Lace Edging Stitches

Lace Edgings can be used to transform your plainest knitted fabrics into classic masterpieces.
Lace Edgings give beautiful finishing touches to many knitted fabrics.  Lacy collars and cuffs, waist edgings or hemlines change a plain garment into something special.

Most knitted baby blankets, shawls, stoles, tray cloths, table-cloths etc, need an edging to keep their shape, but also to preserve their stretch and softness.   Lace edgigns are ideal for this.

The majority of lace edgings are knitted lengthwise using a small number of stitches.  They are either knitted directly onto the main body of the knitted fabric, or sewn on afterwards. Those that are knitted directly onto the fabric leave no seam, look neater and tend to keep more "stretch" and softness..

Irregular edges are a common feature of lace borders. Very often the fabric has points or waves on the bottom edge. This not only helps to retain the stretch of the garment, but adds to its attraction.  Irregular edges, especially points are still high fashion for garments.

Lace edgings are knitted with stitch patterns that lie flat to prevent curling in of the edges of the fabric.  Garter stitch is very commonly used for the extreme outer edge of the lace borders.

Almost any lace stitch can be incorportated into the lace edging together with many other stitch types.   Embossed features are also popular.  Knitted lace edgings can be as simple or as complicated as you wish.  The very simplest edgings are suitable for fabrics that already have fairly complicated knitting stitch patterns.  More elaborate lace edging stitches look great on plainer knitted fabrics

Lace edgings:
  • are quick to knit
  • are interesting and easy to make unique
  • fairly easy to master, especially after the first couple of sequences are completed
  • are easy to adjust in depth by adding or subtracting a few stitches
  • are easy to design for yourself to match or complement your garment
  • are easy to experiment with as there are only a few stitches involved
  • will definitely impress your friends
  • make excellent gifts for little cost

Ideas and Tips for lace edgings:
  • Childrens knitted clothes can easily be lengthened by adding a lace strip to the cuffs and bottom of the original garment.
  • You can "renovate" old sweaters, tweeds or coats by simply adding lace to the collar, neckline, cuffs or bottom of the garments
  • You could insert a lace panel down the length of a track suit or any other garment.
  • Knit a narrow lace edging in cotton for bed-linin, towels, dish cloths, face cloths, baby blankets.  These would make great personalized and unique gifts for very little cost, ideal for kitchen teas or baby showers. 
Let your imagination flow and experiment with designs you see.  You will be thrilled with your results.


Enjoy your lace knitting!




Very Plain Garter Stitch Lace Edgings:

Garter stitch is commonly used in lace edgings because it helps the fabric to lie flat and not curl up.  It also looks the same on both sides.  Frequently the extreme outer edge of the lace for edgings is knitted in garter stitch.

The lace edgings in this page are all based on garter stitch.


Simple Garter Stitch Lace Edging (1)

 
Plain Garter Stitch Lace Edging   Instructions:
  Cast on 5 sts
  Base row k
  Row 1: k3, m1, k2
  Row 2 and all odd number rows: k
  Row 3: k4, m1, k2
  Row 5: k5, m1, k2
  Row 7: k6, m1, k2
  Row 8 loosely cast off 4 sts, k4 (5sts remain)
  Repeat rows 1 - 8 till you reach your required length.


This garter stitch edging is so simple and easy, yet it adds a finishing touch to your knitted fabric.  It has only a few stitches, so is very quick to knit.
Because it is knitted entirely in garter stitch, it lies flat and has a bit of sideways stretch.   This makes it suitable for waist, sleeve or neck edgings on childrens garments.

Variation:
If you are looking for a slightly wider edging, simply add an extra
row of garter stitch openwork below the knitting stitch pattern:

 
Wider Variation of the Plain Garter Stitch Lace Edging    Instructions:
    Cast on 8 sts
   Base row k
   Row 1: k2, m1, k2tog, k2, m1, k2
   Row 2 and all odd number rows: k to last 3 sts, m1, k2tog, k1
   Row 3: k2, m1, k2tog, k3, m1, k2
   Row 5: k2, m1, k2tog, k4, m1, k2
   Row 7: k2, m1, k2tog, k5, m1, k2
   Row 8 loosely cast off 4 sts, k4, m1, k2tog, k1 (8sts remain)
   Repeat rows 1 - 8 till you reach your required length.

