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.
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 *.
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.
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