Each month my Patreon backers suggest words for me to use as the basis for designing a knitting stitch pattern; this month’s word is *Frost,* suggested by Nim. I encoded the letters as numerals in base 9, then laid them out on a grid to make a knitting stitch chart.

Much as I love complicated designs, it’s nice to have something a little shorter and therefore somewhat simpler for a change.

### 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 noticed in swatching that this pattern works well with a horizontal offset for every other repeat, so I’ve included that. However, it also works to just repeat rows 1-16.
*Frost*is a multiple of 10 + 1 stitches, and either 16 or 32 rows.- Depending where you are in the stitch pattern, I recommend either ending with rows 1-2 or 17-18.
- I’ve made a stitch map for it.
- Designers, please feel free to use this stitch in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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### Abbreviations:

- k: knit.
- k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
- p: purl.
- CDD: slip 2 together as if to knit together, knit the next stitch, then pass the slipped stitches over. (centered 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: yarn over.

Row 1 (RS): *p1, yo, k2, ssk, p1, k2tog, k2, yo ; work from *, p1.

Row 2 (WS): k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 3: *p1, k2, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, k2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 4: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 5: *p1, k1, cdd, yo x 2, p1, yo x 2, cdd, k1 ; work from *, p1.

Row 6: k1, *p2, k1, p1, k2, p3, k1 ; work from *.

Row 7: *p1, k2tog, yo, k2, p1, k2, yo, ssk ; work from *, p1.

Row 8: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 9: *(p1, k4) x 2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 10: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 11: *(p1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo) x 2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 12: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

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

Row 14: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 15: *p1, yo, ssk x 2, yo, p1, yo, k2tog x 2, yo ; work from *, p1.

Row 16: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 17: *p1, k2tog, k2, yo, p1, yo, k2, ssk ; work from *, p1.

Row 18: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 19: *p1, yo, ssk, k2, p1, k2, k2tog, yo ; work from *, p1.

Row 20: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 21: *p1, yo x 2, cdd, k1, p1, k1, cdd, yo x 2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 22: k1, *k1, p3, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1 ; work from *.

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

Row 24: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 25: *(p1, k4) x 2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 26: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 27: *(p1, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo) x 2 ; work from *, p1.

Row 28: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 29: *p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, ssk, k1 ; work from *, p1.

Row 30: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

Row 31: *p1, yo, k2tog x 2, yo, p1, yo, ssk x 2, yo ; work from *, p1.

Row 32: k1, *(p4, k1) x 2 ; work from *.

I’m going to start adding a general explanation of the encoding for each word I use as the basis for a design.

Here’s how to read the numbers of the encoding.

This reads from bottom to top, right to left – like knitting stitches. The black squares are kind of like stitch markers; the numbers show the count for each digit of the code.

Frost (in base 9) is 06 20 16 21 22. I plotted those numbers on charts in several ways, and picked this one as a starting point.

Since the first digit is zero, I counted zero stitches and placed a black square in the first row, then I counted 6 (moving from the first row to the second), and placed another square after the sixth. Two stitches next, followed by another zero, so there’s two black squares in a row. One stitch, square, six stitches, square, and so on.The black squares are replaced by yarnovers in the final chart.

Then I mirrored the chart horizontally, noticed that there’d be four yarnovers in a row, and decided not to do that this time. So I placed a vertical column of purl stitches to act as a border in between each mirrored repeat.

jennabee25Quite lovely! I may have to give it a shot, thought lace knitting sometimes intimidates me, but I think I could do this.

Naomi ParkhurstThank you! Let me know if you do – I’d love to see pictures!

MegI’m about to try your frost but would like to know what you knitted the swatch in and needles used.

Thanks

Naomi ParkhurstI don’t have the ball band, I’m afraid – I use odds and ends for my swatches. I do know that it’s a light fingering weight, alpaca/silk, and I used size 5 needles. I tend to be a tight knitter.

Sorry not to be more informative. I’m glad you like it!

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