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Knit This Stitch: Winter Lace

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The Winter Lace stitch is an allover lace pattern. It is worked over a multiple of 12 stitches plus 1. This means to work it in large areas you would cast on multiples of 12 (12, 24, 36, etc.) plus one extra stitch. (So your cast on would be 13, 25, 37, etc.)

You can use this pattern for a wide range of items. Use it straight (unaltered) in designs like scarves, stoles, pillows, and afghans. Simply add a few stitches in garter (knit stitches on right side and wrong side rows) to prevent the piece from curling on the edges. (Something all stockinette based – knit RS, purl WS – stitches will do.) Winter Lace would also make lovely sweaters and shawls when manipulated to work within the increase/decrease shaping structure of these items.

In the swatch sample, Winter Lace stitch was worked in Color Made Easy, a bulky acrylic yarn, using US 11 (8mm) needles.


Cast on multiple of 12 sts, plus 1 st (the sample shows a cast on of 25 sts)
Row 1: K1, * yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * across. 
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl. 
Row 3: K1, * k1, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k2; repeat from * across. 
Row 5: K1, * (yo, ssk) twice, k3, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1; repeat from * across. 
Row 7: K1, * k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k2; repeat from * across. 
Row 9: K1, * (yo, ssk) twice, yo, sk2p, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1; repeat from * across. 
Row 11: K1, * k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k4; repeat from * across. 
Row 13: K1, * k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k3; repeat from * across. 
Row 15: K1, * k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k2; repeat from * across. 
Row 17: K1, * (k2tog, yo) twice, k3, (yo, ssk) twice, k1; repeat from * across. 
Row 19: K2tog, yo, * (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, sk2p, yo; rep from * across to last 11 sts, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, ssk) 3 times.
Row 20: Purl. 
Continue working rows 1-20 for lace pattern until desired length.

*Row 19 Notes: Work across row 19 as normal, shifting markers as necessary to place them at the beginning of each repeat. When you get to the very last * repeat, you will only have enough stitches to work an additional ssk at the end, rather than the sk2p you have worked for the rest of the repeats. Also note that the final repeat does not have an ending yo.


  • K = knit
  • K2TOG = knit 2 stitches together
  • SK2P = Slip, k2tog, pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog
  • SSK = slip, slip, knit
  • ST(s) = stitch(es)
  • YO = yarn over
Color Made Easy – “Shade”
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  • What is sk2p?

  • What does sk2p mean.?

    • SK2P = Slip, knit 2 stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog.

  • Love this pattern

  • I’m a little nervous about lace stitches, but this pattern is so beautiful that I want to save it and use it later. Really lovely!

    • Something like this is a good place to start since it has “resting” rows (meaning the wrong side is simply purled). Good luck!

  • Beautiful stitch pattern. Really want to try it. Regarding the SK2P, not sure if it’s just me or if this is the case for others as well. How do we know if the slipped stitch is to be slipped knitwise or purlwise? This stumps me in most patterns where the notes or abbreviation descriptions don’t specify. Is there a way to tell which way a stitch was slippwd in a close up photo of the finished stitch pattern?


    • I slip my sk2p knitwise. You would be able to tell the direction of the slip by looking at the base of the stitch (where each leg of the stitch stems from). I have heard a few knitters say to slip purlwise and I have tried both. For my personal knitting style the knitwise slip lays best. However, I recommend trying variations to see what works with your knitting the best. A lot can change from knitter to knitter with different tensions and styles of holding the yarn.

  • Do you have a scarf pattern using winter lace.

    • We do not, but cast on a few extra stitches on each side for a garter stitch border and you can use the pattern as is to work up a scarf!

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