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Knit This Stitch: Diamond Lace

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The Diamond lace stitch forms a lovely allover pattern, or work a single 8-st repeat as a focal panel surrounded by another stitch.

Diamond lace is a lace stitch, but not true knitted lace, which has patterning on both sides of the fabric. For this stitch you will only be working patterning on the RS rows. All WS-even rows are “resting”. That is, you purl every stitch and get to rest your brain from thinking about what to do!


Diamond Lace Pattern

Swatch is worked over 25 sts. This is 3 repeats of the pattern plus 1 balancing st.

Cast on a multiple of 8 sts + 1

Row 1: *k4, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * to last st, k1

Row 2: purl (all WS-even rows are purled)

Row 3: *k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to last st, k1

Row 4: purl

Row 5: *k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk; rep from * to last st, k1

Row 6: purl

Row 7: *k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last st, k1

Row 8: purl

Row 9: *k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * to last st, k1

Row 10: purl

Row 11: *k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k2; rep from * to last st, k1

Row 12: purl

*Continue working rows 1 – 12 to form pattern as desired.

Diamond Lace Chart

Highlighted area shows one repeat of the pattern.


  • K2TOG – Knit 2 stitches together as you would one stitch.
  • RS – Right side
  • SK2P – slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit the next 2 stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog stitch.
  • SSK – slip, slip, knit – slip one stitch as if to knit, slip the next stitch as if to purl, knit both of these stitches together
  • WS – Wrong side
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  • That would look neater with a central double decrease.

    • That would work! It just depends on the look you’d like. The sk2p keeps the flow of the ssk line. The CDD would finish off the center diamond point.

  • Where did the term ‘true lace’ come from? I’ve been knitting for 50 years and never heard that until lately. I always heard it called one-sided lace or double-sided lace. ‘True lace’ kind of sounds negative. Like it’s not really lace

    • I used to call anything with a lace-look (yarn overs and decreases) lace, but ran into arguments where I was told that it wasn’t “real” if it was only patterned on one side. Hence using quotations on “true lace.” I’m sure the terminology varies by knitter, region, style, and how/where you learned.

  • Hi,
    Where is the key that usely goes with the abreviation?
    Thank you for the lovely stitch.

  • I knit left-handed, and if I followed the pattern, it would not look like the picture at all. I would love to see some patterns for left-handed knitters. I try to knit when the pattern calls for purl, and vice versa. Cable stitches also need to be reversed–hold stitches in front instead of in back, and vice versa. I would love to see patterns where I don’t have to make sure to reverse everything.

  • Could you post the stitches I could use to knit this left handed? I know I have to change stitches to get the correct slants to the pattern but I can’t figure out how. A legend of left handed stitches to substitute with would be wonderful so I could create lace without all the confusion I have trying to work this out mysrlf

  • thank you so much for this pattern

  • On the chart, what do those signs mean? For instance those / and 0 ??
    Thanks…its a lovely pattern.

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