The Fancy Openwork Stitch

About This Stitch Pattern

The fancy openwork stitch creates a mesh fabric, perfect for market bags, lace tops, and light scarves. The delicate net design is a great example of traditional openwork. The 4 row repeat is easy to remember and a simple lace pattern for beginners

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Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 4

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On:Multiples of 4

Note: Stitches should only be counted after the 2nd and 4th rows.

  • Row 1: (Right Side): K2, *yo, k4; rep from * to last 2 sts, yo, k2.
  • Row 2: P2tog, *(k1, p1) into the yo of the previous row, [p2tog] twice; rep from * to last 3 sts, (k1, p1) into the yo, p2tog.
  • Row 3: K4, *yo, k4; rep from * to end.
  • Row 4: P2, p2tog, *(k1,p1) into the yo of previous row, [p2tog] twice; rep from * to last 5 sts, (k1, p1) into the yo, p2tog, p2.

Repeat rows 1-4 until you have reached your desired length.

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