Out of the wild, two free stitch patterns

When I designed Wild/erness, I was struck by various motifs I saw within it. Reading Creating Original Handknitted Lace by Margaret Stove has given me more confidence about isolating motifs from lace, and so I thought I’d pull them out as stitch patterns in their own right. Caveat: removed from context, these no long qualify as “secret code” but I think they coordinate visually with Wild/erness. (I think it’s funny to include that, but I design more “secret code” stitches than not, so.)

Out of the wild, a free stitch pattern

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I realized after knitting the swatch that while I wasn’t comfortable eliminating the stockinette portions between motifs in the allover design, I could have made them narrower by one stitch. I’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader.

Abbreviations:

  • 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.
  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • p: purl.
  • sl2 — k1 — p2sso: slip the next 2 stitches as if to knit 2 together, knit the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the third.
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop.
  • yo: yarn over.

Out of the wild, motif
multiple of 12 stitches
Row 1 (RS): K4, k2tog, yo, *yo, ssk, k4 ; work from *.
Row 2 (WS): *P5, k1 ; work from *, p6.
Row 3: K3, k2tog, k1, yo, *yo, k1, ssk, k3 ; work from *.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: K2, k2tog, k2, yo, *yo, k2, ssk, k2 ; work from *.
Row 6: Repeat row 2.
Row 7: K1, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo, k2, yo, *yo, k2, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1 ; work from *.
Row 8: Repeat row 2.
Row 9: K3, yo, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k3 ; work from *.
Row 10: Purl.
Row 11: K1, 1/1 LC, k1, ssk, yo, *yo, k2tog, k1, 1/1 RC, k1 ; work from *.
Row 12: Repeat row 2.
Row 13: K2, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, *k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, k2 ; work from *.
Row 14: Purl.
Row 15: K3, ssk, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k3 ; work from *.
Row 16: Purl.
Row 17: K3, 1/1 LC, k1, *k1, 1/1 RC, k3 ; work from *.
Row 18: Purl.
Row 19: K4, 1/1 LC, *1/1 RC, k4 ; work from *.
Row 20: Purl.

Out of the wild, allover
multiple of 18 stitches
Row 1 (RS): Yo, k2tog, k1, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, yo, *yo, ssk, k2, 1/1 LC, k1, ssk, yo x 2, k2tog, k1, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, yo ; work from *, yo, ssk, k2, 1/1 LC, k1, ssk, yo.
Row 2 (WS): P8, k1, *(p8, k1) x 2 ; work from *, p9.
Row 3: K2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, *yo, k1, ssk, k2, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, k1, yo ; work from *, yo, k1, ssk, k2, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk.
Row 4: P8, k1, *p17, k1 ; work from *, p9.
Row 5: K1, yo, (k2tog, k2) x 2, yo, *yo, (k2, ssk) x 2, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, (k2tog, k2) x 2, yo ; work from *, yo, (k2, ssk) x 2, yo, k1.
Row 6: Repeat row 4.
Row 7: K1, 1/1 RC, k1, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo, k2, yo, *yo, k2, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1, 1/1 LC, k2, 1/1 RC, k1, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo, k2, yo ; work from *, yo, k2, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1, 1/1 LC, k1.
Row 8: Repeat row 4.
Row 9: 1/1 RC, k4, yo, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k4, 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC, k4, yo, ssk, k1 ; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo, k4, 1/1 LC.
Row 10: Purl.
Row 11: Yo, ssk, k2, 1/1 LC, k1, ssk, yo, *yo, k2tog, k1, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k2, 1/1 LC, k1, ssk, yo ; work from *, yo, k2tog, k1, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, yo.
Row 12: Repeat row 2.
Row 13: Yo, k1, ssk, k2, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, *k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, k1, ssk, k2, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk ; work from *, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, k1, yo.
Row 14: P9, *p8, k1, p9 ; work from *, p9.
Row 15: Yo, (k2, ssk) x 2, yo, 1/1 RC, *yo, (k2tog, k2) x 2, yo x 2, (k2, ssk) x 2, yo, 1/1 RC ; work from *, yo, (k2tog, k2) x 2, yo.
Row 16: Repeat row 14.
Row 17: Yo, k2, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1, 1/1 LC, k1, *k1, 1/1 RC, k1, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo, k2, yo x 2, k2, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1, 1/1 LC, k1 ; work from *, k1, 1/1 RC, k1, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo, k2, yo.
Row 18: Repeat row 14.
Row 19: K1, k2tog, yo, k4, 1/1 LC, *1/1 RC, k4, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k4, 1/1 LC ; work from *, 1/1 RC, k4, yo, ssk, k1.
Row 20: Purl.

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