Groundhog: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Each month, my Patreon supporters can suggest words for me to encode as stitch patterns. This month’s word was drawn from the word hoard I’ve created from previous months’ suggestions: groundhog. A prosaic word, but the end result is one I like a lot!

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Groundhog: a free lace knitting stitch pattern.

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Three notes:

  1. rows 19-36 are just the first 18 rows offset by 6 stitches.
  2. I’ve omitted the wrong-side rows on the chart for brevity: purl each even-numbered row, working (k1, p1) in each double yo.
  3. If you want to work just one repeat, work only the stitches between the vertical red lines, omitting the 1/1 crosses on rows 7 and 25.

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)
  • k3tog: knit 3 stitches together as if they were 1.
  • p: purl.
  • Sl2, k1, p2sso: slip 2 together as if to knit together, knit the next stitch, then pass the slipped stitches over. (centered double decrease.)
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning decrease)
  • sssk: slip each of the next 3 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop.
  • yo: yarn over.

(stitch map coming soon.)

Row 1 (RS): K2, k2tog, yo, k2, *k2, yo, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo, k2 ; work from *, k2, yo, ssk, k2.
Row 2 and all even rows: purl, working (k1, p1) in each double yo.
Row 3: (K1, k2tog, yo) x 2, *yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo ; work from *, (yo, ssk, k1) x 2.
Row 5: Sl2, k1, p2sso, yo x 2, k3, *k3, yo x 2, sl2, k1, p2sso x 2, yo x 2, k3 ; work from *, k3, yo x 2, sl2, k1, p2sso.
Row 7: K2, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, sssk, yo, k1, 1/1 RC, k1, yo, k3tog, yo, k1 ; work from *, k1, yo, sssk, yo, k2.
Row 9: Ssk, k2, yo, k2, *k2, yo, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2, yo, k2 ; work from *, k2, yo, k2, k2tog.
Row 11: 1/1 LC, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo, *yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, 1/1 RC, 1/1 LC, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo ; work from *, yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, 1/1 RC.
Row 13: K1, k2tog, yo, k3, *k3, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k3 ; work from *, k3, yo, ssk, k1.
Row 15: K2tog, k3, yo, k1, *k1, yo, k3, ssk, k2tog, k3, yo, k1 ; work from *, k1, yo, k3, ssk.
Row 17: Ssk, k3, yo, k1, *k1, yo, k3, k2tog, ssk, k3, yo, k1 ; work from *, k1, yo, k3, k2tog.
Row 19: K2, yo, ssk, k2, *k2, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k2 ; work from *, k2, k2tog, yo, k2.
Row 21: (Yo, ssk, k1) x 2, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k1 ; work from *, (k1, k2tog, yo) x 2.
Row 23: K3, yo x 2, sl2, k1, p2sso, *sl2, k1, p2sso, yo x 2, k6, yo x 2, sl2, k1, p2sso ; work from *, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo x 2, k3.
Row 25: K1, yo, sssk, yo, k1, *1/1 RC, k1, yo, k3tog, yo, k2, yo, sssk, yo, k1 ; work from *, 1/1 RC, k1, yo, k3tog, yo, k1.
Row 27: K2, yo, k2, k2tog, *ssk, k2, yo, k4, yo, k2, k2tog ; work from *, ssk, k2, yo, k2.
Row 29: Yo, ssk, yo, k2tog, 1/1 RC, *1/1 LC, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, yo, k2tog, 1/1 RC ; work from *, 1/1 LC, ssk, yo, k2tog, yo.
Row 31: K3, yo, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, k1 ; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo, k3.
Row 33: K1, yo, k3, ssk, *k2tog, k3, yo, k2, yo, k3, ssk ; work from *, k2tog, k3, yo, k1.
Row 35: K1, yo, k3, k2tog, *ssk, k3, yo, k2, yo, k3, k2tog ; work from *, ssk, k3, yo, k1.

Designers, please feel free to use these stitches in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it. Thanks! – Naomi

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