Étude no. 9: Little Eyes

I’ve been thinking for a while of trying to add k1b stitches (one kind of brioche, or tuck, stitch) into my lace patterns. A good place to start with including a new method in design is by including it in known structures to see how they change.

In the swatch above, I knit first an allover lace design, nothing unusual, and then I knit a second swatchlet, substituting k1b stitches for regular knit stitches on the right side rows. To knit 1 below, instead of putting the needle into the stitch that’s waiting to be knit, put the needle into the stitch below. Knit that stitch and drop the one above; it will drop down and be caught by the stitch just knit. (More here, including a video.)

It doesn’t look wildly different, but it’s different enough that I think it’s worth playing around with some more later. One major difference is that the single strands separate more than is usual with lace knitting, making the yarnovers appear smaller. One thing I like is that it makes it look as if the pattern is full of stylized eyes. (Not creepy eyes, I hope. Anyway, I like them.)

A feature of adding a little brioche is that the stitch grows a little horizontally (while shrinking a little vertically). This can be useful for shaping in some contexts.

Details and charts after the cut.

Here’s an allover lace pattern, pretty straightforward:

simple lace knitting background

 

  • 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. (Left-leaning decrease)
  • yo: yarn over.

 

Row 1 (RS): k1, *yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, k1 ; work from *, yo, k2tog.
Rows 2 & 4: purl
Row 3: ssk, *yo, k1, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso ; work from *, yo, k1.

And here’s the modified chart:

Étude no.9: a free lace knitting pattern with some k1b stitches

 

  • k1b: knit 1 in the stitch below the next stitch; drop the next stitch from the needle.
  • 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. (Left-leaning decrease)
  • yo: yarn over.

Row 1 (RS): k1b, *yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, k1b ; work from *, yo, k2tog.
Rows 2 & 4: purl
Row 3: ssk, *yo, k1b, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso ; work from *, yo, k1b.

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

 

 

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