June 26th, 2013

Fancy Stitch Combos – Pillar Lace

Instructions for working the Pillar Lace stitch:
Cast-on a multiple of 3 stitches, plus 2
Row 1 (WS): Purl across all stitches
Row 2: K1, *YO, slip 1 stitch purlwise, K2, pass slipped stitch over the two knit stitches*, repeat between *s to last stitch, K1
Work to desired length, and bind-off purl-wise on wrong side of work

Instructions for working this stitch in-the-round:
Cast-on a multiple of 3 stitches, plus 1
Round 1: K around all stitches
Round 2: K1, *YO, slip 1 stitch purlwise, K2, pass slipped stitch over the two knit stitches*, repeat between *s to end
Work to desired length, and bind-off normally on Round 1.

This week is the sixth video in a new series called Fancy Stitch Combos. In this series I hope to demonstrate stitches that have been requested, and hopefully introduce you to some new ones that I think are pretty and useful. Feel free to drop me a note if you’d like to submit an idea for a video in this series.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:

The green sweater on the mannequin is my Learn to Knit a Woman’s sweater, pattern + video tutorial.

The dark purple yarn I used in the worsted-weight sample is Madeline Tosh, Tosh Vintage, in colorway “Flashdance”.

The bulky yarn I used in the sample is Berroco Peruvia Quick.

The wood needles I use for demonstration are by Clover, size 10.5 (6.5mm).


  1. Cool moon manicure, too! :)

    Comment by Holly — June 27, 2013 @ 2:49 am

  2. Help, I started this pattern and it looked good.. But as I knit rows I’m losing stitches. I started with 100 but now I have a lot less..
    What I’m I doing wrong. Thanks

    Comment by Lilly — June 28, 2013 @ 11:10 am

  3. Lilly – without seeing your work, I have no way of knowing why you’re losing stitches. Maybe you’re missing the yarn-overs? You have to have 1 increase (yarn over) for every decrease (psso). Just keep careful count on every row as you go.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — June 28, 2013 @ 11:15 am

  4. Okay I started it again and I see what I did wrong. I was losing my yo?!? Thanks any way.

    Comment by Lilly — June 28, 2013 @ 11:28 am

  5. I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my difficulty. You’re wonderful!

    Comment by http://www.zlbmx.com/archives/731 — June 30, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

  6. Just wondering why row 2 begins with a K1 in the directions for knitting in the round. This creates a line of knit stitches running up the work. Am I doing something wrong? Couldn’t Row 2 be *YO, SL1pw, K2, pass slip stitch over? Many thanks! We love your videos in the UK!

    Comment by Debbie — July 30, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

  7. Debbie – thank you for the note. Yes, you are correct – I had to make a decision about the instructions for in-the-round. I wanted to avoid starting the round with a YO, which I knew would cause confusion to newer knitters. But you will do fine to skip the K1 at the beginning of the round, and just CO a multiple of 3 stitches.
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — July 30, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

  8. Hi! I was watching the video and is very helpful since I am new at knitting. Can you please explain how you block ?
    Thanks. SC

    Comment by Soraya — October 11, 2014 @ 10:15 am

  9. Soraya – here is my tutorial on blocking:

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — October 11, 2014 @ 11:12 am

  10. Hi Staci! I’m going to attempt my first lace using your fantastic video and pattern! I was thinking of making a short cowl but being a newbie, I wondered if knitting flat might be the better option. Could you suggest a nice way of joining the ends together though? Thanks!

    Comment by Bonni — January 23, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

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