How to knit the Fancy Openwork stitch pattern
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How to knit the Fancy Openwork stitch pattern

Today, you’ll learn how to knit the Fancy Openwork stitch, which as you know is absolutely gorgeous 🙂

It’s a four-row repeat pattern, two of which are plain purl rows… easy-peasy!

In fact, when working the odd rows, the only two techniques used are: yarn over, and knit three stitches together.

And the same steps will be repeated throughout those two rows, so it’s also quick to memorize.

The Fancy Openwork stitch is a pretty versatile pattern: Use wool (or any of its blends), for Autumn-Winter clothing and accessories.

Or use cotton or linen, or their blends, for Spring-Summer garments.

In addition, it’s a great pattern for scarves, cowls, tops, and even vests, cardigans and pullovers.

Nevertheless, if your choice is to knit a scarf/cowl, don’t forget to add a nice edge or border on each side of the project. 

Finally, I’d like to share with you a couple of tips for success:

What to do when knitting openwork or lace patterns

Firstly, everything will go smoothly if you use sharp-tipped needles (the decreases will turn really easy to do, saving you time and effort) #ad

And, to get a professional result (a plain fabric, without wrinkles, and crispy stitches), don’t forget to block your garment.

Believe me, the difference is massive!

If you are knitting a sweater, I suggest you block the pieces before joining them. 

This blocking board and the pins will be your best friends  #ad

Ok, grab your needles and some nice yarn, and let’s get started…

The Fancy Openwork knitting stitch pattern. So Woolly.


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

K: Knit

yo: Yarn over

k3tog: Knit three stitches together

RS: Right side of the work

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side of the work

The Fancy Openwork stitch knitting pattern

CO multiples of 6 + 2 st; i.e.: 6 * 3 = 18 + 2 = 20 stitches.

1º row: K1, *yo, k3tog, yo, K3*. Repeat from * to *, to last 7 st, ending with yo, k3tog, yo, K4.

2º and 4º rows: P across

3º row: K4, *yo, k3tog, yo, K3*. Repeat from * to *, to last 4 st, ending with yo, k3tog, yo, K1.

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

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

This is the other side of the work:

How to knit the Fancy Openwork stitch pattern and video tutorial. So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit the Fancy Openwork stitch

Thank you for watching, and don’t forget to share the love!

Hugs, and happy knitting 🙂

Carolina – So Woolly

PS: Loving the openwork stitches? Click here to see the whole selection!

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