 

Plain Garter stitch Edging (2)
This is another simple garter stitch edging making use of different size holes for a unique difference.
It is plain, but very effective, fast and easy to knit.
 
   Instructions:
    Cast on 8 sts k one row
   Row 1: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, m2, k1, m1, k2tog, k1
   Row 2: k5, p1, k4
   Row 3: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k1, m2, k2, m1, k2tog, k1
   Row 4: k6, p1, k5
   Row 5: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k2, m2, k3, m1, k2tog, k1
   Row 6: k7, p1, k6
   Row 7: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k3, m1, k4, m1, k2tog, k1 (15 sts)
   Row 8: Cast off 7 sts loosely k7 (8 sts)
   Repeat rows 1 - 8 till you reach your required length.



 
Lozenge Design Lace Edging in Garter Stitch
This is another simple yet very effective edging stitch.
It lies straight, has slight stretch and a slight point to each motif.
The lozenge lace edging stitch is suitable for hems of garments, and edgings on any cloths, shawls or stoles. Either side can be used.

Instructions:

Note:  Each even row begins with a m1 stitch. To make this stitch, twist the yarn twice round the RH needle before pulling the stitch through. This gives an interesting finish of small loops along the outer edge of the fabric.
 
Lozenge Design Lace Edging in Garter Stitch    Cast on 17 sts
   Row 1: sl1, k6, k2tog, m2, (k2tog)x2, m2, k2tog, k2,
   Row 2: m1, k4, p1, k3, p1, k8
   Rows 3 and 15: sl1, k5, k2tog, m2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, m2, k2tog, k2
   Row 4: m1, k4, p1, k5, p1, k7
   Rows 5 and 13: sl1, k4, k2tog, m2, (k2tog)x2, m2, (k2tog)x2, m2, k2tog, k2
   Row 6: m1, k4, p1, (k3, p1)x2, k6
   Rows 7 and 11: sl1, k3, k2tog, m2, k2tog, k6, k2tog, m2, k2tog, k2
   Row 8: m1, k4, p1, k9, p1, k5
   Row 9: sl1, k2, k2tog, m2, (k2tog)x2, m2, (k2tog)x2, m2, (k2tog)x2, m2, k2tog, k2
   Row 10: m1, (k2tog)x2, (p1, k3)x3, p1, k4
   Row 11: As row 7
   Row 12: m1, (k2tog)x2, p1, k9, p1, k5
   Row 13: As row 5
   Row 14: m1, (k2tog)x2, (p1, k3)x2, p1, k6
   Row 15: As row 3
   Row 16: m1, (k2tog)x2, p1, k5, p1, k7

 



Diagonal holes in garter stitch
Yet another very pretty design in lace using garter stitch and holes.

 
Diagonal Holes in Garter Stitch Lace Edging    Instructions:
    Cast on 9 sts
    Row 1: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k1, m1, k2tog, m1, k2
    Row 2 and all alternate rows: K
    Row 3: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k2, m1, k2tog, m1, k2
    Row 5: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k3, m1, k2tog, m1, k2
    Row 7: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k1, m1, k2tog, k1, m1, k2tog, m1, k2
    Row 9: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k2, m1, k2tog, k5
    Row 10: cast off 4 sts loosely, k8 (9 sts)
   These 10 rows form the stitch pattern for the diagonal holes in garter stitch lace edging.
   Repeat rows 1 - 10 till you reach the required length.


 

Garter Stitch Lace Edging Designed in Squares and Triangles

This edging in garter stitch shows how you can make use of different shapes when designing the sequence of holes.

 
Lace Edging Designed in Squares and Triangles Instructions:
Cast on 9 sts
Row 1 and all odd number rows: k
Row 2: sl1, k2, (k2tog, m1)x2, k1, m1, k1 (10 sts)
Row 4: sl1, k1, (k2tog, m1)x2, k3, m1, k1 (11 sts)
Row 6: sl1, (k2tog, m1)x2, k5, m1, k1 (12 sts)
Row 8: sl1, k2, (m1, k2tog)x2, k1, k2tog, m1, k2tog (11 sts)
Row 10: sl1, k3, m1, k2tog, m1, sl1, k2tog, psso, m1, k2tog (10 sts)
Row 12: sl1, k4, m1, sl1, k2tog, psso, m1, k2tog
These 12 rows form the stitch pattern.
Repeat rows 1 - 12 till you reach your desired length.
 
