meta Lace: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Nim suggested lace for this month, which I think is apt and funny. I like the result! I’m calling it meta Lace because it is lace about lace, in a way. Also, it will be easier to search my blog for “meta lace” than it would be for “lace”. (This month, only one person on Patreon gave me a word to turn into lace, so I didn’t use a random number generator to pick one.)

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. A random number generator usually 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.

meta Lace: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

meta Lace: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Notes:

  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. This is not a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • meta Lace is a multiple of 10+10 stitches and 10 rows.
  • I have made a stitch map for it.
  • Designers, please feel free to use it 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:

  • 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): k1, ssk, k1, yo, k1, *k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k2, ssk, k1, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k1.
Row 2 (WS): purl.
Row 3: yo, cdd, yo x 2, k2tog, *ssk, (yo x 2, cdd) x 2, yo x 2, k2tog; work from *, ssk, yo x 2, cdd, yo.
Row 4: p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, *p1, [(k1, p1) in double yo, p1] x 3; work from *, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2.
Row 5: yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, *ssk, k1, ssk, yo x 2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo x 2; work from *, ssk, k1, ssk, yo.
Row 6: p4, *[(k1, p1) in double yo, p3] x 2; work from *, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4.
Row 7: k2, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, *k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1, yo x 2; work from *, k1, ssk, k2.
Row 8: p4, *(k1, p1) in double yo, p8; work from *, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4.
Row 9: k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, *k1, yo, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k1.
Row 10: purl.

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