# Étude no. 2 – Stepping Stones (free stitch pattern)

Here is another in my series of posts about design exercises. I’ve been noticing a little arrow motif popping up in my secret code charts:

It intrigued me. I happened to notice it yet again in a grid, this time with rotational symmetry and with a couple of extra squares:

Nifty! I thought. I’ve been wanting to stretch myself with designing asymmetrical patterns (that would admittedly have translational symmetry when repeated). Even though the little chart above has rotational symmetry, I knew that by the time I was done with it, that would be gone. (This is a future étude for me, I think: to design lace with vertical mirror symmetry or rotational symmetry.)

So, I plugged in the yarn overs in my usual way, and added wrong side rest rows with purls where necessary. Then I guessed where to put the decreases. My draft chart follows, from before I’d even started my rough draft swatch for the design. (This one definitely needed one, so far as I was concerned.)

As I knit my rough draft, I worked out the following chart. I wasn’t sure at first if I liked the results, but I think I do. For one thing, I like the way that each diagonal ovally section is completed over three pattern repeats. I think that the decrease lines of this might make a scarf collapse along the bias.

I do regret not managing to put in no-stitch squares to make the pattern match the result more clearly; this one gave me fits and I just had trouble. If there’s interest, I would probably be willing to give it another try for the sake of learning to do better!

Etude no. 2 – Stepping Stones
Row 1 (RS): k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk. (5 sts)
Row 2 (WS): p1, k1, p3.
Row 3: k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo x 2.
Row 4: k1, p4.
Row 5: yo, ssk, yo x 2, sssk.
Row 6: p1, k1, p3.
Row 7: cdd, yo x 2, k2tog, yo.
Row 8: p2, k1, p2.
Row 9: yo x 2, ssk, k1, ssk.
Row 10: p3, k1, p1.
Row 11: k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1.
Row 12: p2, k1, p2.

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## 4 thoughts on “Étude no. 2 – Stepping Stones (free stitch pattern)”

1. Ausia says:

Hey! What size needles did you use for yours?

1. Hi! I’m afraid I’m not certain; this post is a few years old. I don’t keep track of my needle size for these swatches. I’m also not sure what yarn I used, or I could give you a guess.

Because individual knitters’ tension varies so much, it might not help in any case. A swatch to get a general sense of what needle size you like with your yarn is probably in order.

What I can tell you is that I’m a tight knitter. For lace, the needle size I use does depend on my mood to some extent (how open do I want the holes to be?), but I usually use the needle size recommended on the yarn label, or one or two sizes larger.

I hope this helps!