A little late for Talk Like a Pirate Day, here is an encoding of Arr. There’s been a gradual increase in the number of geeky Internet holidays, and so I thought I’d make stitch patterns for a bunch of them (secret code being geeky in itself). Admittedly, I’m not personally fond of Talk Like a Pirate Day, but it is one of the older such holidays, and well known. It wouldn’t seem fair to exclude it. (Anyway, I like the lace that came out of it.)
I saw a stitch pattern on Pinterest that had a plain row of elongated stitches in the midst of lace. Since the first row of this chart doesn’t have any yarnovers, I decided to try it, but didn’t really care for the effect in this design. I’ve left it in the swatch that’s the featured photo to show what it looks like. I knit several plain rows, then knit the first stitch pattern repeat with elongated stitches in the first row. Then I knit two more plain repeats.
I think this might qualify as a feather and fan variant. (If you wanted to knit row 2 instead of purl, that would increase the resemblance.)
Stitch pattern is a multiple of 12+1 stitches and 8 rows.
- k: knit.
- k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
- LRC: ssk, slip decreased stitch back to left needle, pass next stitch over, slip finished stitch to right needle.
- p: purl.
- sl1, k2tog, psso: slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit the next 2 stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over.
- 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.
I’ve made a stitch map for this stitch pattern.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 and all other even rows: purl.
Row 3: Ssk, *yo, LRC, (yo, k1) x 3, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso ; work from *, yo, LRC, (yo, k1) x 3, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2tog.
Row 5: K1, *k1, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo, k3, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo, k2 ; work from *, k1, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo, k3, yo, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo, k2.
Row 7: K1, *ssk, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, k2tog, k1 ; work from *, ssk, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, k2tog, k1.
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
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