5-02 A Knitted Straight needs just 5 more tiles
As discussed in section 5-01, Lesser Honors and Knitted Tiles scores 12 points, while Greater Knitted Tiles and Honors scores 24.
Great Honors and Knitted Tiles is shown in the second example in Figure 1: it has all 7 honors + 7 suit tiles. If you complete your hand with 6 honors + 8 suit tiles, you will score for Lesser Honors and Knitted Tiles. But what if you have 5 honors + 9 suit tiles, as shown in Figure 2?
In this case, you combine two combinations: first, you score for Lesser Honors and Knitted Tiles (12 pts.), and second, since you have 9 suit tiles, you also score for Knitted Straight (12 pts.) for a total of 24 points.
Knitted Straight is composed of suit tiles in different "knitted" series. One suit must be in 1-4-7, another must be in 2-5-8, and the last must be in 3-6-9. Once you've completed these 9 tiles, you have a Knitted Straight. If the remaining 5 tiles are all single honors, you have also completed Lesser Honors and Knitted Tiles.
In the examples shown in Figure 3, the 9 tiles completing the Knitted Straight are counted as 3 chows, and the remainder of the hand can be anything. In the first example, you score for Concealed Hand (2 pts.) + Knitted Straight (12 pts.) + All Chows (2 pts.). The second example counts for Knitted Straight (12 pts.) + No Honors (1 pt.). With 12 points already scored for a Knitted Straight, you need only create a final set and a pair to complete your hand.
However, remember that the Knitted Straight must specifically be completed with 9 suit tiles in groups of 3 belonging to different suits and different knitted series. The combination is not to be confused with Knitted Tiles and Honors (although it can be combined).
For example, in Figure 4, you have a 3-chance Knitted Tiles and Honors hand (Knitted Tiles and Honors is always a 3-chance hand when ready). If you finish with , you will score for Lesser Honors and Knitted Tiles. If you finish with , you will score for Knitted Straight as well. In the second example, onlycompletes your hand. This hand also scores for a Single Wait (1 pt.).
You should decide from the very beginning whether to aim for Knitted Straight and/or Honors and Knitted Tiles. But if you are considering a Knitted Straight, you can start with your regular strategy of discarding honors, and go for the Knitted Straight only if you accumulate at least 7 of the needed 9 tiles.