# Comfort: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon for this post is comfort, suggested by Seane, a Patreon supporter.

I am somewhat embarrassed to note that I didn’t see the mistake I made in knitting the sample until I was choosing and editing the photo this morning. However, there is something to learn from this that I have noticed before: sometimes it’s easier to see the end result of a project in a photograph. It gives me some distance and a chance to see the big picture.

The mistake is in the upper left corner; I think I got out of phase in terms of which part of the repeat I was in. I think it’s still possible to see the pattern in the other three quarters of the sample, so I’m going to leave things be as a reminder that nobody’s perfect,

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. A random number generator helps me choose which word I will encode from 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 made a comfort needlework chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing.

The stitch patterns are not meant in any way to look like the original words; the words are the seeds of my creativity.

## Notes:

• 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.
• The repeats in the charts and the text aren’t in the same places. (The double YOs complicate writing the repeats logically in the text.)
• Comfort is a multiple of 18 + 18 stitches and 24 + 12 rows. (Rows 13-24 are the same as rows 1-12, just offset sideways by 9 stitches. End after either row 12 or 24.)
• I’ve made a stitch map for comfort.
• 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!

## Abbreviations:

• 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.
• 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, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, *ssk, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, k2tog; work from *, ssk, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3. (36 sts)

Row 2 (WS): purl.

Row 3: k2, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog, *yo × 2, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog; work from *, yo × 2, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k2.

Row 4: p8, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p16, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p8.

Row 5: k1, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k1.

Row 6: purl.

Row 7: k4, yo, k1, k2tog, k2, *k2, ssk, k1, yo, k8, yo, k1, k2tog, k2; work from *, k2, ssk, k1, yo, k4.

Row 8: purl.

Row 9: yo, k2tog × 2, yo, k1, yo, cdd, yo, k1, *k1, yo, cdd, yo, k1, yo, ssk × 2, yo × 2, k2tog × 2, yo, k1, yo, cdd, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, cdd, yo, k1, yo, ssk × 2, yo.

Row 10: p9, *p8, (k1, p1) in double yo, p8; work from *, p9.

Row 11: k1, yo, ssk, k1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, *yo × 2, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, yo × 2, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k1.

Row 12: p8, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p16, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p8.

End after either row 12 or 24.

Row 13: ssk, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3, *k3, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, ssk, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3; work from *, k3, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, k2tog.

Row 14: purl.

Row 15: yo, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k2, *k2, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog, yo × 2, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k2; work from *, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog, yo.

Row 16: p9, *p8, (k1, p1) in double yo, p8; work from *, p9.

Row 17: k1, yo, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k1.

Row 18: purl.

Row 19: k2, ssk, k1, yo, k4, *k4, yo, k1, k2tog, k4, ssk, k1, yo, k4; work from *, k4, yo, k1, k2tog, k2.

Row 20: purl.

Row 21: k1, yo, cdd, yo, k1, yo, ssk × 2, *yo × 2, k2tog × 2, yo, k1, yo, cdd, yo, k2, yo, cdd, yo, k1, yo, ssk × 2; work from *, yo × 2, k2tog × 2, yo, k1, yo, cdd, yo, k1.

Row 22: p8, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p16, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p8.

Row 23: yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, k1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, yo × 2, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, k1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, yo.

Row 24: p9, *p8, (k1, p1) in double yo, p8; work from *, p9.