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Easy Mesh Lace Knitting Stitch Pattern

This easy Mesh Lace Knitting Stitch Pattern is a vintage texture that creates an airy fabric for dishcloths, market bags, and shawls. This pattern’s alternating eyelets are easily memorizable in a four-row repeat. 

This pattern is a great choice to begin learning lace knitting techniques. Get your free printable knitting pattern for both flat and in-the-round projects below. My lesson includes a video tutorial below for extra help to enjoy knitting it up!

Lace knitted mesh swatch in green yarn color with hand on needle.
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Knitting Pattern Construction

  • Bottom-Up: The knitted blanket is created from the bottom up.
  • Texture Design: This stitch pattern is created from alternating lace eyelets.
  • Stitch Repeats: The texture is created with a 4-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern that easily lies flat.
  • Not Reversible: This is not a reversible pattern, because the pattern is visible only on the right side of your work.
Right and Wrong sides of the Mesh Lace Stitch on knitting needle in white color yarn by Studio Knit.

Knitting Supplies

Feel free to use any appropriately sized yarn and needles for your creative project. My samples were created with size 8 US knitting needles and worsted weight yarn.

Knitting supplies for mesh lace needles, scissors, yarn, and a tapestry needle.

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Knitting Techniques

Need to brush up or learn a new technique? Check out my entire library of Knitting Techniques to help you along as you knit up this project.

Love Lace Knitting? Enjoy checking out my Granite, Heart, and Eiffel Tower stitch patterns next!

Mesh lace swatches knitted both in the round on circular needles and flat on straight needles.

Mesh Lace Project Idea

My new Mesh Market Bag knitting pattern will become your favorite eco-friendly summer tote! This sweet boho bag is available in two sizes with a loose weave. It’s great for grocery produce as a reusable farmer’s market fashion statement and a stylish summer beach accessory.

Knitted mesh market bag in peach and white yarn colors filled with fruit.

Knitting Instructions

Flat on Straight Needles

Cast On: Any Even Number in Multiples of 2

Row 1 (right side): K1, * YO, K2Tog *, K1

  • Start on the right side of the work, which is the front.
  • Begin with one knit stitch before the repeat pattern.
  • Create an increase Yarn Over (YO) once by bringing your yarn to the front of your work between your two knitting needles.
  • Decrease with a Knit Two Together (K2Tog).
  • Repeat * YO, K2Tog * all the way down your needle until one stitch remains.
  • Knit the last stitch.

ROW 2 (wrong side): Purl All

  • On the wrong side of the work, on the back, we simply purl stitch the entire row.

ROW 3: K1, * K2Tog, YO *, K1

  • Begin with one knit stitch before the repeat pattern.
  • Decrease with a Knit Two Together (K2Tog).
  • Create an increase Yarn Over (YO) once by bringing your yarn to the front of your work between your two knitting needles.
  • Repeat * K2Tog, YO * all the way down your needle until one stitch remains.
  • PRO TIP: Make sure to yarn over right before the final stitch. I know from experience that it’s easy to forget this final increase!
  • Knit the last stitch.

ROW 4: Purl All

  • Finish the 4-row repeat pattern on the wrong side of the work by purling the entire row again.

Repeat Rows 1 through 4 until your piece is the length you desire. Then bind off to finish your work.

Easy Mesh Lace Knitting Pattern swatch sample in white yarn color on needle atop a green background.

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In-the-Round on Circular or Double-Pointed Needles

Cast On: Any Even Number in Multiples of 2

Row 1 (right side): * YO, K2Tog *

  • With an even number of stitches cast onto your knitting needle, prepare to knit in the round.
  • Create an increase Yarn Over (YO) once by bringing your yarn to the front of your work between your two knitting needles.
  • Decrease with a Knit Two Together (K2Tog).
  • Repeat * YO, K2Tog * all the way down your needle to the end of the row.

ROW 2 (wrong side): Knit All

  • Next, we simply knit stitch the entire row.

ROW 3: * K2Tog, YO *

  • Decrease with a Knit Two Together (K2Tog).
  • Create an increase Yarn Over (YO) once by bringing your yarn to the front of your work between your two knitting needles.
  • Repeat * K2Tog, YO * all the way down your needle.
  • PRO TIP: Make sure to yarn over before the final knit stitch. It’s much too easy to forget this final increase.

ROW 4: Knit All

  • Finish the 4-row repeat pattern by knitting the entire row once more.

Repeat Rows 1 through 4 until your piece is the length you desire. Then bind off to finish your work.

Mesh lace knitted in the round on circular needles in pink color yarn.

Knitting Chart

Knitting Chart for Mesh Lace Stitch Pattern by Studio Knit.

Printable Knitting Instructions

Mesh Lace knitting swatch in green color yarn.

Printable Knitting Pattern

Yield: Easy Mesh Lace Knitting Stitch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate

This easy Mesh Lace Knitting Stitch Pattern is a vintage texture that creates an airy fabric for dishcloths, market bags, and shawls. This pattern’s alternating eyelets are easily memorizable in a four-row repeat.

Materials

  • Yarn - Any Gauge

Tools

  • Knitting Needles - Appropriate Size for Yarn
  • Cable Needle
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions

KNITTED FLAT ON STRAIGHT NEEDLES:

Cast On An Even Number of Stitches

  1. Row 1 (right side): K1, * YO, K2TOG *, K1
  2. Row 2 (wrong side): Purl All
  3. Row 3: K1, * K2TOG, YO *, K1
  4. Row 4: Purl All

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KNITTED IN-THE-ROUND ON CIRCULAR or DOUBLE-POINTED NEEDLES:

Cast On An Even Number of Stitches

  1. Row 1 (right side): * YO, K2TOG *
  2. Row 2 (wrong side): Knit All
  3. Row 3: * K2TOG, YO *
  4. Row 4: Knit All

Notes

Repeat Pattern between * *

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until your piece is the length you desire and then Bind Off.

Non-Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern.

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES AND ABBREVIATION

CO = Cast On Long Tail Method

K = Knit Stitch 

P = Purl Stitch

K2TOG = Knit 2 Stitches Together

YO = Yarn Over

BO = Bind Off

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