Sunday, February 27, 2011

Diagonal Lace

While I love lace, I don't have the time or attention span to complete anything too complicated or large.  The lacy diagonal stitch pattern below is perfect  - it is pretty and yet not too complicated.  The sample was knit on #10 crochet cotton using US 00 needles (addi Turbo Lace)

Work on a multiple of 3 stitches, plus 2  (3, 6, 9, etc. and then add 2 more stitches)  This is a 6 row repeat:

Row 1: Knit 2 *YO, SSK, K1*
Rows 2-4-6: Purl all stitches
Row 3: Knit 3 *YO, SSK, K1*, end row with Knit 3
Row 5: Knit 1 *YO, SSK, K1*, end row with Knit 2
Repeat these 6 rows for pattern.

This stitch pattern would make a lovely spring scarf in a lace or fingering weight yarn, or even a shoulder shawl.

There is actually a difference between "knitted lace" and "lace knitting"; knitted lace is where the pattern is worked on both the front and back sides of the fabric (yo and decreases) and lace knitting typically just has the pattern work on the front of the fabric (plain knit or purl stitches are worked on the wrong side).  This is a somewhat confusing topic, and there are a number of blogs and articles written on the subject.  If you are interested in looking into this further, below are a couple of links :

Sheep to Shawl Blog


Debra said...

Love the blog and patterns! I'm confused about the directions for row 1 here though:

Row 1: Knit 1 *YO, SSK, K1*

This leaves 1 stitch left on the needle to be worked, so I decided to knit it, as for Row 5. That's left me with a narrow edge of stockinette on the left hand side as I've worked several pattern repeats. From your video, it looks like the instructions for the first row should be:

Row 1: Knit 2, *YO, SSK, K1*

I was wondering if this is correct, before I unravel and begin again. Thanks ever so much - fun pattern!

Debra said...

I went ahead and made that change to Row 1 (begin it with Knit 2) - it looks great now - thanks! I found the blog from the video, BTW. Excellent video instructions!

I began by knitting 4 rows garter stitch, and have added a 2-stitch garter stitch border to both ends of each row of the lace pattern to make it lie flat. Thanks for mentioning the tendency to curl in the video - this solution is working very well.

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

You are correct - Row 1 should start with K2. Sorry about that!! Thanks for letting me know :0)

miriam said...

Hello, I'm a complete beginner so excuse the silly question! But how many do you cast on for this pattern?


Sapphires-N-Purls said...

Cast on a multiple of 3 stitches, plus 2 (3, 6, 9, etc. and then add 2 more stitches)

Hope this helps.

Unknown said...

This pattern works best with a multiple of 3 plus 1 for a better finish

Ran said...

A small variant, for those who find K2tog faster/easier than SSK, is to "flip" the pattern so the diagonals go up and to the right instead of up and to the left:

Row 1: Knit 1 *K2tog, YO, K1*, end row with Knit 2
Rows 2-4-6: Purl all stitches
Row 3: Knit 3 *K2tog, YO, K1*, end row with Knit 3
Row 5: Knit 2 *K2tog, YO, K1*
Repeat these 6 rows for pattern.

Unknown said...

I tried this pattern and after i do the 6 row repeat and start the next 6 repeat by the third row it starts to slant to the right instead of the left...... What am I doing wrong?

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