Sprout: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

October’s stitch pattern word is sprout, suggested by Rebecca on Patreon. She suggested it quite a while ago, and it went into the word hoard I keep for months when nobody suggests anything. (Would you like to suggest words for me to encode as stitch patterns?) While it’s not spring where I am, it’s certainly spring in the Southern Hemisphere, so sprout seems apt.

I thought I’d try a different layout from usual, and I’m still thinking about the results and what I learned from them. I didn’t quite like this lace until I blocked it, and then I saw that it looked even more like leafy vines than I’d thought.

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.

I like it better the other way up, but this way matches the instructions.


  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. It is not a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • Sprout is a multiple of 8 stitches and 24 rows. The first 12 rows are a complete encoding; I repeated the pattern a second time, but flipped the pattern to face the other way.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it.
  • 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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  • 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)
  • 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: yarnover.

Row 1 (RS): *k4, k2tog, yo, k2; work from *.
Row 2 and all WS rows: purl.
Row 3: *k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, yo; work from *.
Row 5: *k1, yo, (k1, k2tog) x 2, yo, k1; work from *.
Row 7: *yo, ssk, cdd, (k1, yo) x 2, k1; work from *.
Row 9: *k1, cdd, (k2, yo) x 2; work from *.
Row 11: *k1, 1/1 LC, k2, yo, k2tog, k1; work from *.
Row 13: *k2, yo, ssk, k4; work from *.
Row 15: *yo, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *.
Row 17: *k1, yo, (ssk, k1) x 2, yo, k1; work from *.
Row 19: *(k1, yo) x 2, k1, cdd, k2tog, yo; work from *.
Row 21: *(yo, k2) x 2, cdd, k1; work from *.
Row 23: *k1, ssk, yo, k2, 1/1 RC, k1; work from *.

(Ordinarily I would include an explanation of the encoding here, but technical difficulties with our internet connection have me running late with this post as it is. I hope to put the explanation up in a few days.)