Synergy: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Synergy, suggested by Nim on Patreon. I like the word, and I like the result!

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. I make two of these into knitting stitches each month: the first is drawn from the collection of new words; the second is drawn from the collection of unused words. A random number generator helps me choose these, 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.

Synergy: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst. (photo of swatch)

Synergy: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst. (chart)
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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.
  • The repeats in the charts and the text aren’t in the same places. (The double YOs complicate writing the repeats logically in the text.)
  • Synergy is a multiple of 16+16 stitches and 32 rows (or 32+16 – you can stop after row 16).
  • I’ve 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:

  • 1/1 RC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • yo: yarnover.

Row 1 (RS): k1, yo, k1, ssk, k4, *k4, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k4; work from *, k4, k2tog, k1, yo, k1.
Row 2 (WS): purl.
Row 3: k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, *k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk; work from *, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3.
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: k3, k2tog, yo, ssk, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, yo, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo, ssk, yo; work from *, 1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, yo, ssk, k3.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: k2, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k2.
Row 8: p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, *p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3; work from *, p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3.
Row 9: k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k2, *k2, ssk, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k2; work from *, k2, ssk, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1.
Row 10: purl.
Row 11: k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo x 2, k1, *k1, yo x 2, k3, DSD, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo x 2, k1; work from *, k1, yo x 2, k3, DSD, k1.
Row 12: p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p10, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1; work from *, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5.
Row 13: k1, ssk, k4, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, k4, k2tog, k2, ssk, k4, yo; work from *, 1/1 RC, yo, k4, k2tog, k1.
Row 14: purl.
Row 15: k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, *yo x 2, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog; work from *, yo x 2, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1.
Row 16: p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p14, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p7.
Row 17: k4, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, *k1, yo, k1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k4.
Row 18: purl.
Row 19: k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, *k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3; work from *, k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk.
Row 20: purl.
Row 21: k1, yo, k2tog, yo, ssk, k3, *k3, k2tog, yo, ssk, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, yo, ssk, k3; work from *, k3, k2tog, yo, ssk, yo, k1.
Row 22: purl.
Row 23: k1, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k2, *k2, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k2; work from *, k2, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, ssk, k1.
Row 24: p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, *p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3; work from *, p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3.
Row 25: k2, ssk, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k4, ssk, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k2.
Row 26: purl.
Row 27: k1, yo x 2, k3, DSD, k1, *k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo x 2, k2, yo x 2, k3, DSD, k1; work from *, k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo x 2, k1.
Row 28: p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5, *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *, p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1.
Row 29: k1, yo, k4, k2tog, k1, *k1, ssk, k4, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, k4, k2tog, k1; work from *, k1, ssk, k4, yo, k1.
Row 30: purl.
Row 31: yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo.
Row 32: p8, *p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, p7; work from *, p8.

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