Spring! (free stitch pattern)

Two stitch patterns based on the word, Spring.It has certainly been a while. I got sidetracked, and then I felt abashed, but now I have a backlog of things I’ve been meaning to write about. (The problem is never a shortage of material!)

Anyway, I’m in the midst of writing a stitch dictionary, among other things, and I was getting fed up with not being able to share any of the things I was doing. So I decided to make something that’s not going in the stitch dictionary and share it with you.

I used my secret code techniques to lay the word Spring out on several different grids, and ended up liking this one a lot. I made one lace design from it and also a stranded knitting chart. The stranded chart is mirrored vertically as well as horizontally. The lace one has an extra column down the middle and on each side; this avoids a double yarn over. I dote on double yarn overs, but I know that not everyone is comfortable with them.

Happy Spring!

A swatch of stranded knitting based on the word Spring encoded as numbers.

The word Spring encoded as a chart for stranded knitting.

Spring (stranded)
multiple of 10 + 1 stitches and 10 + 1 rounds.
Round 1: Work knit as follows; *1 CC, 1 MC, 1 CC, 5 MC, 1 CC, 1 MC; work from *, 1 CC.
Round 2: Work knit as follows; *(3 MC, 1 CC) x 2, 2 MC; work from *, 1 MC.
Round 3: Work knit as follows; *1 CC, 3 MC, 1 CC, 1 MC, 1 CC, 3 MC; work from *, 1 CC.
Round 4: Work knit as follows; *3 MC, (1 CC, 1 MC ) x 2, 1 CC, 2 MC; work from *, 1 MC.
Round 5: Work knit as follows; *(2 MC, 1 CC) x 3, 1 MC; work from *, 1 MC.
Round 6: Work knit as follows; *(1 MC, 1 CC) x 5; work from *, 1 MC.
Round 7: Work knit as follows; repeat round 5.
Round 8: Work knit as follows; repeat round 4.
Round 9: Work knit as follows; repeat round 3.
Round 10: Work knit as follows; repeat round 2.
Repeat rounds 1-10 as desired, ending with round 1.

The word Spring encoded as a chart for lace knitting.

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.
  • Spring is a multiple of 14+1 stitches and 12 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this stitch in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
  • If you like my posts like this, please consider supporting me on Patreon or donating with my Paypal tip jar in the sidebar. Thanks!

Abbreviations:

  • 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.
  • kb: place bead on stitch, then 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.
  • 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.)
  • yo: yarnover.

Round 1: *p1, yo, kb, yo, cdd, k5, cdd, yo, kb, yo; work from *, p1.
Round 2 and all even-numbered rounds: *p1, k13; work from *, p1.
Round 3: *p1, k3, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k3; work from *, p1.
Round 5: *p1, yo, k2, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2, yo; work from *, p1.
Round 7: *p1, k2, k2tog, yo, kb, yo, cdd, yo, kb, yo, ssk, k2; work from *, p1.
Round 9: *p1, k1, cdd, yo, k2, yo, kb, yo, k2, yo, cdd, k; work from *, p1.
Round 11: *p1, cdd, yo, kb, yo, k1, yo, cdd, yo, k1, yo, kb, yo, cdd; work from *, p1.
(Note that I only worked one repeat with a bunch of extra reverse stockinette on each side.)

Note: the instructions are written for in the round; make sure to swap the knits and purls on even-numbered rows if working flat.

…and if Spring is here, can Summer be far behind?

6 thoughts on “Spring! (free stitch pattern)

    1. Beads are entirely optional. I put them in because there’s not always a good place for them in my stitch patterns, and I wanted to show the possibility for those who like them.

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