Wildfire: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Each month, my Patreon backers suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitch patterns using my secret code methods. I publish the results for free, along with a free chart for use in any craft that’s worked on a grid.

This month’s word is Wildfire, suggested by Lara and picked with a flip of the coin. This is the lace pattern; I posted the free chart earlier today.

I love the way this one came out. After a first attempt that didn’t work out so well, I tried again, and I think this one is one of my favorites. The encoding was done in base 7.

I worked the bind off with a very small picot (barely needed) over each double yarnover, and I cabled the stitches (as I bound them off) that would have been cabled on row 1, to keep the stitches from spreading at those points.

Wildfire: a free lace knitting stitch pattern
(If you’ve seen this before, I had the photo the other way up because I like it that way, but it doesn’t match the chart. This turned out to be confusing, so I rotated it to match the chart.)
Wildfire: a free lace knitting stitch pattern
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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.
  • Wildfire is a multiple of 14 stitches and 16 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it (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 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.

Row 1 (RS): K2, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1, 1/1 RC, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1 ; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k2.
Row 2 and all even rows: purl, working (k1, p1) in each double yarnover.
Row 3: K1, k2tog, k2, yo x 2, ssk, *k2tog, yo x 2, k2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2, yo x 2, ssk ; work from *, k2tog, yo x 2, k2, ssk, k1.
Row 5: K2tog, yo, ssk, k2, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, k2, (k2tog, yo, ssk) x 2, k2, yo ; work from *, 1/1 RC, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, ssk.
Row 7: K2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, 1/1 RC, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo ; work from *, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2.
Row 9: Yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, *yo, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, yo ; work from *, yo, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo.
Row 11: K1, ssk, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, k1, *k1, yo x 2, k1, ssk, k2tog, k2, ssk, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, k1 ; work from *, k1, yo x 2, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1.
Row 13: K2tog, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2, *k2, yo, k1, yo, (k2tog, ssk) x 2, yo, k1, yo, k2 ; work from *, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, ssk.
Row 15: K2tog, yo, k1, ssk, k2, yo, *yo, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, k2, yo ; work from *, yo, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk.

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. Thanks! – Naomi

If you like my posts like this, please consider supporting me on Patreon. Thanks!

14 thoughts on “Wildfire: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

  1. NAgo I, that is simply gorgeous. It’s a beautifully unusual pattern, with the flames flowing into one another. My goodness, the talent you have. Thank you for this, and thanks to Lara and your other Patreones for supporting you. Awesome.

  2. Beautiful! This one has a lovely old fashioned look to it somehow. I love the way you’ve ended it too, it makes a lovely edge.

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