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Stitch Pattern: Elfin Lace

Written by: Lindy

The Elfin Lace pattern was used in Dishcloth #5 in my Summer Knitting project. This is an easy eyelet lace pattern made with a combination of yarn-overs and right and left leaning decreases.

Elfin Lace Pattern

The Elfin Lace pattern is a multiple of 8 stitches plus 9 done over 16 rows.

Row 1: (Wrong Side) and all wrong side rows – Purl.
Row 2: K2, *YO, SSK, K6. Repeat from *, end last repeat K5.
Row 4: K3, *YO, SSK, K3,K2tog, YO, K1. Repeat from *, end YO, SSK, K4.
Row 6: K4, *YO, SSK, K1, K2tog, YO, K3. Repeat from *, end YO, SSK, K3.
Row 8: K2, K2Tog, *YO, K5, YO, Slip 2 knitwise, K1, Pass 2 slipped stitches over. Repeat from *, end YO, K5.
Row 10: K6, *YO, SSK, K6. Repeat from *, end YO, SSK, K1.
Row 12: K4, K2tog, *YO, K1, YO, SSK, K3, K2Tog. Repeat from *, end YO, K3.
Row 14: K3, *K2Tog, YO, K3, YO, SSK, K1. Repeat from *, end K2Tog, YO, K4.
Row 16: K5, *YO, Slip 2 knitwise, K1, pass 2 slipped stitches over, YO, K5. Repeat from *, end YO, K2Tog, K2.

Repeat rows 1-16 for the desired pattern length.

Reference: Barbara G. Walker, A Treasury of Knitting Patterns

5 Responses to “Stitch Pattern: Elfin Lace”

  1. Amanda says:

    Oooh. That is lovely!

  2. Peggy says:

    Row 2 MUST be wrong!

  3. LindyBeir says:

    Row 2 is correct according to my references.

  4. Teri Fleck says:

    Is there a particular size knitting needle to use for this? Didn’t see one listed or mentioned.

  5. LindyBeir says:

    Since this is a stitch pattern, it can be knit with any size needle and the corresponding weight of yarn for the needle. If you plan to use it in a garment, you may want to do a gauge swatch using the stitch pattern to determine your measurements for the garment.