 


Lace Edging Using Continuous "V's" in Garter Stitch
This slightly broader lace edging in garter stitch gives a very neat finish. 
The garter stitch gives a bit of a lenght-wise stretch which makes it suitable for fairly loose edging for sleeves or waist. 
 
Again the lace edging in V's is very simple to master and quick to knit. 
 
Lace Edgign Using "V's" in Garter Stitch    Instructions:
   Cast on 12 sts
    Row 1: sl1, k2, m1, k2tog, m1, sl1, k1, psso, k3, m1, k2tog
    Row 2 and all alternate rows: k
    Row 3: sl1, k3, m1, k2tog, m1, sl1, k1, psso, k3, m1, k2tog
    Row 5: sl1, k4, m1, k2tog, m1, sl1, k1, psso, k3, m1, k2tog
    Row 7: sl1, k5, m1, k2tog, m1, sl1, k1, psso, k3, m1, k2tog
    Row 9: sl1, k6, m1, k2tog, m1, sl1, k1, psso, k3, m1, k2tog
    Row 11: sl1, k7, m1, k2tog, m1, sl1, k1, psso, k3, m1, k2tog
    Row 13: sl1, k4, (k2tog, m1)x2, m1, k3, k2tog, m1, k3tog.
    Row 15: sl1, k3, (k2tog, m1)x2, m1, k3, k2tog, m1, k2tog.
    Row 17: sl1, k2, (k2tog, m1)x2, m1, k3, k2tog, m1, k2tog.
    Row 19: sl1, k1, (k2tog, m1)x2, m1, k3, k2tog, m1, k2tog

These 20 rows complete the stitch sequence for the lace edging using "V's" in garter stitch. 
Repeat the 20 rows until you reach your required length.





Some Lace Edgings Using Garter Stitch and Stocking Stitch with Holes


Simple Lace edging in Garter Stitch and Stocking Stitch
This simple lace edging is knitted in stocking stitch and garter stitch.
The stitch pattern creates shorter, steeper motifs.
The lace holes are more vertical which also makes it a bit different.
It is narrow, therefore suitable for cloth edgings, doilies and childrens garments.
It is easy and quick to knit.
 
Lace Edging in Garter Stitch and Stocking Stitch    Instructions:
    Cast on 7 sts and k one row
    Row 1: sl1, m1, k2tog, m1, k1, m1, k3 (9 sts)
    Row 2: k3, p3, k3
    Row 3: sl1, m1, k2tog, (m1, k3)x2 (11 sts)
    Row 4: k3, p5, k3
    Row 5: sl1, m1, k2tog, m1, k1, m1, sl1, k1, psso, k2, m1, k3 (13 sts)
    Row 6: k3, p7, k3
    Row 7: sl1, m1, k2tog, m1,k3, m1, sl1, k1, psso, k2, m1, k3 (15 sts)
    Row 8: Cast off 8 sts very loosely, p3, k3
    Repeat these 8 rows for the lace stitch pattern till you reach your required length.



"Peaks and Pebbles" Lace Edging stitch
This very pretty lace edging gives the impression of mountain peaks with rows of pebbles in the foreground.
Different size holes, garter stitch and stocking stitch are used to create character.
The "peaks and pebbles" lace edging will give a simply classy finishing touch to any knitted fabric.

