Moonrise: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month pattern is Moonrise, suggested by Valerie, a Patreon supporter. I designed Moon a while back, and I thought it would be good to make a stitch pattern that coordinates with that, so I took that as my starting point and continued the code grid based on that one. (I need to reknit the swatch for Moon at some point, looking at it again. It doesn’t show the design well.)

Each month, my Patreon backers have the chance to suggest words for me to encode as knitting stitches. I make three of these into knitting stitches each month: the second and third (posted on the first day of the next month) are drawn from the collection of new words; the first 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.

Moonrise: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst
Moonrise: a lace knitting stitch pattern chart, by Naomi Parkhurst
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Notes:

  • This was designed to work with Moon; however, unlike some of the times I design compound words, the new part of the stitch pattern doesn’t spell rise as a separate stitch pattern (part of row 7 is used for the encoding of rise.)
  • I realized I wanted one more cable in the stitch pattern halfway through the final swatch. I’m having to be careful about my wrist at the moment, so I didn’t start over. The cables in rows 1 and 19 are only visible in the top part of the swatch.
  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. It is not a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • Moonrise is a multiple of 12+12 stitches and 36 or 36+18 rows. (Note that the first 18 rows also work repeated by themselves, without the offset version.)
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it.
  • 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:

  • 1/1 RC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • sssk: slip each of the next 3 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning double decrease; substitute sk2p if desired.)
  • yo: yarnover

Row 1 (RS): k3, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, k2, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, k3.

Row 1 (RS): k3, k2tog, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo; work from *, 1/1 RC, yo, ssk, k3. [24 sts]

Row 2 (WS): purl.

Row 3: (yo, ssk, k1) x 2, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, (k1, k2tog, yo) x 2.

Row 4: p6, *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *, p6.

Row 5: (k1, yo, ssk) x 2, *k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk; work from *, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2.

Row 6: purl.

Row 7: k1, yo twice, sl2, k1, CDD, k2tog, *yo twice, ssk, sl2, k1, CDD, yo twice, k2, yo twice, sl2, k1, CDD, k2tog; work from *, yo twice, ssk, sl2, k1, CDD, yo twice, k1.

Row 8: p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, *(p2, (k1, p1) in double yo) x 3; work from *, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1.

Row 9: k3, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, k3.

Row 10: purl.

Row 11: yo, k1, k3tog, yo, k2tog, *yo twice, ssk, yo, sssk, k1, yo twice, k1, k3tog, yo, k2tog; work from *, yo twice, ssk, yo, sssk, k1, yo.

Row 12: p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *(p4, (k1, p1) in double yo) x 2; work from *, p5.

Row 13: k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, *k2, yo, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k2; work from *, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1.

Row 14: purl.

Row 15: k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk, *(k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk) x 2; work from *, k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk.

Row 16: p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, *p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2; work from *, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2.

Row 17: k1, ssk, yo, k2, *1/1 RC, k2, yo, k2tog, 1/1 RC, ssk, yo, k2; work from *, 1/1 RC, k2, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 18: purl.

Row 19: k1, yo, ssk, k3, *k3, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, ssk, k3; work from *, k3, k2tog, yo, k1.

Row 20: purl.

Row 21: k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, *yo twice, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog; work from *, yo twice, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k1.

Row 22: p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p10, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p5.

Row 23: (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2, *(k1, yo, ssk) x 2, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2; work from *, (k1, yo, ssk) x 2.

Row 24: purl.

Row 25: yo, ssk, sl2, k1, CDD, yo twice, k1, *k1, yo twice, sl2, k1, CDD, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, sl2, k1, CDD, yo twice, k1; work from *, k1, yo twice, sl2, k1, CDD, k2tog, yo.

Row 26: p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, *p1, ((k1, p1) in double yo, p2) x 2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1; work from *, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3.

Row 27: k1, yo, ssk, k3, *k3, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3; work from *, k3, k2tog, yo, k1.

Row 28: purl.

Row 29: yo, ssk, yo, sssk, k1, *yo twice, k1, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, yo, sssk, k1; work from *, yo twice, k1, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo.

Row 30: p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *(p4, (k1, p1) in double yo) x 2; work from *, p5.

Row 31: k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k4, yo, k1, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2.

Row 32: purl.

Row 33: k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk, *(k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk) x 2; work from *, k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk.

Row 34: p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, *p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2; work from *, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2.

Row 35: k3, yo, k2tog, *1/1 RC, ssk, yo, k2, 1/1 RC, k2, yo, k2tog; work from *, 1/1 RC, ssk, yo, k3.

Row 36: purl.

Row 1 (RS): k3, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, k2, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, k3.

Row 2 (WS): purl.

Row 3: yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo twice, k2, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo.

Row 4: p6, *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *, p6.

Row 5: (k1, yo, ssk) x 2, *k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk; work from *, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2.

Row 6: purl.

Row 7: k1, yo twice, CDD, k2tog, *yo twice, ssk, CDD, yo twice, k2, yo twice, CDD, k2tog; work from *, yo twice, ssk, CDD, yo twice, k1.

Row 8: p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, *(p2, (k1, p1) in double yo) x 3; work from *, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1.

Row 9: k3, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, k3.

Row 10: purl.

Row 11: yo, k1, k3tog, yo, k2tog, *yo twice, ssk, yo, sssk, k1, yo twice, k1, k3tog, yo, k2tog; work from *, yo twice, ssk, yo, sssk, k1, yo.

Row 12: p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *[p4, (k1, p1) in double yo] x 2; work from *, p5.

Row 13: k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, *k2, yo, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k2; work from *, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1.

Row 14: purl.

Row 15: k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk, *(k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk) x 2; work from *, k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk.

Row 16: p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, *p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2; work from *, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2.

Row 17: k1, ssk, yo, k2, *1/1 RC, k2, yo, k2tog, 1/1 RC, ssk, yo, k2; work from *, 1/1 RC, k2, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 18: purl.

Row 19: k1, yo, ssk, k2, *1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2; work from *, 1/1 RC, k2, k2tog, yo, k1.

Row 20: purl.

Row 21: k1, k2tog, yo, k2, *yo twice, k2, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k2; work from *, yo twice, k2, yo, ssk, k1.

Row 22: p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p10, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p5.

Row 23: (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2, *(k1, yo, ssk) x 2, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2; work from *, (k1, yo, ssk) x 2.

Row 24: purl.

Row 25: yo, ssk, CDD, yo twice, k1, *k1, yo twice, CDD, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, CDD, yo twice, k1; work from *, k1, yo twice, CDD, k2tog, yo.

Row 26: p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, *p1, [(k1, p1) in double yo, p2] x 2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1; work from *, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3.

Row 27: k1, yo, ssk, k3, *k3, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3; work from *, k3, k2tog, yo, k1.

Row 28: purl.

Row 29: yo, ssk, yo, sssk, k1, *yo twice, k1, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, yo, sssk, k1; work from *, yo twice, k1, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo.

Row 30: p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *[p4, (k1, p1) in double yo] x 2; work from *, p5.

Row 31: k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k4, yo, k1, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2.

Row 32: purl.

Row 33: k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk, *(k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk) x 2; work from *, k2tog, k1, yo twice, k1, ssk.

Row 34: p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, *p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p4, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2; work from *, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2.

Row 35: k3, yo, k2tog, 1/1 RC, *ssk, yo, k2, 1/1 RC, k2, yo, k2tog; work from *, 1/1 RC, ssk, yo, k3.

Row 36: purl.

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