Glacier: a pair of free lace knitting stitch patterns

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Glacier, suggested by Linda and Asimina 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, which I call my word hoard. 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.

Glacier: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, version 1, by Naomi Parkhurst (swatch photo)

Notes:

  • These are stitch patterns such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. They are not patterns for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • Both are a multiple of 16+16 stitches. Version 1 is a multiple of 10 rows; version 2 is a multiple of 20 rows.
  • I’ve made stitch maps for them: version 1, version 2.
  • The swatch shows 32 stitches horizontally. I worked version 1 three times vertically, and version 2 once.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Glacier: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, version 1, by Naomi Parkhurst (chart)
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Version 1

Row 1 (RS): ssk, yo x 2, ssk, yo, k1, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, k2tog, ssk, yo x 2, ssk, yo, k1, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, k2tog.
Row 2 (WS): 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 3: ssk, k1, yo x 2, sk2p, yo x 2, ssk, *k2tog, yo x 2, DSD, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, ssk, k1, yo x 2, sk2p, yo x 2, ssk; work from *, k2tog, yo x 2, DSD, yo x 2, k1, k2tog.
Row 4: p2, [(k1, p1) in double yo, p1] x 2, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4, [(k1, p1) in double yo, p1] x 2; work from *, p1, [(k1, p1) in double yo, p1] x 2, p1.
Row 5: ssk, (k1, yo) x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, *ssk, k2tog, (yo, k1) x 2, k2tog, ssk, (k1, yo) x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2; work from *, ssk, k2tog, (yo, k1) x 2, k2tog.
Row 6: p7, *(k1, p1) in double yo, p14; work from *, (k1, p1) in double yo, p7.
Row 7: yo, ssk, k3, ssk, yo, k1, *k1, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k3, ssk, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo.
Row 8: p8, *p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, p7; work from *, p8.
Row 9: k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, *k1, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1.
Row 10: purl.

Glacier: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, version 2, by Naomi Parkhurst (chart)
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Version 2

Row 1 (RS): k1, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, yo x 2, k2tog, *ssk, yo x 2, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, yo x 2, k2tog; work from *, ssk, yo x 2, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, k1.
Row 2 (WS): 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 3: k2tog, yo x 2, DSD, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, *ssk, k1, yo x 2, sk2p, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, DSD, yo x 2, k1, k2tog; work from *, ssk, k1, yo x 2, sk2p, yo x 2, ssk.
Row 4: p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, *p2, [(k1, p1) in double yo, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2] x 2; work from *, p2, [(k1, p1) in double yo, p1] x 2.
Row 5: yo, ssk, k2tog, (yo, k1) x 2, k2tog, *ssk, (k1, yo) x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, (yo, k1) x 2, k2tog; work from *, ssk, (k1, yo) x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo.
Row 6: p8, *p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, p7; work from *, p8.
Row 7: k1, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, *yo x 2, ssk, k3, ssk, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog; work from *, yo x 2, ssk, k3, ssk, yo, k1.
Row 8: p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p14, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p7.
Row 9: k1, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo; work from *, 1/1 RC, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1.
Row 10: purl.
Row 11: ssk, yo x 2, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, (ssk, yo x 2, k2tog) x 2, yo, k1, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, yo x 2, k2tog.
Row 12: 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 13: ssk, k1, yo x 2, sk2p, yo x 2, ssk, *k2tog, yo x 2, DSD, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, ssk, k1, yo x 2, sk2p, yo x 2, ssk; work from *, k2tog, yo x 2, DSD, yo x 2, k1, k2tog.
Row 14: p2, [(k1, p1) in double yo, p1] x 2, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4, [(k1, p1) in double yo, p1] x 2; work from *, p1, [(k1, p1) in double yo, p1] x 2, p1.
Row 15: ssk, (k1, yo) x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, *ssk, k2tog, (yo, k1) x 2, k2tog, ssk, (k1, yo) x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2; work from *, ssk, k2tog, (yo, k1) x 2, k2tog.
Row 16: p7, *(k1, p1) in double yo, p14; work from *, (k1, p1) in double yo, p7.
Row 17: yo, ssk, k3, ssk, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k3, ssk, yo; work from *, 1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo.
Row 18: p8, *p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, p7; work from *, p8.
Row 19: k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, *k1, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1.
Row 20: purl.

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