How to knit the Cell stitch pattern
Lace Stitches

Cell stitch: A four-row repeat lace pattern for knitting tops/blouses

In today’s tutorial, I’m sharing how to knit the Cell stitch (I posted it on Instagram last week, and many of you are loving it)!

It’s a four-row repeat pattern, ideal for knitting not only Summer tops or blouses, but also hats, scarves, or baby bonnets.

What I love about the Cell stitch is that it is easy to memorize and fun to knit; it involves just 2-3 steps that are repeated time and time again (and the even rows are plain purl rows).

It reminds me of this lace pattern we practiced a while ago.

Ok then, let’s get started!


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side

K: Knit

P: Purl

yo: Yarn over (or yarn forward)

k2tog: knit two stitches together

sl1-k2tog-passo: This is a double decrease. Slip one stitch as if to knit, knit two stitches together, and pass the slipped-stitch over. We have decreased 2 stitches.

sl1-k1-passo: This is a single decrease. Slip one stitch as if to knit, knit the next, and pass the slipped stitch over. We have decreased 1 stitch.

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side

Cell stitch lace knitting pattern (written instructions and video tutorial). So Woolly.

First of all, a couple of notes and suggestions:

The odd rows create the right side of the work.

Secondly, there is no need to add selvedge stitches. 

However, if you’re going to knit a scarf, I recommend knitting a nice edge (using Garter, Seed, Bumpy, or Irish Moss stitch) on each side of the work.

Finally, knitting lace stitches effortlessly involves mandatory use of the pointiest of pointy needles (they will save you time and trouble, believe me, or don’t… but it’s your time!).

For example, these needles have the perfect tip for knitting this kind of stitches #ad

How to knit the Cell stitch lace pattern

CO multiples of 4 + 3; i.e.: 4 * 4 = 16 + 3 = 19 stitches.

1º row: K2, *yo, sl1-k2tog-passo, yo, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1.

2º and 4º rows: P across

3º row: K1, k2tog, yo, K1, *yo, sl1-k2tog-passo, yo, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last 3 st, ending with yo, sl1-k1-passo, K1.

These four rows form the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached. 

When finished, BO purl wise, after a row 3.

This is the WS of the work:

Easy four-row lace knitting pattern: How to knit the Cell stitch. So Woolly.

Finally, click here to watch the video tutorial:

Cell stitch knitting pattern

So that’s it everything for today, my little Woolly!

Enjoy your knitting with pointy needles 🙂



Carolina – So Woolly

PS: If you are a fan of lace stitches, please take a look at this selection!

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