Rune: a free cable knitting stitch pattern

The first word I encoded for Patreon this month was Rune, suggested by Catnach on Patreon. Sometimes I make an extra cable design from the encoded word (when it’s a short enough word); this is one of those times.

I ran out of time to knit a swatch for this post. I still hope to do so, but in the meantime, I’ve included the colored-in cable chart I made to make sure I’d put the cable crosses in the right directions. I’ve applied a photo filter on top to make it look a bit better.

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.

1b9e7ad6-b754-4df9-8bad-07eb531aef10-577-000000c42fc90da6

041534f4-955a-4f76-a8dd-2da89ac38727

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.
  • I’ve written it to be knit in the round because it has cables on almost every round.
  • Rune is a multiple of 12+14 stitches and 44+2 rows.
  • 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 LC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at front of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • 1/1 LPC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at front of work, purl 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • 1/1 RC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • 1/1 RPC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then purl 1 from cable needle.
  • k: knit.
  • p: purl.

Round 1: (k1, p1) x 2, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) x 2. [26 sts]
Round 2: (k1, p1) x 2, k2, *p2, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2; work from *, p2, k2, (p1, k1) x 2.
Round 3: (k1, p1) x 2, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) x 2.
Round 4: (k1, p1) x 2, k1, *1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1; work from *, 1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) x 2, k1.
Round 5: (k1, p1) x 3, *1/1 LC, (p1, k1) x 2, p2, (k1, p1) x 2; work from *, 1/1 LC, (p1, k1) x 3.
Round 6: k1, p1, k1, 1/1 RPC, p1, *k2, p1, 1/1 LPC, k1, p2, k1, 1/1 RPC, p1; work from *, k2, p1, 1/1 LPC, k1, p1, k1.
Round 7: k1, p1, 1/1 LC, p2, *k2, (p2, 1/1 LC) x 2, p2; work from *, k2, p2, 1/1 LC, p1, k1.
Round 8: k1, 1/1 RPC, k1, p2, *k2, p2, k1, 1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, k1, p2; work from *, k2, p2, k1, 1/1 LPC, k1.
Round 9: 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2, *k2, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2; work from *, k2, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC.
Round 10: k2, p1, k1, p2, *k2, p2, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p2; work from *, k2, p2, k1, p1, k2.
Round 11: k2, p1, 1/1 LPC, p1, *1/1 LC, p1, 1/1 RPC, p1, k2, p1, 1/1 LPC, p1; work from *, 1/1 LC, p1, 1/1 RPC, p1, k2.
Round 12: k2, p2, k1, *1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1; work from *, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, k1, p2, k2.
Round 13: k2, p2, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p2, k2, p2, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, p2, k2.
Round 14: k2, p2, k2, *(p2, k2) x 3; work from *, (p2, k2) x 2.
Round 15: k1, 1/1 LPC, p1, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p1, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, p1, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, p1, 1/1 RPC, k1.
Round 16: (k1, p1) x 2, k2, *p2, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2; work from *, p2, k2, (p1, k1) x 2.
Round 17: (k1, p1) x 2, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) x 2.
Round 18: k1, p1, k1, 1/1 RPC, k1, *p2, k1, 1/1 LPC, k1, p2, k1, 1/1 RPC, k1; work from *, p2, k1, 1/1 LPC, k1, p1, k1.
Round 19: k1, p1, 1/1 LC, p1, *1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, p1, 1/1 LC, p2, 1/1 LC, p1; work from *, 1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, p1, 1/1 LC, p1, k1.
Round 20: k1, p1, k2, p2, *(k2, p2) x 3; work from *, k2, (p2, k1) x 2.
Round 21: k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LPC, p1, *1/1 LC, p1, 1/1 RPC, k1, p2, k1, 1/1 LPC, p1; work from *, 1/1 LC, p1, 1/1 RPC, k1, p1, k1.
Round 22: (k1, p1) x 2, k1, *1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1; work from *, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, (k1, p1) x 2, k1.
Round 23: (k1, p1) x 2, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) x 2.
Round 24: (k1, p1) x 2, k1, *1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1; work from *, 1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) x 2, k1.
Round 25: k1, p1, k1, 1/1 RPC, p1, *1/1 LC, p1, 1/1 LPC, k1, p2, k1, 1/1 RPC, p1; work from *, 1/1 LC, p1, 1/1 LPC, k1, p1, k1.
Round 26: k1, p1, k2, p2, *(k2, p2) x 3; work from *, k2, (p2, k1) x 2.
Round 27: k1, p1, 1/1 LC, p1, *1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, p1, 1/1 LC, p2, 1/1 LC, p1; work from *, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, p1, 1/1 LC, p1, k1.
Round 28: k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LPC, k1, *p2, k1, 1/1 RPC, k1, p2, k1, 1/1 LPC, k1; work from *, p2, k1, 1/1 RPC, k1, p1, k1.
Round 29: (k1, p1) x 2, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) x 2.
Round 30: (k1, p1) x 2, k2, *p2, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2; work from *, p2, k2, (p1, k1) x 2.
Round 31: k1, 1/1 RPC, p1, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p1, 1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, p1, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, p1, 1/1 LPC, k1.
Round 32: k2, p2, k2, *(p2, k2) x 3; work from *, (p2, k2) x 2.
Round 33: k2, p2, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p2, k2, p2, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, p2, k2.
Round 34: k2, p2, k1, *1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1; work from *, 1/1 LPC, 1/1 RPC, k1, p2, k2.
Round 35: k2, p1, 1/1 RPC, p1, *1/1 LC, p1, 1/1 LPC, p1, k2, p1, 1/1 RPC, p1; work from *, 1/1 LC, p1, 1/1 LPC, p1, k2.
Round 36: k2, p1, k1, p2, *k2, p2, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p2; work from *, k2, p2, k1, p1, k2.
Round 37: 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2, *k2, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2; work from *, k2, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC.
Round 38: k1, 1/1 LPC, k1, p2, *k2, p2, k1, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, k1, p2; work from *, k2, p2, k1, 1/1 RPC, k1.
Round 39: k1, p1, 1/1 LC, p2, *k2, (p2, 1/1 LC) x 2, p2; work from *, k2, p2, 1/1 LC, p1, k1.
Round 40: k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LPC, p1, *k2, p1, 1/1 RPC, k1, p2, k1, 1/1 LPC, p1; work from *, k2, p1, 1/1 RPC, k1, p1, k1.
Round 41: (k1, p1) x 3, *1/1 LC, (p1, k1) x 2, p2, (k1, p1) x 2; work from *, 1/1 LC, (p1, k1) x 3.
Round 42: (k1, p1) x 2, k1, *1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1; work from *, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, (k1, p1) x 2, k1.
Round 43: (k1, p1) x 2, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) x 2.
Round 44: (k1, p1) x 2, k2, *p2, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2; work from *, p2, k2, (p1, k1) x 2.
Round 45: (k1, p1) x 2, 1/1 RC, *p2, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, 1/1 RC; work from *, p2, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) x 2.
Round 46: (k1, p1) x 2, k2, *p2, k2, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k2; work from *, p2, k2, (p1, k1) x 2.

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