Fancy Stitch Combo – Lace Stitch

In this video in the Fancy Stitch Series,
I’m gonna show you how to work a stitch that is just called the Lace Stitch. I don’t know
why it’s just called the Lace Stitch. It could be called columns of lacy goodness, something
like that. There is kind of a simple columned lace stitch. I’ll show you how to work it
in different yarns. And this video is sponsored by Lion Brand. It’s an excellent opportunity
for me to use and show you the yarns in their LB Collection, which a lot of people haven’t
heard of, I discovered. It is their super luxury brand of yarns, and it is available
for sale on their website. Of course, I’ll give you links to all of these yarns and where
you can get them on the Lion website and everything else in the video description field below. When I show you these fancy stitch combo videos,
I, of course, want to show you how to work the stitch, but I also want to show you how
the stitch looks in different yarns and different gauges. And I can use these beautiful luxury
yarns to show you just that. Let’s go ahead and take a look at this stitch,
the Lace Stitch. Here is the Lace Stitch knit up in the most traditional gauge that you’d
see when you’re lace knitting, and this is knit using the LB Collection baby alpaca yarn.
This is 100% baby alpaca from Peru and it’s DK weight and it’s very soft. You see here,
this is pretty normal for a yarn like this. It looks like just a really ordinary, maybe
even a wool yarn like this. But after you knit with it, the yarn runs through your fingers
and the alpaca blooms, and you end up with this soft halo on it. It’s very pretty. It
comes in six undyed colors. From what I understand, it is not an easy thing to dye alpaca yarn,
100% alpaca, so they just use the natural alpaca colors. So this is knit with the DK weight yarn and
… What size needles did I use here, size nine needles, which left me with a really
lacy looking stitch. So we have columns of double decreases and columns of knit stitches,
and they’re separated by these yarn overs. And of course, I’ll show you how to work this.
This stitch, in this gauge, it has some stretch to it. It’s not a rib stitch that’s going
to give you a lot of stretch, if you’re looking at using this for different things. And the
back of the stitch is still very pretty, but it does look like the wrong side of the work.
And this would normally be a stitch that would curl, but because I’ve knit it in such a loose
gauge, it’s not going to curl. Okay, that’s a really loose gauge. We get down to, oh yeah, I’ll do it this way.
This is a little bit tighter gauge and this you can see has a beautiful shine. Any guesses
as to what this yarn might be? It is the LB Collection 100% Silk. 100% silk, not a silk
plant. It is sport weight silk, hand-dyed so you can see these beautiful variations
in the color of the yarn. It has a beautiful sheen and a nice weight to it. That’s one
of the things about silk is that it ends up with a pretty drape to it because it’s a bit
heavier than an animal fiber. If you take a look on the website, it comes in 20 really
vibrant colors like this. In this sample, It’s kind of a perfect yarn for this stitch.
It gives it a little bit of weight and drape. I’ve knit this … Let me see what needle
size I used on this one … a size six, so not nearly as big as the alpaca. We still
see really distinct columns and knit stitches. This one, definitely less stretch than the
alpaca ‘cuz the silk yarn doesn’t have as much give as alpaca. And there’s the wrong
side of the work. And I have two more to show you here. This is an even tighter gauge. Like I said,
I’m moving through to smaller and smaller gauges. This is cashmere yarn, knit with size
seven needles. Let me find that cashmere. Ohhh cashmere yarn, this is 100% cashmere
from Italy. It’s super soft luxury yarn. If you haven’t used cashmere yarn, it is a dream
to work with. If you look on the Lion Brand website, there’s a beautiful pallet of 16
different colors of this yarn. And you can see it gives beautiful stitch definition.
And gosh, I just want to knit bed sheets out of it because it feels so nice. I want to
roll myself in it and sleep. We end up with really good stitch definition, like I said,
and the cashmere yarn in this gauge I would think this would be curling because this is
a stockinette-based stitch. It is not because cashmere yarn is really forgiving, and I applied
a little steam and it’s perfectly flat now. There’s the wrong side of the work. And in all of these fancy stitch combo videos,
when it’s possible, I give you instructions for how to work this in the round. And here
it is in a finer gauge in the round. And this yarn has some good stretch to it. And this
yarn happens to be Superwash Merino, which is 100% Superwash Merino yarn, meaning you
get the luxury of wool, but it’s easy care because it’s superwash, DK weight, and it
has 26 different colors. It is a great yarn. Okay, this is in a tighter gauge, you can
see. We get beautiful stitch definition, and the instructions for this will be in the video
description below. Okay, that was cool that I got to show you
all those yarns. Let me show you how to work this stitch now. I have a very small sample
here so I can take you through this, hopefully, a couple of times. This is a patterned. You
want to cast on a multiple of four stitches plus one. What that means is you take any
multiple of four stitches, four, eight, 12, 16, and then add one. So if you’re doing 16,
you cast on 17. And that’s so that you have a knit stitch on either end. And the instructions
are a bit different for working in the round, but you can see that in those instructions
in the video description field. So row one is a wrong side row and it’s just
pearl, so I’ve already done that. In row two, we knit the first stitch and then here’s the
pattern repeat, yarn over, SK2P. Which means slip one stitch pearl-wise, knit two stitches
together, and now we want to pass the slip stitch over the knit two together we just
did, and then yarn over and knit one. That’s the pattern repeat. So yarn over, SK2P, slip
one stitch as if to knit, knit two together, and pass the slip stitch over. When you do
this, make sure you’re not passing the yarn over over because the yarn over will start
creeping up into that stitch but you have the knit two together and the slip stitch
here. Grab that one, pull it over like you’re binding off, yarn over, knit one, yarn over
SK2P. You always want to slip a stitch as if to
pearl, unless the pattern tells you otherwise and this pattern tells us otherwise. Slip
as if to knit, knit two together, pass the slip stitch over, yarn over, knit one, yarn
over, SK2P, yarn over, knit one. So that was the row and I’m going to just quickly pearl
across these stitches. And if pearling is new to you, I will give you a link to my pearling
video. Just be sure when you’re working the wrong side rows that you’re working the yarn
overs as real stitches because they don’t really look like real stitches. I want to
go over some of the finer points of working this stitch on the next row. Okay. Now, if you have a lot of stitches cast
on and you want to make sure that you’re on track as you’re working this, you will see
that you have columns of knit stitches, actually it’s easier to see in a lighter sample. You
have columns of knit stitches and columns of decreases. As long as your knit stitches
and decreases are lining up with what you see, you know you’re on track. And the minute
that you look down at your work and you’re working a knit stitch here and a double decrease
here, if that happens you know that you need to tink back a few stitches because you’re
off in your pattern. But when you have columns of stitches like this, it makes it really
easy to see what you’re doing. So start with knit one, yarn over. Every row,
every right side row is the same on this. Slip as if to knit, knit two together, PSSO,
yarn over, knit one. And when I did that knit one, I can see that it’s lined up with the
knit one there and I know that I’m on track. Again, everything you see in this video, including
the needle sizes that I used and the different yarns and written instructions for working
this stitch and working the stitch in the round are all in the video description field.
I hope you enjoy this stitch. Good luck!