# Quirky: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon for this post is Quirky, suggested by Rin and Catnach, two Patreon supporters. I’m fond of the way this makes almost-circles, which as has been pointed out to me before, can be difficult to accomplish in knitting. (Though it’s not impossible.) And while I didn’t manage to avoid double yarnovers, all the decreases are single, so it’s somewhat less complicated than much of my lace.

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 Quirky charted design 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 in comparison to the encoding.)
• Quirky lace is a multiple of 12 + 12 stitches and 24 + 12 rows. (rows 1-12 are basically the same as rows 13-24, just offset by 6 stitches; end after either row 24 or 12.)
• I’ve made a stitch map for Quirky.
• 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:

• k: knit.
• k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
• 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): k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, k2, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, k1. (24 sts)

Row 2 (WS): purl.

Row 3: k2tog, yo, k4, *k4, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k4; work from *, k4, yo, ssk.

Row 4: purl.

Row 5: ssk, (yo, k2tog) × 2, yo × 2, *ssk, yo, (ssk, yo, k2tog) × 2, yo, k2tog, yo × 2; work from *, (ssk, yo) × 2, k2tog.

Row 6: p5, *(k1, p1) in double yo, p10; work from *, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5.

Row 7: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, yo × 2, *k1, ssk, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, yo × 2; work from *, k1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1.

Row 8: p5, *(k1, p1) in double yo, p10; work from *, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5.

Row 9: k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2, yo × 2, *k2, ssk, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2, yo × 2; work from *, k2, ssk, yo, ssk.

Row 10: p5, *(k1, p1) in double yo, p10; work from *, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5.

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

Row 12: p5, *(k1, p1) in double yo, p10; work from *, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5.

Row 13: k1, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, k1, *k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, k1; work from *, k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k1.

Row 14: purl.

Row 15: k4, yo, ssk, *k2tog, yo, k8, yo, ssk; work from *, k2tog, yo, k4.

Row 16: purl.

Row 17: (yo, ssk) × 2, yo, k2tog, *ssk, (yo, k2tog) × 2, yo × 2, (ssk, yo) × 2, k2tog; work from *, ssk, (yo, k2tog) × 2, yo.

Row 18: p6, *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *, p6.

Row 19: yo, k1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, yo × 2, k1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, yo.

Row 20: p6, *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *, p6.

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

Row 22: p6, *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *, p6.

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

Row 24: p6, *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *, p6

End after either row 12 or 24.