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Shell Pattern Lace

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Shell patterned knitted lace edging


In Words


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sl1 wyif = slip one with the yarn help in front of the work
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together
yo = yarn over

Note: Each double yarn over is treated as two stitches in the following row.

Cast on 21 stitches and knit one row.

Row 1: Sl1 wyif, k1, yo, k2tog, k3, (yo) twice, k2tog, k12 (22 sts).

Row 2: Yo, k2tog, k12, p1, k4, yo, k2tog, p1.

Row 3: Sl1 wyif, k1, yo, k2tog, k18.

Row 4: Yo, k2tog, k17, yo, k2tog, p1.

Row 5: Sl1 wyif, k1, yo, k2tog, k3, [(yo) twice, k2tog] twice, k11 (24 sts).

Row 6: Yo, k2tog, k11, p1, k2, p1, k4, yo, k2tog, p1.

Row 7: Sl1 wyif, k1, yo, k2tog, k20.

Row 8: Yo, k2tog, k19, yo, k2tog, p1.

Row 9: Sl1 wyif, k1, yo, k2tog, k3, [(yo) twice, k2tog] 3 times, k11 (27 sts).

Row 10: Yo, k2tog, k11, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k4, yo, k2tog, p1.

Row 11: Sl1 wyif, k1, yo, k2tog, knit to end.

Row 12: Yo, k2tog, k22, yo, k2tog, p1.

Row 13: Sl1 wyif, k1, yo, k2tog, k3, [(yo) twice, k2tog] 4 times, knit to end (31 sts).

Row 14: Yo, k2tog, k12, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k4, yo, k2tog, p1.

Row 15: Sl1 wyif, k1, yo, k2tog, k15, pass stitches 2 to 11 on the left hand needle over the first, k2 (21 sts).

Row 16: Yo, k2tog, k16, yo, k2tog, p1.

Repeat rows 1 to 16 for the desired length. Cast off.


Cast on 21 stitches and knit one row.

Repeat rows 1 to 16 for the desired length. Cast off.

Knitting chart for a shell knitted edge

Copyright Sarah Bradberry, 12th February, 2018.

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