The Eyespot Lace stitch involves knitting both left-leaning and right-leaning decreases while using the double yarn over technique to create large eyelets. The result is the creation of large eyelets resembling “eyespots” similar to what you would see on a peacock’s feather. If you like the look of traditional eyelets but want to try something that produces a larger eyelet look, then this stitch might be worth a try. Note: like most lace stitches, blocking is recommended for optimal results.
Multiple of 4 sts + 6
Row 1 (RS): k1, k2tog, *(yo)x2, ssk, k2tog; rep. from * to the last 3 sts, (yo)x2, ssk, k1.
Row 2: p2, (k1, p1) into the double yarn over, *p2, (k1, p1) into the double yarn over; rep. from * to the last 2 sts, p2.
Row 3: knit.
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: k1, yo, *ssk, k2tog; (yo)x2; rep. from * to the last 5 sts, ssk, k2tog, yo, k1.
Row 6: p4, *(k1, p1) into the double yarn over, p2; rep. from * to the last 2 sts, p2.
Row 7: knit.
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.
ssk (slip, slip, knit): slip the next 2 stitches knitwise, one at a time, insert the left-hand needle through the front of both loops and knit them together.
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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