Lace Knitting and How to Knit Eyelet Lace Stitch Pattern

I am sharing how to knit eyelet lace stitch in response to a recent request received from a lovely British lady, living in Australia.

Kathleen is knitting squares as she is making up blankets for her two granddaughters for their birthdays.

Her granddaughter aged 8 is going to crochet the squares together - how totally cool is that!

Before you get to the pattern, you need to know the following about lace knitting:

  • Eyelets or small holes are the basis of lace knitting;
  • Lace patterns are created by yarn overs followed by knitting a number of stitches together;
  • So you'll yarn over or yarn forward to increase (to create a hole) and decreasing stitches in the same row (by knitting stitches together) (if not, your stitch count will not be correct);
  • The eyelets are arranged to create different patterns;
  • Usually you will knit three rows in between the eyelet row.  If not, the pattern will not be an lace pattern, but a Faggot stitch pattern instead.
  • Eyelets are typically created by:  k2, yo, k2tog.  
  • You can also create eyelet variations with slightly different increase and decreases.

Eyelet Knit Stitch Pattern explained on  Lace Knitting and How to Knit Eyelet Lace Stitch Pattern

how to knit eyelet 

lace stitch 


materials needed: 

  • Any Yarn of your choice
  • The sample was knit with Elle Gold (DK) yarn/Light worsted yarn
  • Knitting Needles according to the thickness of your yarn (I used 4mm, 6US, 8UK)

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knitting techniques used:

size / dimensions (approximate):

5" wide (13.5 cm) x 5" long (approximate 13.5 cm)


With the materials as listed, my gauge is:

25 stitches knit over 34 rows.

skill level:

Easy and suitable for beginner knitters.

You will use the two basic knitting stitches, knit and purl with only how to yarn over knitwise as an added knitting technique.

more about eyelet lace stitch

Eyelet Lace stitch is not reversable.

The right side of your knitting project will feature columns of stocking stitch bordered by rows of vertical holes. 

how to yarn over - knitwise

Whilst you are in a knit row, or the yarn over is not preceeded or followed by a purl stitch, you'll create the yarn over as follows:

  • You can either bring the yarn from the back to the front and k2tog; or
  • wind the yarn from the back over your needle (clockwise) to the back again, and k2 together.


k - knit

k2tog  - knit 2 stitches together

p - purl

st - stitch

sts  -  stitches

yo - yarn over 

knitting pattern instructions

stitch PATTERN for eyelet lace stitch:

Assuming you knit with 2 needles, flat:

Cast on.sts in multiples of 3 + 2

Knit as follows:-

Row 1       - knit

2nd Row   - purl

3rd Row    - (right-side):  k2, *yo, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end.  

4th Row    - purl

Repeat these four rows until you have 34 rows (or until your work is the desired length).

Cast off and weave in ends.

how do i knit eyelet lace stitch in the round?

Cast on multiples of 3 + 2 of stitches and join in the round.

Knit as follows:-

Round 1       - knit

2nd Round   - knit

3rd Round   - (right-side):  k2, *yo, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end.  

4th Round    - knit

Repeat these 4 rounds until your work measures the desired length.

Cast off and weave in ends.

does eyelet lace stitch curl?

Very little curling occurs at the bottom of your work and on one side. 

You will have to be blocking your knitting before you stitch the squares together.

what can i knit in eyelet lace stitch?

The answer is - Anything.

But to list the most used knitting projects, you can knit the following knitting projects, in a combination with other stitches or knitting techniques:

  • Scarves/Cowls
  • Hats 
  • Throws
  • Squares to create throws or blankets
  • Baby blankets
  • Jerseys
  • Other wearable items
  • Home articles
  • Toys

in conclusion:

Enjoy this lovely lace knit stitch pattern and browse around for some more knitting, crochet, embroidery, crafty ideas and inspiration.

Whatever you do - 

Happy knitting!

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