photo of Water lace knitted sample

Water: a lace knitting stitch pattern

The second word I drew from the words suggested on Patreon last month is Water, suggested by Amy G., 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.

photo of Water lace knitted sample
chart with symbols that show how to knit Water lace

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.
  • Water is a multiple of 12 + 1 stitches and 24 or 24 + 12 rows (end after either row 12 or row 24).
  • 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:

  • 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): *p1, k1, ssk, yo × 2, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo × 2, k2tog, k1; work from *, p1.

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

Row 3: *p1, k3, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k3; work from *, p1.

Row 4: k1, *(p5, k1) × 2; work from *.

Row 5: *p1, k1, k3tog, yo × 2, k1, p1, k1, yo × 2, sssk, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 6: k1, *p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, k1, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, k1; work from *.

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

Row 8: k1, *(p5, k1) × 2; work from *.

Row 9: *p1, k2, CDD, yo × 2, p1, yo × 2, CDD, k2; work from *, p1.

Row 10: k1, *p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, k1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, k1; work from *.

Row 11: *p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, p1, k2, yo, ssk, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 12: k1, *(p5, k1) × 2; work from *.

Row 13: *p1, k2tog, yo × 2, k2tog, k1, p1, k1, ssk, yo × 2, ssk; work from *, p1.

Row 14: k1, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, k1, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, k1; work from *.

Row 15: *p1, yo, ssk, k3, p1, k3, k2tog, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 16: k1, *(p5, k1) × 2; work from *.

Row 17: *p1, k1, yo × 2, sssk, k1, p1, k1, k3tog, yo × 2, k1; work from *, p1.

Row 18: k1, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, k1, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, k1; work from *.

Row 19: *p1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo; work from *, p1.

Row 20: k1, *(p5, k1) × 2; work from *.

Row 21: *p1, yo × 2, CDD, k2, p1, k2, CDD, yo × 2; work from *, p1.

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

Row 23: *p1, k2, yo, ssk, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k2; work from *, p1.

Row 24: k1, *(p5, k1) × 2; work from *.

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