Wild/erness, a free lace knitting pattern.

Every month, my backers on Patreon can suggest a word for me to encode, and I use a random number generator to pick the word of the month. This month, the RNG landed on wilderness, suggested by Nim. (The RNG has been very kind to Nim lately, and so she’s decided to stop offering words for a while so as to give other people’s words a chance.)

Anyway, it struck me that if I picked the right grid for wilderness, I could simultaneously offer lace knitting charts for just plain wild, so that the two stitch patterns would coordinate and flow into each other. It worked out even better than I had hoped!


The swatch shows, from top to bottom, two repeats of wild followed by two repeats of wilderness. I used a picot bind-off, which is at the bottom of the image. wilderness lace knitting chart, a free stitch pattern(click to enlarge)


  • Rows 1-8 encompass the word wild. Rows 9-20 encode erness, and so if rows 1-20 are worked all in a row, the chart works for wilderness. Repeat 1-8 and 1-20 as desired; they will flow into each other. Pattern repeats every 12 stitches, with the exception of the mini-cables that are worked on Row 19. If working only one repeat of the stitch pattern, just work plain knit stitches where half a cable would be.
  • 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.
  • Wild & wilderness are a multiple of 12+12 stitches. Wild is a multiple of 8 rows, while wilderness is a multiple of 20 rows.
  • I’ve made stitch maps for Wild and Wildernessas well as a printable PDF.
  • Designers, please feel free to use these stitches in your patterns.
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  • 1/1 LC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at front of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • 1/1 RC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • yo: yarn over.

Wild/erness lace, a free stitch pattern

Row 1 (RS): (Yo, ssk, k1) × 2, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo × 2, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, (k1, k2tog, yo) × 2.

Row 2 (WS): P6, *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *, p6.

Row 3: K1, ssk, yo, k1, yo, ssk, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k2, ssk, yo, k1, yo, ssk; work from *, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: K2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo × 2, * ssk, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo × 2; work from *, ssk, yo, k2, ssk.

Row 6: P5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p10, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p5.

Row 7: K1, yo, k2tog × 2, k1, yo × 2, *k1, ssk × 2, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, k2tog × 2, k1, yo × 2; work from *, k1, ssk × 2, yo, k1.

Row 8: P5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p10, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p5.

(Repeat Rows 1-8 if only working wild.)

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

Row 10: P5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *[p4, (k1, p1) in double yo] × 2; work from *, p5.

Row 11: K1, CDD, yo, k2, yo × 2, *k2, yo, CDD, k2, CDD, yo, k2, yo × 2; work from *, k2, yo, CDD, k1.

Row 12: P5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p10, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p5.

Row 13: K3, yo, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k2, 1/1 RC, k2, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo, k3.

Row 14: Purl.

Row 15: Yo, (k1, ssk) × 2, yo × 2, * (k2tog, k1) × 2, yo × 2, (k1, ssk) × 2, yo × 2; work from *, (k2tog, k1) × 2, yo.

Row 16: P5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *[p4, (k1, p1) in double yo] × 2; work from *, p5.

Row 17: K2, (yo, ssk) × 2, *(k2tog, yo) × 2, k4, (yo, ssk) × 2; work from *, (k2tog, yo) × 2, k2.

Row 18: Purl.

Row 19: K1, (ssk, yo) × 2, *1/1 RC, (yo, k2tog) × 2, 1/1 RC, (ssk, yo) × 2; work from *, 1/1 RC, (yo, k2tog) × 2, k1.

Row 20: Purl.

I’ve also posted a chart usable for a variety of crafts and an outtake from this stitch pattern, Out of the Wild.

7 thoughts on “Wild/erness, a free lace knitting pattern.

  1. littlehouseonthehill

    Oooooooooh! 😀 No wonder you’ve been so excited about this! (And yes, I’ve put my spanner away and I promise I’ll stop tinkering with your RNG now. 😉

    1. Naomi Parkhurst

      It wouldn’t be random if it didn’t pull stunts like that sometimes! it’s not an “Evenly-distributed number generator” for nothing.


      I like this one a LOT.

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    1. Naomi Parkhurst

      Excellent! I love giving people ideas.

      And thanks – I think this might be my favorite one yet. (I mean, they often are as I finish them, but this one feels extra good.)

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