Lacy Leaf Stitch Knitting Tutorial

The idea of jumping into a lace project can often be intimidating, so to help build your confidence give this simple tutorial a try. This short lesson will walk you through one of the fundamental techniques found in lace patterns — the yarn over.

Each time you create a yarn over, this is considered an increased stitch. Some patterns instruct you to drop yarn overs on the following row, but in this tutorial we will treat yarn overs as new stitches, and work them as either a knit or purl stitch as instructed.

So get your favorite needles ready, and follow along while I show you step-by-step just how easy knitting lace can be!

Pattern Stitch

Lacy Leaf

(multiple of 16 sts + 1)

Special Abbreviation

Knit in front, back and front (kfbf): Knit in front and back and front again of next st to inc 2 sts.

Cast on 17 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Knit across.

Row 2: P1, *k6, p3, k6, p1; rep from * across.

Row 3: *K8, yo, k1, yo, k7; rep from * to last st, end k1 — 19 sts.

Tip: When working a yarn over, always bring the yarn over the needle from front to back.

Yarn Over

Yarn Over

Finished row showing 2 yarn overs

Finished row showing 2 yarn overs

Row 4: P1, *k6, p5, k6, p1; rep from * across.

Row 5: *K9, yo, k1, yo, k8; rep from * to last st, end k1 — 21 sts.

Lacy Leaf beginning to emerge

Lacy Leaf beginning to emerge

At this point, you can begin to see a lovely leaf emerge from the stitches. As illustrated, the yarn overs create a series of lovely openings that form the leaf design.

Row 6: P1, *k6, p7, k6, p1; rep from * across.

Row 7: *K10, yo, k1, yo, k9; rep from * to last st, end k1 — 23 sts.

Lacy Leaf pattern showing more rows of yarn overs

Lacy Leaf pattern showing more rows of yarn overs

Row 8: P1, *k6, p9, k6, p1; rep from * across.

Row 9: *K11, yo, k1, yo, k10; rep from * to last st, end k1 — 25 sts.

Row 10: P1, *k6, p11, k6, p1; rep from * across.

Increase Rows:

Row 11: *K7, ssk, k7, k2tog, k6; rep from * to last st, end k1 — 23 sts.

Tip: To learn how to work ssk and k2tog, visit the Stitch Guide at Annie’s Attic.com.

Slip Slip Knit (ssk)

Slip Slip Knit (ssk)

Knit 2 Together (K2tog)

Knit 2 Together (K2tog)

You’ll note that on this row, we worked ssk at the beginning and k2tog at the end in order to start the series of decreases to shape the top of the leaf.

Row 12: P1, *k6, p9, k6, p1; rep from * across.

Row 13: *K7, ssk, k5, k2tog, k6; rep from * to last st, end k1 — 21 sts.

Row 14: P1, *k6, p7, k6, p1; rep from * across.

Row 15: *K7, ssk, k3, k2tog, k6; rep from * to last st, end k1 — 19 sts.

Row 16: P1, *k6, p5, k6, p1; rep from * across.

Row 17: *K7, ssk, k1, k2tog, k6; rep from * to last st, end k1 — 17 sts.

Row 18: P1, *k6, p3, k6, p1; rep from * across.

Row 19: *K7, k3tog, k6; rep from * to last st, end k1 — 15 sts.

knit 3 Together (K3tog)

knit 3 Together (K3tog)

Row 20: P1; *k6, p1; rep from * across.

Row 21: *K7, kfbf, k6; rep from * to last st, end k1 — 17 sts.

Knit in front and back and front again of stitch (kfbf)

Knit in front and back and front again of stitch (kfbf)

Finished Leafy Lace Swatch

Finished Leafy Lace Swatch

If you’d like to keep practicing this pattern, simply repeat Rows 1-21 to make a pretty coffee table runner or decorative covering for an end table. Or, you can cast on for the Pumpkin Spice Pillows, designed by Michelle Treese, featured in the September issue of Creative Knitting magazine.

Pumpkin Spice, Creative Knitting, by Michelle Treese, September 2011

Pumpkin Spice, by Michelle Treese, Creative Knitting, September 2011

5 Responses to Lacy Leaf Stitch Knitting Tutorial

  1. Betty Goodwin says:

    This tutorial appeals to me since I have been looking for couch cushion covers. Now if I can find the color I like, this should be easy!

  2. Kara says:

    Hi Betty,
    It sounds like this Lacy Leaf pattern will be the perfect solution for your cushion covers. I can’t wait to hear how they turn out!
    Kara

  3. BearyAnn says:

    what a beautiful stitch pattern. I can’t wait to try it.

  4. Knitting Mermaid says:

    Your directions are easy to follow. I am always intimidated with lace, but this isn’t scaring me…YEAH. Cant wait to start. I am going to make a table runner and place matts.

  5. Danielle says:

    Thanks so much you for taking time to teach us this pattern, it’s a great help!

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