21 Lace Knitting Stitches

Lace knitting stitches are perfect for creating a wide range of stunning, lightweight projects. Some of these projects include delicate shawls, airy scarves, intricate doilies, and eye-catching lacy garments. I love incorporating lace knitting stitches into projects that are designed to be elegant and graceful.

What is Lace Knitting?

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Lace knitting is a crafting technique that is used to make delicate and intricate patterns. The lace knitting stitches create deliberate holes in the fabric. Unlike traditional knitting stitches that are usually used to create solid fabrics, lace knitting creates an airy fabric.

What Types of Projects Can You Make with Lace Knitting Stitches?

With lace knit stitches, you can create a wide range of beautiful and delicate items. Some popular options include:

21 Lace Knitting Stitches

Below are 21 lace knit stitches. I have included a variety of stitches that range from beginner-friendly to advanced.

1. Stockinette Ladder Stitch

The stockinette ladder stitch is a decorative pattern that creates a ladder-like fabric. This stitch is fairly simple to make by following a basic pattern repeat.

The stockinette ladder stitch adds visual interest and texture to lightweight knitted projects. It can be used to create a complete piece of fabric for a shawl, or it can be used as a decorative panel.

Stockinette Ladder Stitch

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2. Leaf Lace Knit Stitch

Leaf lace knit stitches create a delicate pattern that mimics the shape of leaves. The combination of stitches creates an illusion of veins and serrated edges.

Leaf Lace knit stitches are often used on patterns such as shawls, scarves, and cardigans. They add a touch of nature to your projects.

Leaf Lace Knit Stitch

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3. Chevron Lace Stitch

The Chevron stitch is a classic lace knitting pattern that creates a beautiful zig zag design. The pattern is created using a combination of simple increases and decreases.

The chevron stitch zig zag pattern will add a touch of elegance to projects. When worked with fine yarn, it can create a delicate fabric perfect for lightweight accessories such as scarves or shawls. Using a thicker yarn, you can use chevron lace knitting stitches to make cosy blankets.

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4. Butterfly Lace Stitch

Butterfly Lace knitting stitches resemble the delicate wings of butterflies. Even though this is a lace knit stitch, it is very easy to learn. There is only an 8 stitch repeat that creates sets of 4 eyelet patterns.

The butterfly lace knitting stitches can be found in lightweight garment patterns that still provide a little warmth. These include items such as shawls and scarves. The stitch is great for adding a touch of airiness to your fabric without being too open and lacy.

Butterfly Stitch

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5. Cable Lace Knit Stitch

Cable lace knit stitches combine the intricacy of cables with delicate lace. The intertwining, airy cables create an eye-catching stitch pattern.

Cable lace knit stitches are found in a range of projects, including scarves, cardigans, hats, afghans, and more.

Cable Lace Knit Stitch

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6. Star Lace Stitch

The Star stitch is an attractive stitch that forms star shaped patterns. A combination of yarn overs and decreases are used to create the star stitch.

Star lace stitches are perfect for adding a touch of elegance to various projects. You can find the stitch used in items such as shawls, scarves, and baby blankets.

Star Lace Stitch

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7. Garter Lace Stitch

The garter lace stitch creates an elegant design that looks complicated. Despite its sophisticated appearance, this stitch is beginner-friendly. It only consists of a simple one-row repeat pattern, making it easy to memorise.

Garter lace stitches create a textured airy design perfect a wide variety of projects, particularly scarves and shawls.

Garter Lace Stitch

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8. Feather and Fan Knit Stitch

The feather and fan knit stitch is also known as old shale and old shell. It is a classic lace pattern that creates a beautiful ocean wave effect. It is a simple four row repeat that is easy to knit.

The feather and knit stitch is often used to make blankets and shawls. It is also used to create decorative edges.

Feather and Fan Knit Stitch

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9. Diamond Lace Knit Stitch

Diamond lace stitches are used to create a beautiful, intricate pattern. The stitches come together to form diamond-shapes. The repeating geometric pattern is visually appealing and timeless.

The diamond lace pattern is versatile and can be used in various knitting projects. You can find it used to make scarves, shawls, sweaters, cardigans, home decor, and more.

Diamond Lace Knit Stitch

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10. Open Honeycomb Lace Stitch

The open honeycomb stitch is an airy knitting pattern that features a delicate honeycomb-like texture. The intricate stitches create a fabric with an interlocking hexagonal pattern.

The open honeycomb stitch is often used for accents on scarves and shawls.

Open Honeycomb Lace Stitch

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11. Irish Mesh Stitch

The Irish mesh stitch has a repeating pattern of eyelets that creates a delicate and lacy fabric. The fabric has a beautiful drape and a feminine look.

It is a great stitch for making shawls, scarves, and wraps. By using larger needles and thinner yarn, the accessory will be light and perfect for summer evenings. Using smaller needles and thicker yarn, the fabric will be thicker and ideal for cooler weather projects.

Irish Mesh Stitch

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12. Milanese Lace Stitch

The Milanese stitch creates a fabric with an intricate and decorative lace pattern. It is made using a combination of stitches that form a visually stunning design.

The Milanese stitch is often used for creating elegant accessories such as shawls and scarves. It can also be used to make decorative items like doilies and tablecloths.

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13. Arrowhead Lace Stitch

The arrowhead stitch creates a unique design that resembles arrowheads. The stitch pattern creates a combination of solid and open sections.

The arrowhead stitch is often used for creating eye-catching accessories like scarves, cowls, and hats. You may also find the stitch used in delicate garments such as sweaters and cardigans.

Arrowhead Lace Stitch

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14. Fern Lace Stitch

The fern stitch creates a fabric with delicate designs that resemble fern leaves. The stitch pattern creates a nature inspired motif that is both feminine and natural.

