How to knit the Zig-Zag Lace 2 stitch pattern
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How to knit the Zig-Zag Lace #2 stitch pattern

Today, I’m sharing how to knit the Zig-Zag Lace #2 stitch; an eight-row repeat pattern, ideal for becoming a master/ mistress when knitting lace!


Well, this pattern involves the most common decreasing techniques (the simple decrease and knitting two stitches together), plus the most used increase there is, the yarn over.

Actually, the Zig-Zag Lace #2 stitch has a lovely texture to it, sophisticated yet easy to do, because it’s pretty intuitive.

I’ve used it for the sleeves of a cardigan, to add a subtle touch of lace, and it looks amazing!

But it could be used for a whole sweater too; great if we’re looking for a fabric that is not totally open-worked (because of the reverse Stockinette stitch columns). 

However, if you are thinking of knitting a scarf or a blanket, add a nice edge on each side of the garment (the sides tend to bend). 

Finally, I will not tire of repeating… don’t forget to block your work when it’s finished 😉 

Ok, no more chatting! Grab your needles and some yarn and let’s get started!


CO: Cast on

RS: Right side of the work

st: Stitch

K: Knit

P: Purl

yo: Yarn over

k2tog: knit two stitches together

sd: Single left-leaning decrease (slip one stitch as if to knit, knit the next and pass the slipped stitch over).

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side of the work

This swatch was knitted using 100% Egyptian mercerized cotton yarn (soft, a little bit shiny, and extremely durable) #ad

Zig-Zag Lace 2 knitting pattern and video tutorial. So Woolly.

Using one of my favorite bamboo needles US 6 / 4 mm (sharp tip, great for lace) #ad


The odd rows form the right side of the work.

There are no selvage stitches included in the calculation (add two, if you’d like to have them).

Zig-Zag Lace #2 knitting pattern

CO multiples of 8 + 3; i.e.: 8 * 3 = 24 + 3 = 27 st.

1º row: *P3, K2, yo, sd, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last 3 st, ending the row with P3

Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: K3, *P5, K3*. Repeat from * to *, to end

3º row: *P3, K3, yo, sd*. Repeat from * to *, to last 3 st, ending the row with P3

5º row: *P3, K1, k2tog, yo, K2*. Repeat from * to *, to last 3 st, ending the row with P3

7º row: *P3, k2tog, yo, K3*. Repeat from * to *, to last 3 st, ending the row with P3.

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

When finished, BO working each stitch as it presents, after a row 7 (WS).

This is the wrong side of the work:

Zig-Zag Lace #2 knitting stitch pattern. So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

Zig-Zag Lace #2 knitting stitch pattern

I hope you like it 😉

Hugs and happy knitting.


Carolina – So Woolly

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