Quiet: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The first word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon this month is Quiet, suggested by Smart Mouth’d, a Patreon supporter.

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.

sample swatch for Quiet: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst
chart for Quiet: a lace knitting stitch pattern, by Naomi Parkhurst
Click on chart to enlarge

Notes:

  • 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.
  • I didn’t think to put in the cables in row 11 until after I’d knit the first repeat. I think it looks better, but you can decide for yourself! The wrong-side-row cable on row 6 is also completely optional. The other ones aren’t necessary for the encoding, but I do think they’re an important part of the stitch pattern (especially the row 5 ones).
  • 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.)
  • Quiet is a multiple of 12 stitches and 12 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this 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 LC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at front of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • 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, yo, k1, k2tog, *ssk, k1, yo, k2, 1/1 RC, k2, yo, k1, k2tog; work from *, ssk, k1, yo, k3.

Row 2 (WS): purl.

Row 3: k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, *yo × 2, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog; work from *, yo × 2, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k1.

Row 4: p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p10, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p5.

Row 5: k4, ssk, *yo × 2, k2tog, k2, 1/1 LC, 1/1 RC, k2, ssk; work from *, yo × 2, k2tog, k4.

Row 6: p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, *p4, 1/1 RC, p4, (k1, p1) in double yo; work from *, p5.

Row 7: yo, cdd, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, *k1, yo, ssk, yo, k3tog, yo × 2, sssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, k1, yo, ssk, yo, cdd, yo.

Row 8: p6, *p5, (k1, p1) in double yo, p5; work from *, p6.

Row 9: k4, yo, k2tog, *ssk, yo, k8, yo, k2tog; work from *, ssk, yo, k4.

Row 10: purl.

Row 11: (k2tog, yo) × 2, k1, *1/1 RC, k1, (yo, ssk) × 2, (k2tog, yo) × 2, k1; work from *, 1/1 RC, k1, (yo, ssk) × 2.

Row 12: purl.

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