Category Archives: Eyelet & Lace Stitches

The Ridged Ribbon Stitch


The Ridged Ribbon stitch is an easy to master member of the Eyelet & Lace Stitch family consisting of a repeating pattern of raised eyelets in rows on a stockinette stitch background.

So, what is the Raised Ribbon Stitch? The stitch can be divided in half, into two distinct patterns - the first three rows are a simple stockinette stitch to give the background and the second set of three rows produce the raised row of eyelets. This raised row of eyelets is very simple to create by following a repeating two stitch increasing pattern of knitting two together followed by a yarnover.

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The Faggot Stitch


The Faggot stitch is an easy to master member of the Eyelet & Lace Stitch family consisting of a repeating pattern of eyelets.

While less frequently used today, in days past, a faggot was commonly used to describe a bundle of loosely tied sticks or twigs, and when used as a verb meant to tie or bind something together. The open distinctive open mesh texture of the stitch, therefore, gaining its name as it resembles a series of binds.

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The Feather & Fan Stitch


The Fan & Feather stitch is a classic member of the Eyelet & Lace Stitch family. So named due to the resemblance of the stitch to the fanned feathers of a peacock.

The stitch is another one given to the world by the hardy Shetlanders (people from the Shetland Islands in Scotland). It should be noted that this stitch is often erroneously given or interchanged with the Old Shale stitch which seems to have come about in the early part of the last century when the stitch arrived on American shores.

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Eyelet & Lace Stitches Library

Eyelet and Lace stitches can add some airy elegance and sophistication to any knitting project, and open up a completely different sphere of possibilities compared to the often heavier looking Rib or Cable & Twist Stitches.

The beginner knitter may be a little daunted at first by the intricacy of this style of knitting as it does involve more technique. However, simple eyelets can create stunning patterns to begin with and lead with some perseverance to learning to do more fascinatedly detailed and intricate designs. Indeed, even combining several basic eyelet designs together into one project, while potentially requiring a little mathematical endeavor can lead to some spectacular results.

Eyelet and Lace are often worked in fine yarns to show their delicate detailing which works well for delicate shrugs, cardigans and baby blankets. That is not to say that heavier weight yarns are a no-go, as these can totally transform the look of a stitch and take on a whole new dimension.

Whatever the look you are trying to achieve, we hope our collection of Eyelet & Lace stitches give you some inspiration for your knitting projects.

Eyelet & Lace Stitch Collection

Old Shale Stitch

This a traditional stitch from the Shetland Islands in Scotland, named for it's shell like appearance (pronounced "shael").


Ridged Ribbon Stitch

This series of eyelets on a background of stockinette stitch is perfect for bordering projects and inserting lace through them.


Faggot Stitch

The faggot stitch is a straightforward eyelet stitch that creates a simple, delicate texture ideal for baby blankets.


Feather & Fan Stitch

This a traditional stitch from the Shetland Islands in Scotland, named for it's feather like appearance.


Clover Stitch

The Clover Stitch is an excellent eyelet stitch for babies blankets.


Travelling Vine Stitch

The Travelling Vine Stitch is an elegant climbing vine-leaf pattern using Eyelet and Lace techniques.


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