Category Archives: Eyelet & Lace Stitches

The Travelling Vine Stitch

Description

The Travelling Vine Stitch uses Eyelet & Lace techniques to create a fabric of staggered vine leaves climbing the fabric.

Simply an excellent choice for light-weight cardigans or scarves, particularly when paired with a less elastic yarn like cotton to create a chic draping effect.

This stitch gets fairly involved with several knit two/purl two together and knitting/purling through the back loop decrease techniques. If you are a less experienced knitter, then make sure you acquaint yourself with all the techniques before you get going.

Looking to get started, well lets move on to the instructions...

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Instructions

Cast on any multiple of eight stitches for your project.

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The Crossed Ribs with Faggots Stitch

Description

The Crossed Ribs with Faggots Stitch takes Ribing, Cabling and Lace techniques and combines them beautifully.

The "base" of the stitch is founded in a straight-forward 2x2 Rib Stitch i.e. knit two, purl two. This ribbing is then interspersed with decreases and yarnovers to create the faggoting effect. Then on top of this, we add some cabling every twelve rows to give the ribs the impression of crossing over.

This is quite a complicated stitch with a lot going on. Even the cable four forward, involves some decreasing/increasing. While it is an advanced stitch, please don't be dissuaded from trying it, just make sure you fully understand the instructions and techniques and take your time, to begin with.

Lets get on with it, shall we?

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Instructions

Cast on any multiple of six plus two stitches for your project.

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The Lace Rib Stitch

Description

The Lace Rib Stitch combines an Eyelet & Lace design with Ribbing.

The Lace Rib is a beautiful, delicate looking rib design that would be perfect for summer cardigans or shawls.

Ready to get going, then let's head to the instructions...

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Instructions

Cast on multiples of seven plus two stitches for your project.

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The Old Shale Stitch

Description

The Old Shale stitch is a beautiful, rather delicate looking member of the Eyelet & Lace Stitch family.

The stitch resembles the shell of a clam or scallop, which is how it came by it's name. The style of knitting comes to us from the Shetland Islands in Scotland, where the inhabitants or Shetlanders, have quite a distinct accent* and tend to pronounce "shell" like "shael" which to a non-Scottish ear sounds like "shale". It should be noted that this stitch is often erroneously given or interchanged with the Feathers & Fans stitch which seems to have come about in the early part of the last century when the stitch arrived on American shores.

Scallop Sea Shells

So, what is the Old Shale Stitch? The stitch is distinct for it's series of 6 holes in each repeat, generated by yarnovers that are sandwiched between a series of knitting two together on either side. The act of alternating between the eyelets in the yarnovers and the decreasing caused by the series of knitting two together creates this wonderful wavy, wavelike pattern, which when combined with the fanning of the vertical wales producing the shell or "shael" like texture.

This stitch is commonly used as an edging pattern, such as for a babies blanket or as I have once witnessed, a tea-cosy. A simple reason for this is that it is easy to shape corners by simply increasing the stitches to 24 or 30 stitches for several repeats, thus creating 8 or 10 holes a repeat.

*Not that I can really point fingers as I come from a different part of Scotland and to non-Scottish ears also have quite a distinct accent.

Instructions

Cast on multiples of 18 stitches for your project.

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The Clover Stitch

Description

The Clover stitch gives you the opportunity to practice (master) several different techniques and is a member of the Eyelet & Lace Stitch family.

The stitch combines several techniques to generate a series of 3 eyelet holes grouped together on a stockinette stitch background. Notice the way they are grouped together? If you haven't guessed the stitch gets its name from the resemblance between the grouping of the eyelet holes and a three-leaf clover.

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