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Get creative with lace knitting stitches.

How you ever thumbed through a stitch dictionary looking for exactly the right stitch pattern for a knitting project that you had in mind? Perhaps you have found a stitch patterns that’s almost right but not quite there? Or perhaps you want to find a stitch pattern that’s different from any that you’ve seen?

In this post I am going to take a very simple lace pattern and give you some ideas for adapting it to create some variations.

First of all, here is the starting point.Horseshoe laceThis is a classic Shetland lace pattern that is easy to knit. In the example above it is worked over a multiple of 10 stitches and 8 rows.

An obvious way to change this stitch pattern is to rescale it by either adding more rows and columns or by removing them. Here is an example that has been made larger so that it is worked over a multiple of 12 stitches and 10 rows;-

Horseshoe lace - largerAnd here rows and columns have been removed so that is is worked over a multiple of 8 stitches and 6 rows;-

Horseshoe lace - smallerNote how changing the scale of a stitch pattern not only changes the stitch count but also changes the ‘look’ of a stitch pattern. For example, the smaller pattern has a much lacier look than either of the larger swatches. Here are all three swatches together so that you can compare them. All three are knit in the same yarn and with the same size needles;-

Horseshoe lace - three different sizes

If you take a different lace pattern and resize it how do you know what it will look like? The best way to find out is to swatch. Swatch and discover.



2 thoughts on “Get creative with lace knitting stitches.”

  1. I am new to lace knitting some of the symbol I don’t understand there is one that looks like an umbrella and it says unit three together in the middle of the pattern I don’t know understand it would you please help me I will give you my my website because I have no emails

    1. This sounds like a knit three together – shown here: However, there should be a glossary in your pattern which fully explains how the designer wants you to work the stitch, or you can contact them to ask.

      If you are meaning you are looking at stitches in Stitchmastery and you don’t know what some of them mean, here is how to find the full description of a stitch:

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