • p: purl.
  • p1‑below: purl one below. For this stitch pattern, it’s not quite the same as a regular p1‑below, because it’s actually purling the bar below a yarnover, but the action is much the same. From behind, pick up the bar below the yarnover with the right needle and place it on the left needle next to the yarnover; purl both those strands at the same time. This prevents the bar from making a horizontal line in front of the yarnover.
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Or substitute your favorite left-leaning decrease)
  • yo: yarnover. Bring the yarn forward between the needles so that it will make a loop over the needle when the next stitch is worked. When there are two in a row, bring the yarn forward, wrap it once around the needle, and leave the yarn in front so it makes a second loop.

Row 1 (RS): k3, *BEY, k5; work from *, BEY, k3. (17 sts)

Row 2 (WS): p4, p1‑below, *p7, p1‑below; work from *, p4.

Row 3: (k2tog, yo) × 2, *k1, yo, ssk, yo, cdd, yo, k2tog, yo; work from *, k1, (yo, ssk) × 2.

Row 4: purl.

Row 5: k1, k2tog, yo, *BEY, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo; work from *, BEY, yo, ssk, k1.

Row 6: p4, p1‑below, *p7, p1‑below; work from *, p4.

Row 7: k1, ssk, yo, k1, *k2, yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k1; work from *, k2, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 8: purl.