Punch Work Stitch Knitting
Lace Stitches

How to Knit the Punch Work Stitch (4-row lace + video)

In this tutorial, I’m sharing how to knit the Punch Work Stitch, a lace pattern, ideal for beginners.


First, there are only 3 simple steps that we’ll repeat time and time.

Actually, the techniques required are knit, purl, yarn over, and knit two stitches together.

If you’re just starting to knit, and haven’t tried any lace pattern yet, I’d suggest you give this one a chance.

You won’t be disappointed, I promise 😉

Second, it’s a 4-row-repeat design, easy to memorize.

Third, both sides look very pretty.

Although they aren’t identical, the so-called “wrong side” of the work is absolutely gorgeous.

Honestly, I’d use it as my right side.

Last but not least, the Punch Work Stitch is a nice option not only for knitting seasonal cardigans, tops, or even sweaters

Yet it’s perfect for shawls, scarves, throws, wraps, etc.

Without further ado, grab your needles and some yarn, and let’s knit together!


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

P: Purl

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side of the work

Notes Before Starting

We’ll start with a setup row (row “0”). It will be made only once and doesn’t form part of the pattern.

The odd rows form the right side of the work.

Finally, the selvage (edge) stitches (the first and the last) will be knitted on every row.

This swatch was made out of 100% cotton yarn (worsted weight, nº 4, or medium, smooth, and easy to work with, beginner-friendly!) #ad

Punch Work Stitch Knit

Using my favorite bamboo dpn’s (US 8 – 5 mm), pointy, and smooth, and they don’t get warm or cold, perfect for swatches, dishcloths, and small projects #ad

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Punch Work Stitch Knitting Pattern

CO multiple of 3 + 1 + 2 (edge stitches).

Setup Row: P across

Row 1 (RS): K1 (edge), *K1, yo, k2tog*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, ending with K1, K1 (edge)

Row 2: K1 (edge), P1, *P1, K1, P1*. Repeat form * to *, to last st, ending with K1 (edge)

Row 3: K1 (edge), *K1, k2tog, yo*. Repeat from * to *, to last 2 st, ending with K1, K1 (edge)

Row 4: K1 (edge), P1, *K1, P2*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, ending with K1 (edge).

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

When finished, BO knitwise, after row 4 (RS).

This is the other side of the work:

Punch Work Stitch knitting pattern

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to Knit the Punch Work Stitch (4-row-repeat lace)

Thank you for watching, and don’t forget to share the love <3

Hugs, and happy knitting,

Carolina – So Woolly

PS: In search for more easy lace 4-row repeat patterns? Click here!

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