Every month my backers on Patreon have the chance to suggest a word for me to use as the raw material for creating a new stitch pattern. I turn the letters into numbers, chart the numbers in various ways, and pick the result I think works best for making a knitting chart.
I make two charts: one that takes more added work (either cables or lace), and one that can be used for any craft worked on a grid. Ordinarily I would post that one in a separate blog post, but in this case, that chart is the same as the original for the lace. I thought it might be interesting to see the original grid next to the lace chart. Jump to the bottom to see it.
This month’s word is iceberg, suggested by Linda. I converted the word into base 8 numerals and made a wide, narrow chart to turn them into lace.
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Pattern repeats over 28 stitches and 6 rows.
A note to help prevent discouragement: the feathery part of the design doesn’t start showing properly until after three vertical repeats of the stitch pattern.
While it can be worked as an all over pattern, I think it’s at its best worked as a panel with purl stitches at each side. (Aside from my selvedge stitches, I included two purl stitches on each edge.)
- k: knit.
- k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
- 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)
- yo: yarn over.
Here is a Stitch Map for Iceberg; a printable PDF is forthcoming.
Row 1 (RS): *Yo, ssk, k5, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo x 2, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, ssk, yo x 2, sl2, k1, p2sso, k5, k2tog, yo, rep from *.
Rows 2, 4, 6: purl, working (k1, p1) in each double yarnover.
Row 3: *K1, yo, ssk, k3, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo x 2, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1, yo x 2, k2, yo x 2, k1, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo x 2, sl2, k1, p2sso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, rep from *.
Row 5: *K2, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k1, sl2, k1, p2sso, yo x 2, k1, yo, k2tog, ssk, yo, k1, yo x 2, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k2, rep from *.
Here is the chart for use with any craft, from stranded knitting to filet crochet, from needlepoint to quilt layouts.
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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