How to Knit Wheatear Stitch Pattern, A Textured Lace Stitch

Learn how to knit Wheatear stitch, a lovely lace knitting pattern, dainty enough for a little girl but also feminine for you.

The Wheatear stitch is striking and is ideal for your next knitting project.

There are loads of hand embroidery stitches with similar names as the wheatear or wheat ear stitch and the similarities are visible.

Wheatear Knit stitch pattern by Pinterest How to Knit Wheatear Stitch Pattern, A Textured Lace Stitch

how to knit wheatear

stitch -or wheat ear stitch

an embossed-like lace knit pattern. 

The Wheatear knit stitch pattern has a purl stitch background that makes the wheatears stand out, almost embossed. You will be surprised how easy this stitch is to master. The pattern is a 16-row repeat in multiples of 8 + 6.


  • Wheatear stitch reminds of the hand embroidery design for - you guessed it, wheatear stitch (hand embroidery).
  • The pattern is not reversible.
  • One knitting technique used is to yarn forward after a knit stitch and before a slip stitch.
  • Another knit technique is to yarn round needle (better explained below).

materials needed: 

  • Any Yarn of your choice. There are so many different fibers to choose from, you need to consider what your finished product would be first.
  • The sample was knit with Elle Gold DK weight yarn or Light worsted yarn
  • Knitting needle size according to the thickness of your yarn (I used 4mm, 6 US size , 8 UK size)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • The Pattern

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basic stitches used:

  • Casting on stitches
  • Knit stitches
  • Purl st
  • P2tog
  • Psso - pull slipped st over
  • Yarn forward and yarn round needle (yf) (yrn)
  • Casting off stitches

size / dimensions (approximate):

5" wide (13.5 cm) x 4" long (approximate 8 cm) - 30 sts knit over 28 rows


With the materials as listed, my gauge is (to obtain a 4" x 4"):

25 stitches knit over 28 rows.

skill level:

Intermediate Knitting experience needed, especially if you need to frog!


*– * - repeat from *

co - cast on

k - knit

p - purl

p2 tog - purl 2 stitches together

RS - right side

st  - stitch

sts - stitches

yf - yarn forward

yrn - yarn round needle



Eyelets are

  • openings created in your knitting project.
  • by winding the yarn over your right needle (or round the needle).
  • yarn over equals a new stitch and to compensate for the 'new' stitch, you'll be knitting or purling 2 (or more) stitches together in preceding or following stitches.
  • This is to maintain your stitch count.
  • the golden rule of yarnovers is to always bring your working yarn from the back to the front and to continue with your knit or purl in the usual manner.

The method of the yarn over you're going to be using depends on:

  • your knit style (i.e continental or english).
  • only because you're handling your yarn differently.
  • In Continental knitting, yarnovers are all the same.

In English knitting, yarn overs are created differently:

  • yarn overs between knit stitches are referred to as 'yarn forward' (yfwd).
  • between purl stitches, yarn round needle (yrn).
  • yarn over between purl and knit stitches, is named yarn over needle (yon) and
  • yarn over between knit and purl stitches are called yarn forward, followed by yarn round needle (yfwd, yrn).

A knit pattern will not (usually) instruct you to yo between knit and purl stitches. Moving the yarn back and forth between knit and purl stitches is part of stitch creation and not the knit technique used to create lace patterns.


knitting pattern instructions


Assuming you knit with 2 straight needles:

Co in multiples of 8, plus 6.

Knit as follows:-

1st Row (RS) - p5, *k2, yf, sl1, k1, psso, p4, repeat from* to last st, p1.

2nd Row - k5, *p2, yrn, p2tog, k4*; repeat from* to last st, k1.

3rd Row - as row 1.

4th Row - as row 2.

5th Row - as row 1.

6th Row - as row 2.

7th Row - as row 1.

8th Row - as row 2.

9th Row - p1, *k2, yf, sl1, k1, psso, p4, repeat from* to last 5 sts, k2, yf, sl1, k1, psso, p1.

10th Row - k1, *p2, yrn, p2tog, k4*; repeat from* to last 5 sts, p2, yrn, p2tog, k1.

11th Row - as row 9.

12th Row - as row 10.

13th Row - as row 9.

14th Row - as row 10.

15th Row - as row 9.

16th Row - as row 10.

Repeat rows 1 - 16 until your work is the desired length.

Cast off and weave in ends.

There are other variations of the wheat stitch, like:

  • Wheat Stitch
  • 3D Wheatear Stitch
  • Wheatsheaf Stitch
  • Wheat ear Cable Stitch
  • Wheatear Rib Stitch
  • Double Wheat Stitch
  • Wheat in the Wind Stitch
  • Wheat ear Loop Stitch
  • Dutch Wheat Stitch
  • Field of Wheat Stitch


This new stitch pattern can be used in the following knitting projects (mostly free patterns):

  • Scarves/Cowls/Wraps
  • Wheat ear cuff (boot)
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Baby blankets
  • Jerseys
  • Ladies Top
  • Cardigan Jacket
  • Hats
  • Shawls
  • Pillows
  • Socks or Leg Warmers

in conclusion:

For more free knitting stitch patterns click on the 'KNITTING STITCHES' tab in the menu (top right).

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Whatever you do -

Happy knitting!

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