New stitches? Are they really?

Folks, it’s time for me to write a little bit more about my ongoing design project. I’m at the point where I think I’m just about ready for some test knitters, which means a little more writing and explaining about the pattern for someone else.

I have some hesitations. The main thing bothering me is some “new” stitches that I couldn’t seem to find an existing symbol for.

My inspiration for the pattern is the top of the Chrysler Building.

I love the way this building looks in the sun. I love the triangular windows. So I took that idea and tried to turn it into knitted lace. Here’s a blurry photo of what I did. Keep in mind that it is still in progress and hasn’t been blocked!

In order to get the kind of angles I wanted, I needed to decrease less frequently. To achieve a kind of continuity of my existing lines, I started doing some stitches that combined both increases & decreases. It keeps the lines & number of stitches happy.

In my head, I kind of imagined these type of symbols:

For the one on the left, I do:
- pick up the strand between the two stitches from the row below & place on left needle (the “m” part)
- knit the 2 stitches on the left needle together (the “/” part)

For the one on the right, I do:
- slip the needle on the left needle to the right needle and pick up the strand between the two stitches from the row below onto the left needle
- slip the new stitch to the right needle & then knit the 2 stitches together
(like a SSK but with the second stitch being the “m” part)

I’m also doing something similar for a double decrease. The “m” part of that can be either on the left or the right, depending on the pattern.

So my question to you is have you seen this before? Where? What was used for a symbol? Do mine make any sense at all?

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2 Responses to New stitches? Are they really?

  1. Dave says:

    I don’t recall ever seeing it before, and I think your symbols, and explanations, make perfect sense. :-)

  2. All 9 Muses says:

    Hi Nat,

    Nope, I’ve never done and increase like this before. It makes sense when I read it. I can visualize it clearly in my mind. I think you may be on to something good.

    Keep up the good work!