Galaxite: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Galaxite is the word of the month! It’s a sparkly, dark mineral first found in North Carolina, and I think I need to pester Katherine for a photograph of her sample. Oh, right. Let’s back up a little: each month I pick a word from suggestions provided by my Patreon backers, and encode it as a knitting pattern – lace or cables. (I also make a different chart usable for any craft, just because.) Galaxite was suggested by Katherine, and here we are.

I tried encoding it in base 6, 7, and 8, laid out on rectangles in various configurations, and kept wanting to tear out my hair. Galaxite might be a beautiful mineral, but it was not cooperating with my usual lace design methods. Finally, I remembered that I’d been meaning to experiment with making a stitch pattern that’s suited to a kind of crescent shawl that seems to be popular at the moment – cast on a few stitches, and increase three stitches at each edge every two rows. It turns out that it worked nicely to plug the base 8 version of Galaxite into the flat diamond that tiles to make a good crescent shawl (because of the malleability of knitting). More on those diamonds on another occasion.

Fear not: I am also including a more standard rectangular version.

(Also, I recently worked out that my featured images aren’t showing up in mobile browsers or RSS feeds. My apologies; I hope to get this sorted out soon.)

I’m trying an experiment with the written instructions to simplify them. If you want all the Ks and Ps written out for the wrong side rows, please see the written instructions on the Stitch Maps pages linked from each set of instructions. Chart users: I’m not including the wrong side rows in the charts; purl across. Work (k1, p1) in each double yarnover.

Notes:

  • 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.
  • Galaxite is a multiple of 30 stitches and 10 rows (crescent chart) and 20 rows (rectangular chart)
  • Here’s how I encoded this.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for the crescent chart (PDF) and for the rectangular chart (PDF).
  • Designers, please feel free to use this stitch in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
  • If you like my posts like this, please consider supporting me on Patreon or donating with my Paypal tip jar in the sidebar. Thanks!

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.
  • 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.

Galaxite, a free lace knitting stitch pattern(click to enlarge)

Note: it might look as if the swatch is upside down in relation to this chart, but it isn’t so – when the crescent is blocked, the last row is curved around, while the two angled sides are made into a straight line (that curves gently after being unpinned). The stitch patterns fan outward.

Instructions do not include selvedges, as there’s more than one way to do them with a crescent shape. However, here’s what I did at my edges (I cast on 12 stitches):

  • odd rows: k2, (k1, yo, k1) all in the same stitch, (work row), (k1, yo, k1) all in the same stitch, k2.
  • even rows: k1, yo, p4, (work row), p4, yo, k1.

Row 1 (RS): k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1. [6 sts]
Row 2 and all even rows: purl, working (k1, p1) in each double yarnover.
Row 3: k3, 1/1 RC, k2, 1/1 LC, k3. [12 sts]
Row 5: k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo, (k2tog, yo x 2, ssk) x 2, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, k1. [18 sts]
Row 7: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, k2tog, k4, 1/1 RC, k4, ssk, yo x 2, ssk, yo, ssk, k1. [24 sts]
Row 9: k3, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo x 2, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo x 2, (ssk, yo) x 2, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k3. [30 sts]
Row 11: k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k2, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1. [36 sts]
Row 13: k3, 1/1 RC, k2, 1/1 LC, k7, 1/1 LC, (k2, 1/1 RC) x 2, k7, 1/1 RC, k2, 1/1 LC, k3. [42 sts]
Row 15: k1, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo, (k2tog, yo x 2, ssk) x 2, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, k3, (1/1 LC, 1/1 RC) x 2, k3, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo, (k2tog, yo x 2, ssk) x 2, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, k1. [48 sts]
Row 17: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, k2tog, k4, *1/1 RC, k4, ssk, yo x 2, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC, k2, 1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, k2tog, k4 ; work from *, 1/1 RC, k4, ssk, yo x 2, ssk, yo, ssk, k1. [54 sts]
Row 19: k3, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo x 2, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo x 2, (ssk, yo) x 2, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo x 2, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo x 2, (ssk, yo) x 2, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k3. [60 sts]

Repeat rows 11-20 as desired (I worked that section a total of 3 times for my swatch, for a grand total of 40 rows from the cast-on). I worked a JSSBO, with picots over stitch numbers 8, 23, 38, and 53. (I will be posting on another occasion about how to center a picot over a single stitch.) The alternating points were just pinned out; I hadn’t realized until blocking that they would pin out easily.Galaxite, a free lace knitting stitch pattern.(click to enlarge)

 

Row 1: k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, *yo, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k2, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo ; work from *, yo, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k2, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk.
Row 2 and all even rows: purl, working (k1, p1) in each double yarnover.
Row 3: k3, 1/1 RC, k7, 1/1 RC, k1, *k1, 1/1 LC, k7, 1/1 LC, (k2, 1/1 RC) x 2, k7, 1/1 RC, k1 ; work from *, k1, 1/1 LC, k7, 1/1 LC, k3.
Row 5: 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC, k3, ssk, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo x 2, ssk, *k2tog, yo x 2, (ssk, yo) x 2, k2tog, k3, (1/1 LC, 1/1 RC) x 2, k3, ssk, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo x 2, ssk ; work from *, k2tog, yo x 2, (ssk, yo) x 2, k2tog, k3, 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC.
Row 7: k1, 1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, k2tog, k4, *1/1 RC, k4, ssk, yo x 2, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC, k2, 1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, k2tog, k4 ; work from *, 1/1 RC, k4, ssk, yo x 2, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC, k1.
Row 9: 1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo x 2, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo x 2, (ssk, yo) x 2, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo x 2, ssk, k1 ; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, (ssk, yo) x 2, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC.
Row 11: yo, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k2, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk, *k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k2, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk ; work from *, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo.
Row 13: k1, 1/1 LC, k7, 1/1 LC, k2, *1/1 RC, k2, 1/1 RC, k7, 1/1 RC, k2, 1/1 LC, k7, 1/1 LC, k2 ; work from *, 1/1 RC, k2, 1/1 RC, k7, 1/1 RC, k1.
Row 15: k2tog, yo x 2, (ssk, yo) x 2, k2tog, k3, 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC, *1/1 LC, 1/1 RC, k3, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo, (k2tog, yo x 2, ssk) x 2, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, k3, 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC ; work from *, 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC, k3, ssk, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo x 2, ssk.
Row 17: k5, ssk, yo x 2, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC, k1, *k1, 1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, k2tog, k4, 1/1 RC, k4, ssk, yo x 2, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC, k1 ; work from *, k1, 1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, k2tog, k5.
Row 19: k1, k2tog, yo x 2, (ssk, yo) x 2, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC, *1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo x 2, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo x 2, (ssk, yo) x 2, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC ; work from *, 1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo x 2, ssk, k1.

 

 

9 thoughts on “Galaxite: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

  1. This is really amazing! For the record, I usually view blog posts on WordPress reader on my phone, and the images show up there.

  2. Why is it that every time you post a new stitch pattern, I want to run to my stash, find a great bit o’ yarn, and CAST ON? This one is beeeeaaauuuutiful. I, too, admire your mind 😎

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