Happy 2016: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Last year I made a stitch pattern for 2015 using the digits of the year as the basis for the design. I had so much fun doing it that I thought I’d do it again.

Happy New Year! May the year ahead be peaceful and content, with lots of time for knitting or whatever things you like to make.

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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.
  • The code section is encompassed within each diamond.
  • 2016 is a multiple of 10 stitches and 10 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it.
  • 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.
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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)
  • 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: yarnover.

Row 1 (RS): *k2, yo, k1, k2tog, ssk, k1, yo, k2, rep from *.
Row 2 and all even rows: purl, working (k1, p1) in each double YO.
Row 3: *k3, 1/1 RC, 1/1 LC, k3, rep from *.
Row 5: *k2, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2, rep from *.
Row 7: *k1, cdd, yo, k1, yo x 2, k1, yo, cdd, k1, rep from *.
Row 9: *1/1 RC, k6, 1/1 LC, rep from *.
Row 11: *ssk, k1, yo, k4, yo, k1, k2tog, rep from *.
Row 13: *1/1 LC, k6, 1/1 RC, rep from *.
Row 15: *k1, yo, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo, k1, rep from *.
Row 17: *yo, k1, yo, cdd, k2, cdd, yo, k1, yo, rep from *.
Row 19: *k3, 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC, k3, rep from *.

2016 layout

For the bulk of my lace stitch patterns, I lay out the yarnovers first and then work out where I want the decreases. This time I laid them out on a half diamond shape, then mirrored them

The orange squares are a border to outline the diamond. I ignored them while doing the actual layout. I started at the bottom, working right to left, top to bottom, like knitting. The black squares are kind of like stitch markers in terms of marking off a section of square; the numbers show the count for each digit of the code.

Since the first digit of 2016 is 2, I counted one stitch in the first row. Since I had to count another, I moved on to the second row, then placed a black square. Then I counted 0 (moving from the second row to the third), then 1, and then 6. Just as a page of a book can have a lot of blank space at the bottom, this triangle has a lot of blank space at the top.  The black squares are replaced by yarnovers in the final chart.

 

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