This isn’t secret code. This is the result of starting a secret code swatch back in August and having to start over because there were excellent skull faces in it. (It was not appropriate to have skull faces in that particular context.)
I’ve fiddled a bit with the design – removing the non-skull bits and elongating the top a bit. I’m not sure the proportions are anatomically correct, but I like the effect, so.
Pattern repeats over 10 stitches and 15 rows. I put a few plain rows of stockinette above and below the single vertical repeat that I worked for the swatch.
- 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: yarn over.
Row 1 (RS): *K2, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2.*
Row 2 and all even rows: purl, working (k1, p1) in each double yo.
Row 3: *K1, 1/1 RC, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, 1/1 LC, k1.*
Row 5: *(K2tog, yo) x 2, k2, (yo, ssk) x 2.*
Row 7: *Yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo.*
Row 9: *K1, ssk, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, k2tog, k1.*
Row 11: *K1, yo, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo, k1.*
Row 13: *K1, yo, k2tog, k4, ssk, yo, k1.*
Row 15: *K2, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k2.*
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. Thanks! – Naomi
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