Hourglass Eyelet Pattern [FREE Knitted Stitch Pattern]

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This Hourglass Eyelet Pattern is a delightful eyelet pattern with a 3D effect.

In fact, the meandering raised ridges leave a pattern that looks a bit like a series of hourglasses stacked on top of each other.

Actually, the stitch pattern is created by repeating just 8 rows, making it an easy stitch pattern to knit.

Furthermore, the reverse side also has an interesting pattern. Some people claim they can see baby elephants in the pattern, but in my book, the jury is still out on that one…

Either way, this is a great pattern for baby blankets as well as baby jackets.

As the pattern on the reverse side is quite nice, scarves will also look great with this eyelet stitch pattern.

In addition, it will also lend itself well to some summer tops. So, all in all, the Hourglass Eyelet Pattern is a really versatile stitch pattern.

This free knit stitch pattern is ideal for Level 4 - Intermediate Level Knitters

Techniques Needed for Hourglass Eyelet Pattern

Abbreviation                       Description                                     Tutorial

k                                                   knit                                                    Knit Stitch Continental Style 
                                                                                                                  Knit Stitch English Style

p                                                   purl                                                   Purl Stitch Continental Style
                                                                                                                 Purl Stitch English Style

sl                                                  slip                                                    Slipping Stitches Knitwise or Purlwise

yo                                                yarnover                                         Open Yarnover Increase

k2tog                                         knitting 2 stitches                     Basic Right-Slanting Decrease 

ssk                                              slip one, slip one                         Basic Left-Slanting Decrease
                                                      knit 2 together

Other Abbreviations Used

ws                                               wrong side

rs                                                 right side

rep                                              repeat

st(s)                                            stitch(es)

Instructions (Knitted Flat)

Multiple of 6 sts plus 1.

Row 1 (RS): K6, *p1, k5; rep from *, end k1.

Row 2: K1, * p5, k1; rep from *.

Row 3: K1, * yo, ssk, p1, k2 tog, yo, k1, rep from *.

Row 4: K1, p2, * k1, p5; rep from * to last 4 sts, end k1, p2, k1.

Row 5: K3, * p1, k5; rep from *, end last repeat k3.

Row 6: Repeat row 4.

Row 7: K1, * k2 tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p1; rep from *, end last repeat k1 instead of p1.

Row 8: Repeat row 2.

Repeat rows 1-8.


  1. Hi, Lovely patterns and i’m keen to try some out, however, in the above Hourglass Eyelet 8-row Pattern you don’t state the stitch count and i don’t feel clever enough to work it out for myself. Pretty please, will you add it. TIA 🙂

    • Assistant Editor

      Hi Fionnghal

      Thank you for contacting Learn Knitting Online. We apologize if we’ve left that crucial information out. I have updated the post with the correct stitch count.



  2. Thank you, Stephanie 🙂

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