Eyelet, Lace and Yarnover Stitches

Take Your Knitting to the Next Level with Some of These Beautiful Knitting Patterns!

There is just a subtle difference between Eyelet Patterns and Lace Patterns. In fact, there are many knitting patterns out there that can be classified as either.

However, technically there is a difference. Eyelet Patterns create a solid fabric pierced by openings which are arranged in different ways. Conversely, Lace Patterns create an openwork fabric that can look really delicate.

Many knitters are a bit daunted by Lace Patterns. Yet, lace knitting is just a series of increases and decreases. In reality, almost all Lace Patterns look more complicated than they really are.

As a matter of fact, all Eyelet and Lace Patterns are made using Yarnover Stitches.

Having said that, it is important to know that Yarnover Patterns are not necessarily either an Eyelet or a Lace Pattern. For instance, patterns in the Brioche family also make use of Yarnover Stitches.

Actually, a Yarnover is made by wrapping the working yarn over the top of the right-hand needle before you make the next stitch.

In effect, you are putting one more strand of yarn on your knitting needle between two stitches. So, that means that a Yarnover constitutes an increase in your number of stitches.

If you would like to learn more about how to work a Yarnover, we have a great step-by-step tutorial. You can find the tutorial here: Learn the Open Yarnover Increase (YO)

You will be surprised by how easy it is to knit some of these gorgeous patterns made with Yarnovers as well as Eyelet and Lace Stitches!