Name That Stitch Pattern: have you seen it before?

This is a ground pattern based on a standard sequence that’s often seen in lace—Barbara Walker remarks upon it. I don’t remember seeing this exact version before, though I have seen one called Alternating Feather that repeats Rows 1&2 several times, and then Rows 3&4 several times. I suppose this probably means that I just haven’t looked in the right places (or that I’ve seen it, but don’t remember it). Are you familiar with it?

I came up with it by playing with lace and sequence knitting. Anyway, I like it and it seemed worth sharing, though it is not in itself sequence knitting. (It turns out that there are extra complications that come with trying to work sequences as lace. Fascinating, but it makes it more difficult.)

Have you seen this stitch pattern before?

Surely this is a traditional knitting design? I came up with it independently.

Pattern repeat is a multiple of 6+1 stitches and 4 rows.

Abbreviation key:

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

Row 1 (RS): *K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk ; work from *, k1.
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Row 3: *K1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo ; work from *, k1.
Row 4: Purl.

Feel free to use this in your design work however you like! Please consider subscribing to my Patreon if you find my work useful. Thanks.

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