Work a Double-Sided Lace Pattern (Knitted Lace)

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Many lace stitch patterns have patterning that only happens on the Right Side of the fabric, with the Wrong Side being simply knits and purls. However, there are hundred of stitch patterns that have patterning on both the Right Side and Wrong Side. In this video, Corrina Ferguson demonstrates the stitches commonly used when working a double-sided lace pattern or working knitted lace.

Corrina begins by showing a swatch that has lace patterning on both the Right Side and Wrong Side. She notes the wave of the stitch pattern and then compares is to a simple lace stitch pattern where only lace patterning was worked on the Right Side. This second swatch is much more angular than the double-sided lace swatch. She then reviews the different decreases that are paired with the yarn overs to create the double-sided lace.

DECREASES

k2tog – knit two stitches together as one
p2tog – purl two stitches together as one
ssk – slip, slip, knit: slip a stitch as if to knit to right needle, slip a second stitch as if to knit to right needle, slip both stitches back to left needle and knit together through the back loops
ssp – slip, slip, purl: slip 1 stitch as if to knit, slip another stitch as if to knit, slip both stitches back purlwise to the left needle, and purl sts together through the back loop

DOUBLE-SIDED LACE PATTERN

The double-sided lace pattern shown in the video is worked over a multiple of 8 plus 2 stitches as follows:

Row 1 (RS): K1, *yo, k6, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2 (WS): P1, *p2tog, p5, yo, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 3: K1, *k2, yo, k4, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 4: P1, *p2tog, p3, yo, p3; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 5: K1, *k4, yo, k2, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 6: P1, *p2tog, p1, yo, p5; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 7: K1, *k6, yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 8: P1, *yo, p6, ssp; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 9: K1, *ssk, k5, yo, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 10: P1, *p2, yo, p4, ssp; rep from * to last, p1.
Row 11: K1, *ssk, k3, yo, k3; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 12: P1, *p4, yo, p2, ssp; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 13: K1, *ssk, k1, yo, k5; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 14: P1, *p6, yo, ssp; rep from * to last st, p1.

Rep Rows 1 – 14 for pattern.

ABBREVIATIONS

k: knit
p: purl
rep: repeat
RS: Right Side
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: Wrong Side
Yo: yarn over