Apple Blossom and Scarab: free lace knitting stitch patterns

These came out of staring at a couple of standard stitch patterns for a while and then talking about those with friends. Mind you, these aren’t much like the ones I was staring at, so I can’t really explain how I got from point A to point B. Anyway, I like them.

(These aren’t secret code stitch patterns. It still amuses me that I get to say things like that on my blog.)

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The bottom part is Apple Blossom and the top is Scarab. Scarab is really the same as Apple Blossom except for layout: it’s just offset on alternate repeats. Thanks to my Twitter friends for helping me name them.

Notes:

  • Both stitch patterns are a multiple of 8 + 9 stitches, if one looks at the repeat lines. Scarab is a 12 row repeat (it can also be a 12 + 6 row repeat). Apple Blossom is a 6 row repeat.
  • Purl all wrong side rows.
  • 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.
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Abbreviations:

  • CDD: centered double decrease: slip the next 2 stitches as if to knit 2 together, knit the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the third.
  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • KYOK: (k1, yo, k1) in 1 stitch. Increases 2 stitches.
  • 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.

Apple Blossom:

Apple Blossom: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Apple Blossom: a free lace knitting stitch pattern
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I’ve made a Stitch Map for Apple Blossom.

Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) in 1 stitch, CDD, yo, *k1, yo, CDD, KYOK, CDD, yo; work from *, k1, yo, CDD, (k1, p1) in 1 stitch.
Row 2 and all even rows: purl
Row 3: k1, yo, k2tog, yo, *CDD, yo, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, yo; work from *, CDD, yo, ssk, yo, k1.
Row 5: ssk, yo, ssk, *KYOK, k2tog, yo, CDD, yo, ssk; work from *, KYOK, k2tog, yo, k2tog.

Scarab:

Scarab: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Scarab: a free lace knitting stitch patternI’ve made a Stitch Map for Scarab.

Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) in 1 stitch, CDD, yo, *k1, yo, CDD, KYOK, CDD, yo; work from *, k1, yo, CDD, (k1, p1) in 1 stitch. [17 sts]
Row 2 and all even rows: purl
Row 3: k1, yo, k2tog, yo, *CDD, yo, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, yo; work from *, CDD, yo, ssk, yo, k1.
Row 5: ssk, yo, ssk, *KYOK, k2tog, yo, CDD, yo, ssk; work from *, KYOK, k2tog, yo, k2tog.
Row 7: k1, yo, CDD, *KYOK, CDD, yo, k1, yo, CDD; work from *, KYOK, CDD, yo, k1.
Row 9: (ssk, yo) x 2, *k1, yo, k2tog, yo, CDD, yo, ssk, yo; work from *, k1, (yo, k2tog) x 2.
Row 11: (k1, p1) in 1 stitch, k2tog, yo, *CDD, yo, ssk, KYOK, k2tog, yo; work from *, CDD, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) in 1 stitch.

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