How to knit Shetland Lace Bead pattern
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How to knit Shetland Lace: Bead stitch (4 rows)

Today, you’ll learn how to knit a Bead stitch, one of the easiest from the Shetland Lace pattern collection.

Traditionally, Shetland Lace is a very fine knitted fabric, made out of real Shetland ponies wool, used for wedding or christening shawls, scarves, or throws.

Although those patterns are exceptionally pretty, some  of them are really intricate…

This is why, I’m sharing the Bead pattern with you: A four-row repeat pattern, easy and fun to knit.

Honestly, I believe that Shetland Lace is within reach of every knitter!

Because it’s Summer, I chose a linen-cotton yarn blend to knit this swatch (worsted weight) #ad


Just to show you that Shetland Lace can be worked using different types of yarn, not only fingering weight + super tiny needles 😉

In addition, this Bead pattern is great for accessories, yet it will work perfectly on a top, cardigan or seasonal sweater; it has a rich texture to it, and both sides look pretty.

Last but not least, don’t forget that lace knitting, Shetland Lace knitting especially, will be 100 times easier if you use pointy needles #ad

They will save you time, effort, and tears (I’ll never tire of repeating it).

So, it’s time to knit an amazing swatch. 

Grab your needles, and a bit o yarn, and… action!


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side

K: Knit

P: Purl

ssk: Slip, slip, knit. Slip one stitch as if to knit, slip the next as if to knit, put both back onto the left-hand needle, and knit them together (left-leaning decrease)

k2tog: Knit two stitches together (right-leaning decrease)

k3togtbl: Knit three stitches together through the back loop (right-leaning decrease)

yo: Yarn over

WS: Wrong side

BO: Bind off


The even rows form the right side of the work.

The are no edge (selvage) stitches included in the stitch count; if you like to have them, add two stitches.

How to knit the Bead pattern Shetland Lace

How to knit Shetland Lace: Bead stitch pattern

CO multiples of 6 + 1 st; i.e.: 6 * 3 = 18 + 1 = 19 st.

Row 1 (WS): *K1, yo, ssk, K1, k2tog, yo*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1

Row 2: *K2, yo, k3togtbl, yo, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1

Row 3: *K1, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, ssk*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1

Row 4: k2tog, yo, *K3, yo, k3togtbl, yo*. Repeat from * to *, toast 5 st, ending with K3, yo, ssk.

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

When finished, BO purlwise, after row 4 (WS).

This is the other side of the work:

How to knit a Bead pattern - wrong side (Shetland Lace). So Woolly.

Finally, enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit Shetland Lace: Bead stitch

Thank you for watching!

Hugs, and happy knitting,

Carolina – So Woolly

PS: Loving the vintage lace stitch patterns? Click here and don’t miss this beauty!

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