Hibernate: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

This month’s Patreon-funded stitch pattern is based on the word hibernate, suggested by Maura.  Sometimes I wish I could hibernate at this time of year, but it really is a good time for knitting.

It is large and elaborate, and I like the way there’s almost little paisleys in it. (I could have made them more overt, but it would require either combining two decreases with a 1/1 RT, or doing a 1/1 RT on a wrong side row. I will leave this as an exercise for the reader.)

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Hibernate: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

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Chart doesn’t show wrong side rows: purl across, knitting the stitches that were purled on the front and working (k1, p1) in each double yarnover.

This is a little larger than absolutely necessary; I charted the numbers on six-sided areas, and I thought it might be interesting to work the partial hexagons at top and bottom in stockinette only.

Pattern repeats over 14+1 stitches and 40+28 rows. (To work just a single hexagon requires only 28 rows.)

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.

I’ve made a Stitch Map for Hibernate.

Row 1 (RS): *(P1, k6) x 2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 2 (WS): K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 3: *P1, k4, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k4 ; work from *, p1.
Row 4: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 5: *P1, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, ssk, k3 ; work from *, p1.
Row 6: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 7: *P1, k2, k2tog, k2, yo, p1, yo, k2, ssk, k2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 8: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 9: *P1, k1, yo, k2tog, CDD, yo x 2, p1, yo x 2, CDD, ssk, yo, k1 ; work from *, p1.
Row 10: K1, *p4, k1, p1, k2, p5, k1 ; work from *.
Row 11: *P1, k2, ssk, k2, yo, p1, yo, k2, k2tog, k2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 12: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 13: *P1, k2, ssk, k1, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 14: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 15: *P1, ssk, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, p1, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2tog ; work from *, p1.
Row 16: K1, *p4, k1, p1, k2, p5, k1 ; work from *.
Row 17: *(P1, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1) x 2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 18: K1, *(p2, k1, p3, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 19: *P1, k2tog, yo, k2, ssk, yo, p1, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, ssk ; work from *, p1.
Row 20: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 21: *P1, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, ssk, p1, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k1 ; work from *, p1.
Row 22: K1, *(p2, k1, p3, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 23: *P1, yo, ssk, k4, p1, k4, k2tog, yo ; work from *, p1.
Row 24: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 25: *P1, k1, yo, ssk, k3, p1, k3, k2tog, yo, k1 ; work from *, p1.
Row 26: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 27: *P1, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo ; work from *, p1.
Row 28: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 29: *P1, yo x 2, CDD, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, ssk, CDD, yo x 2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 30: K1, *k1, p5, k1, p4, k1, p1, k1 ; work from *.
Row 31: *P1, yo, k2, k2tog, k2, p1, k2, ssk, k2, yo ; work from *, p1.
Row 32: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 33: *P1, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k2, p1, k2, ssk, k1, yo, k1 ; work from *, p1.
Row 34: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 35: *P1, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 36: K1, *k1, p5, k1, p4, k1, p1, k1 ; work from *.
Row 37: *(P1, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1) x 2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 38: K1, *(p2, k1, p3, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 39: *P1, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k2, ssk, yo ; work from *, p1.
Row 40: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 41: *P1, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, ssk ; work from *, p1.
Row 42: K1, *(p2, k1, p3, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 43: *P1, k4, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k4 ; work from *, p1.
Row 44: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 45: *P1, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, ssk, k3 ; work from *, p1.
Row 46: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 47: *P1, yo, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, p1, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, yo ; work from *, p1.
Row 48: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 49: *P1, k1, yo, ssk, CDD, yo x 2, p1, yo x 2, CDD, k2tog, yo, k1 ; work from *, p1.
Row 50: K1, *p4, k1, p1, k2, p5, k1 ; work from *.
Row 51: *P1, k2, ssk, k2, yo, p1, yo, k2, k2tog, k2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 52: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 53: *P1, k2, ssk, k1, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 54: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Repeat Rows 15-54 as desired.

Row 55: *P1, ssk, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, p1, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2tog ; work from *, p1.
Row 56: K1, *p4, k1, p1, k2, p5, k1 ; work from *.
Row 57: *(P1, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1) x 2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 58: K1, *(p2, k1, p3, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 59: *P1, k2tog, yo, k2, ssk, yo, p1, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, ssk ; work from *, p1.
Row 60: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 61: *P1, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, ssk, p1, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k1 ; work from *, p1.
Row 62: K1, *(p2, k1, p3, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Row 63: *(P1, k6) x 2 ; work from *, p1.
Row 64: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.
Rows 65 – 66: Repeat rows 63 – 64.
Row 67: *P1, k4, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k4 ; work from *, p1.
Row 68: K1, *(p6, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Hibernate in base 6 is 12 13 02 05 30 22 01 32 05. I’ve been playing with charting my encoded words on triangles in the last few months; this time I thought I’d try it with a half hexagon. Here’s how to read it.

hibernate encoded hexagon
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The orange squares are an outline for the encoded section; they don’t count for the encoded section. Start in the bottom right square, and work upward, reading right to left. Each black square functions kind of like a stitch marker, marking off how many squares have just been counted. So I counted 1 stitch, and since I couldn’t mark a square in the same row, I moved up to the next row. The next digit is 2; I counted 1, and then had to move up to the next row to count a second square. Its marker stitch is in the middle of that row. Then 1, with the marker square on the next line. The next digit is 3, so I counted 3 and marked the square on the next line. This is followed by zero, so I immediately placed another square with no counted squares between. And so on.

I mirrored the half hexagon, replaced the marker squares with yarnovers, and saw that there were going to be four yarnovers in a row on two lines. This is certainly possible, but I like to break these up to make the stitch pattern easier. So I inserted extra boundary columns all in purl stitches (as an indicator that they were boundaries). I often like the way the purl columns interact with lace in any case, and they provide more obvious opportunities for beads.

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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