Lace Beading: a free lace knitting stitch pattern

Here’s the fixed up version of Permutation 3 from two weeks ago. I’ve named it something that might be confusing if you’re used to putting beads in your lace. There’s a reason for it, though.

I used to work in a fabric store. One of the standard forms of premade lace trim for sale is what’s called lace beading. It has an extra purpose: running ribbon in and out through the holes to make a brightly colored contrast or drawstring. This knitted lace reminds me strongly of it.

lace beading: a free knitting stitch pattern (not with actual beads)

lace beading


  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. It is not a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • Lace beading is a multiple of 8+2 stitches and 6 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for it.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this stitch in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • m1p: pick up the bar between stitches from the front and purl it through the front loop.
  • p: purl.
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning decrease)
  • yo: yarnover.

Row 1 (RS): p1, *p1, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, k1, ssk, p1; work from *, p1.
Row 2 (WS): k1, *k1, p2, k1, p3, k1; work from *, k1.
Row 3: p1, *p1, k2tog, k1, yo x 2, k1, ssk, p1; work from *, p1.
Row 4: k1, *k1, p2, k1, p3, k1; work from *, k1.
Row 5: p1, *p1, m1p, k2tog, k2, ssk, m1p, p1; work from *, p1.
Row 6: k1, *k1, p6, k1; work from *, k1.