Bergamot: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

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.

Bergamot: a free lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst

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.
  • 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:

  • 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.
Bergamot v1: a free lace knitting stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst
Click on chart to enlarge

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 *.

Bergamot v2: a free lace knitting stitch pattern by Naomi Parkhurst
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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 *.

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