Lace Crescent rib: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Here’s a stitch pattern I’ve been thinking of posting for a while, so much so that I thought I’d already posted it or that it was already in someone else’s stitch dictionary. I spent some time searching my blog and Stitch Maps, and then I started flipping through my books. I finally found the pattern in question, and it wasn’t the same. It is a related stitch, so I can see why I had a strong case of déja vu: Openwork Hourglass, in Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns. (I had in fact posted about it about a year ago.)

Openwork Hourglass and Lace Crescent Rib both have the same yarnover motif, which is one that turns up in a lot of my stitch patterns. This might make them good choices for coordinating stitches for my work. I have two more posts on the Lace Crescent theme coming up in the next couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Lace Crescent Rib: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

This week I’ve included two variations, one working (k1, p1) in the double YOs and one using the pyop/bunny ears method. The right-hand column of the swatch shows version 1; the other two columns are version 2. I like them both in different ways – the curve of the decrease lines is subtly different between the two methods.

Notes:

  • These are stitch patterns such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. They are not patterns for finished objects. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • Lace crescent rib is a multiple of 8 stitches and 4 rows. The number of stitches varies by the row in version 2. Adjust the repeat if you like by adding or deleting purl columns.
  • I’ve made stitch maps for version 1 and version 2.
  • 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.
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Version 1:

Lace Crescent Rib version 1: a free lace knitting stitch pattern chart, by Naomi Parkhurst
click chart to enlarge

Abbreviations:

  • 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): *p1, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1, p1; work from *.
Row 2 (WS): *k1, p2, k1, p3, k1; work from *.
Row 3: *p1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, p1; work from *.
Row 4: *k1, p6, k1; work from *.

Version 2:

Lace Crescent Rib version 2: a free lace knitting stitch pattern chart, by Naomi Parkhurst
Click chart to enlarge

Abbreviations:

  • bunny ears back: slip 1 stitch as if to knit. Knit the next stitch without removing it from the left needle. Pass the slipped stitch over the new stitch on the right needle. K2tog. (Turns 3 stitches into 2.)
  • 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): *p1, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1, p1; work from *.
Row 2 (WS): *k1, p2, (p1, yo, p1) in double yo, p2, k1; work from *. [multiple of 9 sts]
Row 3: *p1, k2tog, yo, bunny ears back, yo, ssk, p1; work from *. [multiple of 8 sts]
Row 4: *k1, p6, k1; work from *.

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