Burst: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I’m encoding for this month is Burst, suggested by Lara on Patreon.

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.

Burst: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst
version 1 of Burst is at the bottom of this swatch; version 2 is at the top

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.
  • The repeats in the charts and the text aren’t in the same places. (The double YOs complicate writing the repeats logically in the text.)
  • Burst version 1 is a multiple of 16 + 16 stitches and 10 rows. Version 2 is a multiple of 16 + 16 stitches and 20 rows. There is one slight variation between them in the decreases.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
Burst version 1: a free lace knitting stitch pattern chart, by Naomi Parkhurst
click chart to enlarge

Version 1:

Row 1 (RS): k5, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, k10, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from *, k1, yo, ssk, k5. [32 sts]
Row 2 (WS): purl.
Row 3: k2, ssk, yo, k1, ssk, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k4, ssk, yo, k1, ssk, yo; rep from *, 1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k2.
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: (k1, k2tog, yo) x 2, k2, *k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, 1/1 RC, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from *, k2, (yo, ssk, k1) x 2.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: yo, ssk, k1, yo, k2tog, k2, *1/1 RC, k2, ssk, yo, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1, yo, k2tog, k2; rep from *, 1/1 RC, k2, ssk, yo, k1, k2tog, yo.
Row 8: p8, *p7, k1, p1, p7; rep from *, p8.
Row 9: (k1, yo, ssk) x 2, k2tog, *yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog; rep from *, yo x 2, ssk, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2.
Row 10: p7, k1, p1, *p14, k1, p1; rep from *, p7.

Burst version 2: a free lace knitting stitch pattern chart, by Naomi Parkhurst
click chart to enlarge

Version 2:

Row 1 (RS): k1, yo, k2tog, k5, *k5, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, k5; work from *, k5, ssk, yo, k1. [32 sts]
Row 2 (WS): purl.
Row 3: (k1, yo, k2tog) x 2, k2, *k2, ssk, yo, k1, ssk, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k2; work from *, k2, (ssk, yo, k1) x 2.
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, *1/1 RC, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk; work from *, 1/1 RC, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2.
Row 6: purl.
Row 7: k3, ssk, yo, k1, k2tog, *yo x 2, ssk, k1, yo, k2tog, k2, 1/1 RC, k2, ssk, yo, k1, k2tog; work from *, yo x 2, ssk, k1, yo, k2tog, k3.
Row 8: p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p14, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p7.
Row 9: yo, ssk, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2, *(k1, yo, ssk) x 2, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2; work from *, (k1, yo, ssk) x 2, k2tog, yo.
Row 10: p8, *p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, p7; work from *, p8.
Row 11: k5, ssk, yo, k1, *k1, yo, k2tog, k10, ssk, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, k2tog, k5.
Row 12: purl.
Row 13: k2, ssk, yo, k1, ssk, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k4, ssk, yo, k1, ssk, yo; work from *, 1/1 RC, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k2.
Row 14: purl.
Row 15: (k1, k2tog, yo) x 2, k2, *k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, 1/1 RC, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2; work from *, k2, (yo, ssk, k1) x 2.
Row 16: purl.
Row 17: yo, ssk, k1, yo, k2tog, k2, *1/1 RC, k2, ssk, yo, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1, yo, k2tog, k2; work from *, 1/1 RC, k2, ssk, yo, k1, k2tog, yo.
Row 18: p8, *p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, p7; work from *, p8.
Row 19: (k1, yo, ssk) x 2, k2tog, *yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog; work from *, yo x 2, ssk, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2.
Row 20: p7, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p14, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p7.

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