When it comes to design, the Diagonal Mesh Lace stitch resembles its cousin, the Mesh Lace stitch. Unlike the Mesh Lace stitch where the lace stitches run vertically, the Diagonal Mesh Lace stitch’s lace design runs diagonally, slanting downward from left to right. Knitted in a multiple of four stitches plus two and done in an eight-row repeat, this stitch pattern produces a clean, no-fuss, uniform look, making it perfect for mesh projects such as summer cover-ups and market bags. Note: edges do not curl therefore, blocking is not necessary.
Multiple of 4 sts + 2
Row 1 (RS): *k1, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo; rep. from * to the last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 and all even rows: purl.
Row 3: k2, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1; rep. from * to the end.
Row 5: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, *sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, yo; rep. from * to the last 3 sts, sl 1, k1, psso, k1.
Row 7: k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, *sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, yo; rep. from * to the last 2 sts, sl 1, k1, psso.
Row 8: purl.
Repeat Rows 1-8.
yo (yarn over): wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle from back to front counterclockwise before knitting the next stitch. Then work the next stitch as normal.
k2tog (knit 2 together): insert the right-hand needle into the first two stitches on the left-hand needle and wrap the working yarn around the right-hand needle as if you would for a knit stitch. Pull the yarn through both stitches and slide both stitches off the left-hand needle. You have now knitted two stitches together thus resulting in a right-leaning decrease.
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