How to knit lace an easy four row repeat stitch pattern
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How to knit lace: A gorgeous four-row repeat stitch

Today, I’m sharing how to knit a gorgeous yet simple lace stitch.

In fact, it’s so easy that two of those four rows are plain purl rows; the other techniques involved are yarnovers, and the most common decreases (single and double).

It’s a four-row repeat pattern, which features a small design, perfect not only for accessories, such as cowls, socks, or scarves, but also, for seasonal tops, cardigans, or even sweaters.

Additionally, it’s a versatile stitch: Work with cotton yarn, bamboo, linen (or their blends), and you’ll create a light S/S garment.

However, if you want a warmer piece, substitute the yarns mentioned above for something like Cashmere, Alpaca, wool yarn, or their blends, and you’ll enjoy a cozy piece for A/W.

Last but not least, don’t forget to use pointy needles (they will save you time and tears, believe me) #ad


Block your work once it’s finished.

The appearance of your lacy fabric will improve considerably 🙂

So, grab your needles and some yarn, and let’s get lacy!


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side

K: Knit

P: Purl

yo: Yarn over

sd: Single left-leaning decrease. Slip one stitch knitwise, knit the next, and pass the slipped stitch over

dd: Double left-leaning decrease. Slip one stitch knitwise, knit two stitches together, and pass the slipped stitch over

WS: Wrong side

BO: Bind off


The odd rows form the right side of the work.

The edge (selvage) stitches (the first and the last) will be knitted on every odd row, and purled on every even row.

Always slip the stitches knitwise (as if to knit).

How to knit lace in just four rows

How to knit lace: An easy four-row repeat stitch

CO multiples of 6 +1 + 2 (edge/selvage) stitches.

Row 1 (RS): K1 (edge), K1, *yo, sd, K1, k2tog, yo, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1 (edge)

Rows 2 and 4: P across

Row 3: K1 (edge), *K2, yo, dd, yo, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, K1, K1 (edge)

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

When finished, BO purlwise after row 3 (WS).

This is the other side of the work:

How to knit lace step by step pattern and video

Enjoy the step-by-step video tutorial:

How to knit lace in just four rows

Thank you for watching 🙂

Hugs, and happy knitting, 

Carolina – So Woolly

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