Plangent: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word for this month is plangent, suggested by Catnach on Patreon. It’s a very poetic word, meaning something like the loud noise produced by bells or waves. It sometimes has a sad connotation.

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 this, 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.

The charts are not meant in any way to look like the original words; the words are the seeds of my creativity.

Plangent: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

Plangent: a free lace knitting stitch patter chart, by Naomi Parkhurst
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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.
  • Plangent is a multiple of 14 + 15 stitches.
  • 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:

  • 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)
  • kyok: (k1, yo, k1) in next stitch.
  • 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): k5, k2tog, yo, *k1, yo, ssk, k9, k2tog, yo; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, k5.
Row 2 (WS): purl.
Row 3: (k1, p1) in 1 stitch, k1, (k2tog, yo) x 2, *cdd, (yo, ssk) x 2, k1, kyok, k1, (k2tog, yo) x 2; work from *, cdd, (yo, ssk) x 2, k1, (k1, p1) in 1 stitch.
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: k2, k2tog, yo, cdd, yo, *kyok, yo, cdd, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, cdd, yo; work from *, kyok, yo, cdd, yo, ssk, k2.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: k2, ssk x 2, yo x 2, k1, *k2, yo x 2, k2tog x 2, k3, ssk x 2, yo x 2, k1; work from *, k2, yo x 2, k2tog x 2, k2.
Row 8: p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2; work from *, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4.
Row 9: k2, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, *k1, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog; work from *, k1, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k2.
Row 10: p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, *p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3; work from *, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3.
Row 11: k1, k2tog, (k1, yo) x 2, k2tog, *k1, ssk, (yo, k1) x 2, ssk, k1, k2tog, (k1, yo) x 2, k2tog; work from *, k1, ssk, (yo, k1) x 2, ssk, k1.
Row 12: purl.
Row 13: k2tog, k1, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, *k1, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k1, cdd, k1, yo, k2, yo, k2tog; work from *, k1, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k1, ssk.
Row 14: purl.
Row 15: k5, k2tog, *kyok, ssk, k9, k2tog; work from *, kyok, ssk, k5.
Row 16: purl.
Row 17: k1, yo, ssk, k4, *k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k4; work from *, k5, k2tog, yo, k1.
Row 18: purl.
Row 19: (ssk, yo) x 2, ssk, k1, *kyok, k1, (k2tog, yo) x 2, cdd, (yo, ssk) x 2, k1; work from *, kyok, k1, (k2tog, yo) x 2, k2tog.
Row 20: purl.
Row 21: (k1, p1) in 1 stitch, yo, cdd, yo, ssk, k1, *k2, k2tog, yo, cdd, yo, kyok, yo, cdd, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, k2, k2tog, yo, cdd, yo, (k1, p1) in 1 stitch.
Row 22: purl.
Row 23: k2, yo x 2, k2tog x 2, k1, *k2, ssk x 2, yo x 2, k3, yo x 2, k2tog x 2, k1; work from *, k2, ssk x 2, yo x 2, k2.
Row 24: p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4, *p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4; work from *, p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2.
Row 25: k1, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k1, *k2, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yo x 2, ssk, k1; work from *, k2, k2tog, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k1.
Row 26: p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, *p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3; work from *, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3.
Row 27: k1, ssk, (yo, k1) x 2, ssk, *k1, k2tog, (k1, yo) x 2, k2tog, k1, ssk, (yo, k1) x 2, ssk; work from *, k1, k2tog, (k1, yo) x 2, k2tog, k1.
Row 28: purl.
Row 29: k1, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k1, *cdd, k1, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k1; work from *, cdd, k1, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 30: purl.
Row 31: (k1, p1) in 1 stitch, ssk, k4, *k5, k2tog, kyok, ssk, k4; work from *, k5, k2tog, (k1, p1) in 1 stitch.
Row 32: purl.

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