The fern stitch is often used for knitting light and airy garments like shawls, wraps, and summer tops. It is also a wonderful stitch for making decorative items such as table runners and lace curtains.

Fern Lace Stitch

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15. Turkish Lace Stitch

The Turkish stitch creates a fabric with an intricate, delicate lace design. Its stitch pattern creates a fabric that is intricate and textured.

The Turkish stitch is often used for creating elegant garments with a beautiful drape.

Fabric made using the stitch has a sophisticated appearance. It can be used to create a full piece or as accent panels.

Turkish Lace Stitch

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16. Spiderweb Lace Stitch

The fabric made using the spiderweb stitch resembles spiderwebs. It is a delicate and intricate lace pattern. Whether used as an all-over pattern or as accent details, the spiderweb stitch produces a fabric that is eye-catching.

The Spiderweb Stitch is often used for creating lightweight and airy garments. The openness of the stitches makes it perfect for creating garments and accessories suitable for warmer weather.

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17. Vine Lace Knit Stitch

The vine lace Knit stitch is inspired by the twisting vines in a vineyard. It creates a fabric that is elegant, feminine, and breathable.

The Vine Lace Knit Stitch is often used for creating garments like sweaters, cardigans, and lightweight tops. It also makes wonderful accessories like scarves and wraps.

Vine Lace Stitch

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18. Knit Lattice Stitch

Fabric made with the lattice stitch resembles interwoven lattices. The stitch pattern creates a series of diamond shapes that results in a fabric that has structure.

The lattice stitch is often used to make items such as sweaters, cardigans, and scarves. It is a good choice for projects that need texture and a good drape.

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19. Lace Zigzag Stitch

The zigzag stitch creates a sense of movement and adds a modern touch to the fabric. It is a visually appealing design that is stunning.

The open areas of the stitch provide a light and airy feel. It is suitable for both lightweight accessories and cosy blankets.

Lace Zigzag Stitch

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20. Grapevine Lace Stitch

The grapevine stitch creates a fabric with large and small holes that intertwine. The pattern resembles twisting grapevines with grapes.  

The grapevine stitch has a romantic feel. It is often used for creating delicate, feminine garments.

Grapevine Lace Stitch

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21. Eyelet Rows Lace Knit Stitch

The eyelet rows lace knit stitch is created using a 4 row repeat. It creates a fabric with an attractive lace pattern that consists of evenly spaced eyelets.

The eyelet rows lace knit stitch is often combined with other techniques. The eyelets add visual interest to the design of the completed project.

Eyelet Rows Lace Stitch

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Tips for Making Lace Knitting Stitches

Here are some helpful tips for creating lace knitting stitches:

  • Use a lifeline

Place a lifeline every few rows by threading a contrasting color yarn through the stitches. The lifeline will come in handy if you need to unravel your yarn to the line and start again without losing all your work.

  • Block your finished project

Blocking is important for lace knitting. Blocking opens up the stitches and helps define the pattern.

  • Count your stitches.

Lace knitting stitches often involve complicated stitch patterns. It is important to count your stitches frequently to ensure you have not accidentally dropped or added any stitches. Regular counting will help you catch mistakes early and avoid major issues.

  • Take your time.

When making lace knit stitches, take your time. These delicate stitches require focus and attention to detail. Take your time and follow the pattern instructions carefully.

  • Use pointy needles.

When making lace knit stitches, having needles with pointy tips will make it easier to work the decreases.

  • Enlarge the pattern.

Knitting patterns can be hard to read. If you find it hard to read the small print, enlarge it. You can use your copier and printer or rewrite the pattern by hand.

  • Start with simple lace knitting stitches.

Start by practising simple lace knitting stitches. Once you are comfortable with simpler stitches, tackle more complex designs. Starting with easier stitches first will help you build confidence. You will be able to familiarise yourself with basic techniques.

  • Watch your tension.

Pay close attention to your tension. If the pattern has a gauge you need to follow, make sure to measure your swatch. The gauge determines the final size of your project.  

Frequently Asked Questions about Lace Knitting Stitches

What is blocking, and why is it important for lace knitting?

Blocking is an important step in lace knitting. Gently wetting and shaping the fabric opens up the stitches, defining the intricate patterns. Blocking ensures the lace knitting stitches have a professional, finished look.

Do lace knitting stitches use less yarn?

Lace knitting stitches generally use less yarn. This is because the stitches create open spaces and airy fabric. The holes create the lace design, making the fabric lighter. In turn, the pattern requires less yarn compared to solid knits.

Is lace knitting hard?

Lace knitting can be challenging for beginners. The intricacy of the lace knitting stitches requires extra attention and concentration.  However, with just a little practice and patience, it becomes easier.

What is lace knitting?

Lace knitting is a technique that is used to create intricate, open, airy fabric. Unlike solid knitted fabric, lace knitting creates deliberate holes that are arranged into beautiful, delicate designs.

Can I use any yarn for lace knitting?

For lace knitting, to get a good stitch definition, the best choice is lightweight yarn like fingering weight or lace weight. However, most lace knitting stitches can be made using any size of yarn. Using different yarn weights will affect the drape, elasticity, and texture of your fabric.

Lace knitting stitches are perfect for creating beautiful, lightweight projects.

This is just a handful of lace knitting stitches to give you an idea of the large variety available. I have included the ones that I thought would inspire you. There are countless other lace knitting stitch patterns you can use to create truly unique lacy projects.

Just remember, lace knitting is a skill that will improve over time. Do not get frustrated if you have trouble at first. Keep practising and have patience when creating your lace knitting stitches.

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