 
Peaks and Pebbles Lace Edging Stitch    Instructions:
    Cast on 10 sts
    Row 1: sl1, k2tog, m2, k2tog, m1, k5
    Row 2: k5, p1, k2, p1, k2
    Row 3: sl1, k4, m1, k6
    Row 4: k5, p2, k5
    Row 5: sl1, k2tog, m2, k2tog, m1, k7
    Row 6: k5, p3, k2, p1, k2
    Row 7: sl1, k4, m1, k8
    Row 8: k5, p4, k5
    Row 9: sl1, k2tog, m2, k2tog, m1, k9
    Row 10: k5, p5, k2, p1, k2
    Row 11: sl1, k4, m1, k10 (16 sts)
    Row 12: Cast off 6 sts loosely, k1, p3, k5 (10 sts
These 12 rows give the stitch pattern for the "Peaks and Pebbles" lace edging.  Repeat these rows till you have reached your desired length.



Lace Edging with Openwork Rows and Pointed Outer Border
This lace edging is very easy to knit. It gives a fairly broad edge to any knitted fabric. The main body lies flat and has a slight sideways stretch which would make it suitable for the bottom edge of knitted tops.  Thepoints on the extreme outer edge tend to flare a little giving a slightly ruffled effect.

 
Lace Edging with Openwork Rows and Flared points    Instructions:
    Cast on 12 sts
    Row 1: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k2, (m1, k2tog)x2, m1, k2
    Row 2: sl1, p6, k3, m1, k2tog, k1
    Row 3: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k3, (m1, k2tog)x2, m1, k2
    Row 4: sl1, p7, k3, m1, k2tog, k1
    Row 5: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k2, (m1, k2tog)x3, m1, k2
    Row 6: sl1, p8, k3, m1, k2tog, k1
    Row 7: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k3, (m1, k2tog)x3, m1, k2
    Row 8: sl1, p9, k3, m1, k2tog, k1
    Row 9: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k2, (m1, k2tog)x4, m1, k2
    Row 10: sl1, p10, k3, m1, k2tog, k1
    Row 11: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k13
    Row 12: sl1, p2tog, (m1, k2tog)x4, k3, m1, k2tog, k1
    Row 13: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k12
    Row 14: sl1, p2tog, (m1, k2tog)x4, k2, m1, k2tog, k1
    Row 15: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k11
    Row 16: sl1, p2tog, (m1, k2tog)x3, k3, m1, k2tog, k1
    Row 17: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k10
    Row 18: sl1, p2tog, (m1, k2tog)x3, k2, m1, k2tog, k1
    Row 19: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k9
    Row 20: sl1, p2tog, (m1, k2tog)x2, k3, m1, k2tog, k1
    Row 21: sl1, k1, m1, k2tog, k8
    Row 22: sl1, p5, k3, m1, k2tog, k1
These 22 rows form the stitch pattern for the lace edging with openwork rows and pointed, flared outer border. 
Repeat the sequence till you reach your desired length.





Lace Edging with Openwork "V's" and Diamonds in Stocking Stitch Background

The lace edging with rows of openwork "V's" on the outer edge makes a loose border.  The outer edge needs steam pressing in order to keep its shape.
 
Lace Edging with Openwork "V's" and Diamonds    Instructions:
    Cast on 14 sts
    Base row: k
    Row 1: sl1, k6, m1, k2, (m1, k2tog)x2, m1, k1
    Row 2: p14, k2
    Row 3: sl1, k4, k2tog, m1, k1, m1, k2tog, k1, (m1, k2tog)x2, m1, k1
    Row 4: p15, k2
    Row 5: sl1, k3, k2tog, m1, k3, m1, k2tog, k1, (m1, k2tog)x2, m1, k1
    Row 6: p16, k2
    Row 7: sl1, k2, k2tog, m1, k5, m1, k2tog, k1, (m1, k2tog)x2, m1, k1
    Row 8: p17, k2
    Row 9: sl1, k3, m1, k2tog, k3, sl1, k1, psso, m1, k2, (m1, k2tog)x3
    Row 10: p17, k2
    Row 11: sl1, k4, m1, k2tog, k1, sl1, k1, psso, m1, k2tog, k1, (m1, k2tog)x3
    Row 12: p16, k2
    Row 13: sl1, k5, m1, sl1, k2tog, psso, m1, k2tog, k1 (m1, k2tog)x3
    Row 14: p15, k2
    Row 15: sl1, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog, (m1, k2tog)x3
    Row 16: p7, p2tog, p4, k2

Repeat the stitch sequence formed in rows 1 - 16 till you reach the required length.