With hundreds of lace stitch patterns to try, where to start? While eyelets or mesh are great easy lace stitch patterns to begin with, why not kick it up a notch and try fishtail lace? It’s an easy 6-row repeating pattern that can be added to just about any project. I love using this one on shawls and slouchy hats. Once you’ve worked a few repeats, you can have this one memorized, making it a great choice for an easy potato-chip-style scarf. You won’t want to put it down!
FISHTAIL LACE PATTERN
Cast on a multiple of 8 plus 5 stitches and work the pattern below. For my swatch, I cast on 21 stitches (8 x 2 = 16; 16 + 5 = 21 stitches). The chart includes two edge stitches, worked in garter stitch, so that the fabric won’t curl.
If you want to make this into a scarf, using worsted weight yarn and the appropriate needles, cast on 37 or 45 stitches. How many stitches you need to cast on will depend on your yarn and your gauge – any multiple of 8 plus 5 stitches will work! Knit a couple rows of garter stitch (knit on both RS and WS), then start the Fishtail Lace pattern, repeating Rows 1 through 6 until you are happy with the length of your scarf. Repeat the same amount of garter stitch rows at the end and bind off. An easy and fun scarf!
Row 1 (RS): K3, *yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 (WS): K2, purl to the last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3: K3, *k1, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 4: K2, purl to the last 2 sts, k2.
Row 5: K3, *k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 6: K2, purl to the last 2 sts, k2.
Rep Rows 1 – 6 for pattern.
- k: knit
- p: purl
- rep: repeat
- RS: Right Side
- sk2p: slip one stitch purlwise, knit two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over
- st(s): stitch(es)
- WS: Wrong Side
- yo: yarn over
Want to learn more about fishtail lace? Check out this premium video where I show you how to knit the stitch pattern step-by-step!