Lace Crescents v2: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Here’s the sequel to last week’s Lace Crescents post. I found myself looking at the edges of the vertical repeats and thinking that I could reduce two columns to one – after all, the decreases were on alternate rows.

Indeed, I like the final result even better. I like the braided effect where the repeats come together.

(This isn’t one of my encoded word patterns.)

Lace crescents version 2: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst
Lace Crescents v2: a free lace knitting stitch pattern
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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 may need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • Lace crescents v2 needs a cast on that is a multiple of 10 + 6 stitches. It is a multiple of 4 + 4 rows. The number of stitches varies from row to row. You can also start at row 5, in which case you will need to start with a multiple of 11 + 7 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.
  • My blog posts and free stitch patterns are supported by subscriptions on Patreon or donations to my Paypal tip jar in the sidebar. If you appreciate my work, please consider helping out. Thanks!

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.
  • pyop: (p1, yo, p1) in next stitch.
  • 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): k2tog, *yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k2tog; work from *, yo, k2, yo, ssk. [10 + 6 sts]
Row 2 (WS): p5, *p2, pyop in double yo, p6; work from *, p1. [11 + 6 sts]
Row 3: k1, *k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k2tog, yo, bunny ears back, yo, ssk; work from *, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k1. [10 + 6 sts]
Row 4: p2, pyop in double yo, p1, *p7, pyop in double yo, p1; work from *, p1. [11 + 7 sts]

Row 5: k2tog, *yo, bunny ears back, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k2tog; work from *, yo, bunny ears back, yo, ssk. [10 + 6 sts]
Row 6: p5, *p2, pyop in double yo, p6; work from *, p1. [11 + 6 sts]
Row 7: k1, *k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k2tog, yo, bunny ears back, yo, ssk; work from *, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k1. [10 + 6 sts]
Row 8: p2, pyop in double yo, p1, *p7, pyop in double yo, p1; work from *, p1. [11 + 7 sts]

Repeat rows 5-8

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