August’s stitch pattern word is *heatwave,* suggested by Susan on Patreon.

I’m really pleased with the way this one came out. I encoded each of the words *heat* and *wave* separately in the same size template, and then stacked them on top of each other to design the lace. I think each word should work as a separate stitch pattern, though I ran out of time to swatch them.

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. A random number generator helps me choose the word of the month, and then I get to work, first turning the letters into numbers, then charting the numbers onto grids in various ways. Finally, when I make the chart into lace, I turn the marked squares into yarnovers and work out where to place the corresponding decreases. (I usually make lace; occasionally I make cables instead.) I also make a chart for any craft that uses a square grid for designing; this goes in a separate post.

### Notes:

*Heatwave*is a multiple of 18+1 stitches and 24 rows. The first 12 rows would be a complete stitch pattern; I liked the way it looked when I offset the design halfway on the second time through the pattern.- I’ve made a stitch map for it.
- I tried to design this so it could be split apart into its component words.
*Heat*is rows 7-12 & 19-24;*wave*is rows 1-6 & 13-18. The links will take you to the stitch map for each word. I didn’t have time to swatch the individual words, unfortunately. - 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:

- 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.
- DSD: double slip decrease; ssk, slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle, pass the next stitch over, then slip the result. (Right-leaning double decrease. Substitute knit 3 together if desired; they are similar but don’t look quite the same.)
- k: knit.
- k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
- k3tog: knit 3 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning double decrease)
- p: purl.
- sk2p: slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over. (Left-leaning 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)
- sssk: slip each of the next 3 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning double decrease. Substitute sk2p if desired.)
- yo: yarnover.

Row 1 (RS): *p1, k2tog, yo, k4, ssk, yo, p1, yo, k2tog, k4, yo, ssk; work from *, p1.

Row 2 (WS): k1, *(p8, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 3: *p1, yo, sk2p, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1, DSD, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 4: k1, *(p8, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 5: *p1, yo x 2, cdd, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, p1, k2, yo, ssk, k1, cdd, yo x 2; work from *, p1.

Row 6: k1, *k1, p7, k1, p6, k1, p1, k1; work from *.

Row 7: *p1, yo x 2, k3tog, k2tog, yo, k3tog, yo x 2, p1, yo x 2, sssk, yo, ssk, sssk, yo x 2; work from *, p1.

Row 8: k1, *k1, p5, k1, p1, k2, p5, k1, p1, k1; work from *.

Row 9: *p1, k2, cdd, k2, yo x 2, k1, p1, k1, yo x 2, k2, cdd, k2; work from *, p1.

Row 10: k1, *p5, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p6, k1; work from *.

Row 11: *p1, k1, k2tog, k5, yo, p1, yo, k5, ssk, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 12: k1, *(p8, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 13: *p1, yo, k2tog, k4, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k4, ssk, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 14: k1, *(p8, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 15: *p1, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1, DSD, yo, p1, yo, sk2p, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 16: k1, *(p8, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 17: *p1, k2, yo, ssk, k1, cdd, yo x 2, p1, yo x 2, cdd, k1, k2tog, yo, k2; work from *, p1.

Row 18: k1, *p6, k1, p1, k2, p7, k1; work from *.

Row 19: *p1, yo x 2, sssk, yo, ssk, sssk, yo x 2, p1, yo x 2, k3tog, k2tog, yo, k3tog, yo x 2; work from *, p1.

Row 20: k1, *k1, p5, k1, p1, k2, p5, k1, p1, k1; work from *.

Row 21: *p1, k1, yo x 2, k2, cdd, k2, p1, k2, cdd, k2, yo x 2, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 22: k1, *p1, k1, p6, k1, p5, k1, p2, k1; work from *.

Row 23: *p1, yo, k5, ssk, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, k5, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 24: k1, *(p8, k1) x 2; work from *.

### Encoding process:

I encoded *heatwave* in base 10, which turns the letters into 08 05 01 22 25 01 24 05.

The section outlined in red is the grid on which I encoded *heatwave*; the bottom three rows are *heat* and the top three are *wave. *I started in the bottom right corner. The first digit is 0, so I counted zero squares and placed a mark. Then I counted 8 squares, jumping up to the next line when I ran out of squares; then I placed a black square to mark off the boundary of eight. The next digit is zero again, so I immediately placed another mark to show that there were zero squares, and so on.

Once I had charted all the numbers, I mirrored the result and decided to place some border columns so as not to have quadruple yarnovers. I made these purl columns to show that they were different.

And then because I know something about how diagonal lines of yarnovers work, I flipped everything vertically:

I replaced all the black marks with yarnovers, inserted plain wrong side rows in alternation with the lacy right side rows, and set to work swatching. The result is above!

I really like this one as well!

Thank you!

It’s great that you were able to stack the two components, and they work so nicely together!

Thank you!