The first word I’m encoding for this month is *Bergamot,* suggested by Natasha and Amy 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.

## 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.
*Bergamot*is a multiple of 14 + 1 stitches. Version 1 is a multiple of 14 rows; version 2 is a multiple of 28 rows. There is one slight variation between them in the decreases.- Version 1 is shown at the bottom of the swatch; version 2 at the top.
- 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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## 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.
- DSD: double slip decrease; ssk, slip the resulting stitch back to the left needle, pass the next stitch over, then slip the result. (Right-leaning double decrease. Substitute knit 3 together if desired; they are similar but don’t look quite the same.)
- k: knit.
- k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
- p: purl.
- sk2p: slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over. (Left-leaning double decrease.)
- 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.

## Version 1

Row 1 (RS): *p1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1, ssk, p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 2 (WS): k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 3: *p1, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 4: k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 5: *p1, k2, yo, DSD, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k2; work from *, p1.

Row 6: k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 7: *p1, ssk, yo, cdd, yo x 2, k1, p1, k1, yo x 2, cdd, yo, k2tog; work from *, p1.

Row 8: k1, *p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, k1, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, k1 ; work from *.

Row 9: *p1, yo, DSD, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, p1, ssk, k1, yo x 2, sk2p, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 10: k1, *[p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, k1] x 2; work from *.

Row 11: *p1, k2tog, yo, k4, p1, k4, yo, ssk; work from *, p1.

Row 12: k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 13: *p1, ssk, yo x 2, k1, DSD, yo, p1, yo, sk2p, k1, yo x 2, k2tog; work from *, p1.

Row 14: k1, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, k1; work from *.

## Version 2

Row 1 (RS): *p1, ssk, k1, yo, k1, ssk, yo, p1, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, k2tog; work from *, p1.

Row 2 (WS): k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 3: *p1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 4: k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 5: *p1, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k2, p1, k2, yo, DSD, yo, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 6: k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 7: *p1, k1, yo x 2, cdd, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk, yo, cdd, yo x 2, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 8: k1, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, k1; work from *.

Row 9: *p1, ssk, k1, yo x 2, sk2p, yo, p1, yo, DSD, yo x 2, k1, k2tog; work from *, p1.

Row 10: k1, *[p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, k1] x 2; work from *.

Row 11: *p1, k4, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k4; work from *, p1.

Row 12: k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 13: *p1, yo, sk2p, k1, yo x 2, k2tog, p1, ssk, yo x 2, k1, DSD, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 14: k1, *p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, k1, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, k1 ; work from *.

Row 15: *p1, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, p1, ssk, k1, yo, k1, ssk, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 16: k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 17: *p1, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 18: k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 19: *p1, k2, yo, DSD, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k2; work from *, p1.

Row 20: k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 21: *p1, ssk, yo, cdd, yo x 2, k1, p1, k1, yo x 2, cdd, yo, k2tog; work from *, p1.

Row 22: k1, *p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, k1, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, k1 ; work from *.

Row 23: *p1, yo, DSD, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, p1, ssk, k1, yo x 2, sk2p, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 24: k1, *[p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, k1] x 2; work from *.

Row 25: *p1, k2tog, yo, k4, p1, k4, yo, ssk; work from *, p1.

Row 26: k1, *(p6, k1) x 2; work from *.

Row 27: *p1, ssk, yo x 2, k1, DSD, yo, p1, yo, sk2p, k1, yo x 2, k2tog; work from *, p1.

Row 28: k1, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, k1; work from *.