Coffee: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

This month, the random number generator chose coffee, suggested by Nim. I have a little feeling that a lot of you will be very pleased right now, as I know just how many people love coffee. I’ve never acquired a taste for the beverage myself (I’m a tea drinker), but I do love the way the stitch pattern came out!

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.

Coffee: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Coffee: a free lace knitting stitch pattern
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Notes:

  • 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.
  • Coffee is a multiple of 18 stitches and 20 rows.
  • Rows 11-20 are the same as rows 1-10, offset horizontally by nine stitches.
  • Purl all wrong-side rows, working (k1, p1) in each double yarnover
  • 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.
  • If you like my posts like this, please consider supporting me on Patreon or donating with my Paypal tip jar in the sidebar. Thanks!

Abbreviations:

  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • yo: yarnover.

Row 1 (RS): *k1, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k4, yo, k2tog, k1; work from *.
Row 2 and all even rows: purl across, working (k1, p1) in each double yo.
Row 3: *yo, k2tog, k3, k3tog, yo x 2, k2, yo x 2, sssk, k3, ssk, yo; work from *.
Row 5: *k4, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k4; work from *.
Row 7: *k3, k2tog, yo x 2, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2, yo x 2, ssk, k3; work from *.
Row 9: *k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog x 2, yo x 2, ssk x 2, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k2; work from *.
Row 11: *yo, ssk, k4, yo, k2tog, k2, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog, yo; work from *.
Row 13: *k1, yo x 2, sssk, k3, ssk, yo x 2, k2tog, k3, k3tog, yo x 2, k1; work from *.
Row 15: *ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k8, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog; work from *.
Row 17: *ssk, k2, yo x 2, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo x 2, k2, k2tog; work from *.
Row 19: *yo, ssk x 2, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k4, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog x 2, yo; work from *.

Encoding explanation for the curious:

The first thing I did was to turn the letters of coffee into numbers, using base 10: 03 15 06 06 05 05 . (I picked base 10 because I liked the resulting charts.)

Then I charted them in various ways, and picked this one:

coffee-process-1I started in the bottom right corner, because so does knitting. The first digit of coffee is zero, so I counted no squares and filled the next square to the left with black. The second digit is 3, so I counted three squares and marked the next to the left. Then I needed to count 5. I could fit two squares on the bottom row, so I jumped to the next row on the right end and continued counting 3-5, marking the next square to the left. Then zero again, so I marked a second square in a row. I continued until all the squares for each digit were marked.
coffee-process-2Then I mirrored it .coffee-process-3Finally I flipped it vertically, and made a second vertical repeat offset halfway. After that, I replaced the black squares with yarnovers and figured out where to place the corresponding decreases.

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