The Diagonal Openwork Lace Stitch

About this Stitch Pattern

The diagonal openwork stitch is a lace pattern with rows of slanting eyelets. It creates a lacy fabric with a nice geometric design. The pattern is made by shifting a similar lace row over one stitch, every other row, resulting in an offset diagonal stripe. This makes it relatively easy to knit once you get the hang of the repeat.

Use this stitch in a shawl, market bag, or lacy scarf.

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Stitch Pattern Details

Skill Level


Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 4 + 2

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 4 + 2

  • Row 1 (RS): *K1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo; rep from * to last 2sts, k2.
  • Row 2: Purl
  • Row 3: K2, *yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1; rep from * to end.
  • Row 4: Purl
  • Row 5: K2tog, yo, k1, yo, *sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, yo; rep from *to last 3 sts, sl1-k1-psso, k1.
  • Row 6: Purl
  • Row 7: K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, *sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, yo; rep from * to last 2sts, sl1-k1-psso.
  • Row 8: Purl

Repeat these 8 rows until you have reached your desired length.

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Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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6 thoughts on “The Diagonal Openwork Lace Stitch

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      A peso is a form of currency in Mexico. It also happens to be what psso gets auto corrected to when we aren’t paying attention.

  1. Susan says:

    Do you an example of a finished piece in this stitch? I am in the process of trying to knit a shawl desihned by Dorothy Reade. It is beautiful but so complex that I am ready to give up. I am looking for a different pattern.


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