Each month my Patreon backers suggest words for me to use as the basis for designing a knitting stitch pattern; this month’s word is *Frost,* suggested by Nim. I encoded the letters as numerals in base 9, then laid them out on a grid to make a knitting stitch chart.

Much as I love complicated designs, it’s nice to have something a little shorter and therefore somewhat simpler for a change.

I noticed in swatching that this pattern works well with a horizontal offset for every other repeat, so I’ve included that. However, it also works to just repeat rows 1-16.

Pattern is a repeat of 10 + 1 stitches, and either 16 or 32 rows. Swatch is worked as three horizontal repeats, with Rows 1-32 followed by Rows 1-18. (Including 17 & 18 made a tidier ending.)

**Abbreviations:**

- k: knit.
- k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
- p: purl.
- CDD: 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.

Row 1 (RS): *p1, yo, k2, ssk, p1, k2tog, k2, yo ; work from *, p1.

Row 2 (WS): k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 3: *p1, k2, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 4: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 5: *p1, k1, cdd, yo x 2, p1, yo x 2, cdd, k1 ; work from *, p1.

Row 6: k1, *p2, k1, p1, k2, p3, k1 ; work from *.

Row 7: *p1, k2tog, yo, k2, p1, k2, yo, ssk ; work from *, p1.

Row 8: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 9: *(p1, k4) x 2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 10: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 11: *(p1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo) x 2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 12: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 13: *p1, k1, yo, ssk, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k1 ; work from *, p1.

Row 14: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 15: *p1, yo, ssk x 2, yo, p1, yo, k2tog x 2, yo ; work from *, p1.

Row 16: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 17: *p1, k2tog, k2, yo, p1, yo, k2, ssk ; work from *, p1.

Row 18: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 19: *p1, yo, ssk, k2, p1, k2, k2tog, yo ; work from *, p1.

Row 20: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 21: *p1, yo x 2, cdd, k1, p1, k1, cdd, yo x 2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 22: k1, *k1, p3, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1 ; work from *.

Row 23: *p1, k2, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 24: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 25: *(p1, k4) x 2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 26: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 27: *(p1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo) x 2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 28: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 29: *p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, ssk, k1 ; work from *, p1.

Row 30: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 31: *p1, yo, k2tog x 2, yo, p1, yo, ssk x 2, yo ; work from *, p1.

Row 32: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

I’m going to start adding a general explanation of the encoding for each word I use as the basis for a design.

Here’s how to read the numbers of the encoding.

This reads from bottom to top, right to left – like knitting stitches. The black squares are kind of like stitch markers; the numbers show the count for each digit of the code.

Frost (in base 9) is 06 20 16 21 22. I plotted those numbers on charts in several ways, and picked this one as a starting point.

Since the first digit is zero, I counted zero stitches and placed a black square in the first row, then I counted 6 (moving from the first row to the second), and placed another square after the sixth. Two stitches next, followed by another zero, so there’s two black squares in a row. One stitch, square, six stitches, square, and so on.The black squares are replaced by yarnovers in the final chart.

Then I mirrored the chart horizontally, noticed that there’d be four yarnovers in a row, and decided not to do that this time. So I placed a vertical column of purl stitches to act as a border in between each mirrored repeat.

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. – Naomi

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Quite lovely! I may have to give it a shot, thought lace knitting sometimes intimidates me, but I think I could do this.

Thank you! Let me know if you do – I’d love to see pictures!

I’m about to try your frost but would like to know what you knitted the swatch in and needles used.

Thanks

I don’t have the ball band, I’m afraid – I use odds and ends for my swatches. I do know that it’s a light fingering weight, alpaca/silk, and I used size 5 needles. I tend to be a tight knitter.

Sorry not to be more informative. I’m glad you like it!