new secret code lace: Eclipse

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Well, Rebecca on Patreon suggested that I should encode Eclipse, and it came up in a random choice as this month’s word. I really like the end result. It’s actually my second try. I couldn’t make the first one work out – I tried making an edging and kept ending up with four sections that didn’t hang together stylistically.

I did the numbers for this one in base eight, just for a change.

Free stitch pattern: Eclipse



eclipse lace.pngNote: I made up the abbreviation of ss-sl2tog back-k3tog, as I haven’t encountered instructions for it before (I need to do some more research). If you recognize the decrease and know a more standard name for it, please comment!

Expanded, it means to slip each of the next two stitches knitwise, slip them back to the left needle as if knitting them together (this changes their order), then knit three stitches together. The leftmost stitch will be in front, the rightmost stitch will be next, and the middle stitch will be in back. There’s more detailed instructions on this page. (And here’s for combination knitters.) It produces an exact mirror of sl 1-k2tog-psso. Many people use k3tog as a mirror, but I find that unsatisfactory as it really doesn’t produce a mirrored result. The stitches are in the wrong order and they don’t lie flat.

Row 1 (RS): k4, ssk, yo x 2, k2tog, k4. (12 sts)
Row 2 (WS): p5, k1, p6.
Row 3: yo, ssk, k1, cdd, yo x 4, cdd, k1, k2tog, yo.
Row 4: p4, k1, p, k1, p4, k1.
Row 5: k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k2.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: ss-sl2tog back-k3tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, yo, k1, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso.
Row 8: p5, k1, p6.
Row 9: yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, ss-sl2tog back-k3tog, yo.
Row 10: (p3, k1) x 3.
Row 11: k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk.
Row 12: p, k1, p7, k1, p2.
Row 13: Ssk, yo, k1, 1/1 LC, k2, 1/1 RC, k1, yo, k2tog.
Row 14: purl.

Here is a printable PDF of the Eclipse stitch map. It should print well when “fit to page” is chosen. Here is the page for it at the Stitch Maps website.

Next up: a grid for use with stranded knitting or anything else that’s charted on a grid. The red outline shows the pattern repeat.

Free chart based on the word Eclipse for use in any craft. The red outline shows the pattern repeat.Free chart based on the word Eclipse, for any craft that uses a gridded layout.

I played with the colors in the right-hand one just a bit to show the sorts of things you might try doing.

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Creative Commons License Eclipse stitch patterns by Naomi Parkhurst are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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