How to knit the Saint John's Wort lace stitch
Lace Stitches

Saint John’s Wort stitch pattern: For knitting tops and wraps

Spring has sprung and it’s time to knit a top or a wrap using this adorable stitch: The Saint John’s Wort pattern. A delicate lace stitch that is easy to knit, and full of texture (similar to the Lace Mesh stitch pattern, we practiced some months ago).

This is one of those stitches, at first sight, appears complex, due to its crossed pattern, but the good news is there’s no need of cable needles, nor fancy tricks! Keep reading, you’ll see!

Before we start, I would like to share something important with you… When knitting lace stitches, I recommend two things:

1) Use sharp tip knitting needles.

It will save you time and effort 😉

2) When finished, please, block your work…

The best way of doing it is by using a blocking board, or blocking mats. You’ll be amazed at the result!

The Saint John’s Wort stitch is a traditional pattern, that we can call true lace, such as the Vintage lace stitch, because the lace is worked on each row (the even rows are not plain purl rows).

How to knit the Saint John's Wort lace stitch pattern: Great for knitting Spring wraps and tops. So Woolly.

This swatch was knitted using 100% mercerized cotton yarn (worsted weight)  

and US 5 (3,75 mm) needles.


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

P: Purl

sl1: Slip 1 stitch as if to knit (pass the stitch knit-wise onto the right-hand needle, without knitting it) 

passslo2: Pass the slipped stitch over the last 2

yo: Yarn over (bring the yarn forward)

BO: Bind off

Saint John’s Wort stitch

CO multiples of 6; i.e.: 6 * 3 = 18 stitches.

1º row (RS): *sl1, K2, passslo2, K3*. Repeat from * to *, to the end.

2º row: P4, *yo, P5*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, yo, P1.

3º row: *K3, sl1, K2, passslo2*. Repeat from * to *, to the end.

4º row: P1, *yo, P5*. Repeat from * to *, to last 4 st, yo, P4.

These four rows form the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached. When finished, BO knitwise after a row 4.

This is the wrong side:

How to knit easy lace stitches, step by step. Free online patterns and video tutorials. So Woolly.

And now, enjoy the video:

Saint John’s Wort stitch

I hope you like it!

Stay home, stay safe and happy knitting 🙂


Carolina – So Woolly

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