Dreamer: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

The word I drew from my word hoard for this stitch pattern is Dreamer, suggested by Bookwyrm and Catnach on Patreon. It’s a beautiful word, and I think a beautiful stitch pattern.

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 these, 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 stitch patterns are not meant in any way to look like the original words; the words are the seeds of my creativity.

Dreamer: 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 a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • The decreases in row 1 vary between version 1 and version 2. Version 1 is shown at the bottom of the swatch; version 2 at the top.
  • 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.)
  • Dreamer is a multiple of 14 + 14 stitches and either 14 or 28 rows, depending on the version.
  • I’ve made stitch maps for version 1 and version 2.
  • Designers, please feel free to use these 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:

  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • k3tog: knit 3 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning double 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)
  • ssk: slip each of the next 3 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. Substitute sk2p if desired; they are similar but don’t look quite the same. (Left-leaning double decrease)
  • yo: yarnover

Dreamer, version 1

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

Row 1 (RS): k1, yo, k2tog, k2, ssk, *yo x 2, k2tog, k2, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, ssk; work from *, yo x 2, k2tog, k2, ssk, yo, k1. [28 sts]
Row 2 (WS): p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p12, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p6.
Row 3: yo, (k1, k2tog) x 2, yo, k1, *k1, yo, (ssk, k1) x 2, yo x 2, (k1, k2tog) x 2, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, (ssk, k1) x 2, yo.
Row 4: p7, *p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, p6; work from *, p7.
Row 5: yo, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, *(yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1) x 2; work from *, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yo.
Row 6: p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, *(p5, (k1, p1) in double yo) x 2; work from *, p6.
Row 7: k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sssk, *yo x 2, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sssk; work from *, yo x 2, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1.
Row 8: p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p12, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p6.
Row 9: k2tog, yo x 2, k3, ssk, *k2tog, k3, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, k3, ssk; work from *, k2tog, k3, yo x 2, ssk.
Row 10: p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4, *p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4; work from *, p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1.
Row 11: k2, yo, k3, k2tog, *ssk, k3, yo, k4, yo, k3, k2tog; work from *, ssk, k3, yo, k2.
Row 12: purl.
Row 13: ssk, yo, k3, k2tog, *yo x 2, ssk, k3, yo, k2tog, ssk, yo, k3, k2tog; work from *, yo x 2, ssk, k3, yo, k2tog.
Row 14: p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p12, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p6.

Dreamer, version 2

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

Row 1 (RS): yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo. [28 sts]
Row 2 (WS): p7, *p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, p6; work from *, p7.
Row 3: k1, yo, (ssk, k1) x 2, *yo x 2, (k1, k2tog) x 2, yo, k2, yo, (ssk, k1) x 2; work from *, yo x 2, (k1, k2tog) x 2, yo, k1.
Row 4: p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p12, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p6.
Row 5: yo, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, *(yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1) x 2; work from *, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yo.
Row 6: p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, *(p5, (k1, p1) in double yo) x 2; work from *, p6.
Row 7: yo, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sssk, yo x 2, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sssk, yo.
Row 8: p7, *p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, p6; work from *, p7.
Row 9: k2tog, k3, yo x 2, ssk, *k2tog, yo x 2, k3, ssk, k2tog, k3, yo x 2, ssk; work from *, k2tog, yo x 2, k3, ssk.
Row 10: p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p8, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1; work from *, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4.
Row 11: ssk, k3, yo, k2, *k2, yo, k3, k2tog, ssk, k3, yo, k2; work from *, k2, yo, k3, k2tog.
Row 12: purl.
Row 13: yo, ssk, k3, yo, k2tog, *ssk, yo, k3, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k3, yo, k2tog; work from *, ssk, yo, k3, k2tog, yo.
Row 14: p7, *p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, p6; work from *, p7.
Row 15: k1, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, *yo x 2, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog; work from *, yo x 2, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k1.
Row 16: p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p12, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p6.
Row 17: yo, (k1, k2tog) x 2, yo, k1, *k1, yo, (ssk, k1) x 2, yo x 2, (k1, k2tog) x 2, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, (ssk, k1) x 2, yo.
Row 18: p7, *p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, p6; work from *, p7.
Row 19: yo, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, *(yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1) x 2; work from *, yo x 2, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yo.
Row 20: p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, *(p5, (k1, p1) in double yo) x 2; work from *, p6.
Row 21: k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sssk, *yo x 2, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sssk; work from *, yo x 2, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1.
Row 22: p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p12, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p6.
Row 23: k2tog, yo x 2, k3, ssk, *k2tog, k3, yo x 2, ssk, k2tog, yo x 2, k3, ssk; work from *, k2tog, k3, yo x 2, ssk.
Row 24: p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4, *p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4; work from *, p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1.
Row 25: k2, yo, k3, k2tog, *ssk, k3, yo, k4, yo, k3, k2tog; work from *, ssk, k3, yo, k2.
Row 26: purl.
Row 27: ssk, yo, k3, k2tog, *yo x 2, ssk, k3, yo, k2tog, ssk, yo, k3, k2tog; work from *, yo x 2, ssk, k3, yo, k2tog.
Row 28: p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p12, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p6.

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