The Chain Lace Stitch (CLS) for needles is a stitch pattern to look like a large and open chain-like mesh that resembles crochet chains. Originally developed by Bethany Dailey for a knitting loom, now it is available as a stitch pattern for needles. I’ve used Bethany’s stitch pattern for my Chic Retreat Cowl before and it is a unique and eye catching stitch against traditional knitting. Knitting in the round instructions and flat knitting are included. Enjoy!
Chain Lace Stitch (CLS)
by Kristen Mangus
- Makes a very large open netted stitch. Resembles crochet lace.
- Stitch pattern is over only 4 row in multiples of 4; Rows 2-4 are foundation rows to continue the same pattern or another.
- Follow additional notes for continuing pattern alternating the chains for an all over mesh design.
- Each chain gets knit several times and moves (slides) to the right needles and back to left to work. As an alternate you can use 2 DPN (double point needle) to work this stitch by working it as a panel.
- Chains created should be knit with tighter & tension. Make sure the k2tog is not too loose or will look slopy.
- Use stitch marker to mark beginning of row.
Instructions are for knitting in the round or flat panel; as it will look the same.
Main Pattern over 4 Rows:
I hope you enjoy using the Chain Lace Stitch for needles. Use this to substitute loom stitches in my Chic Retreat cowl pattern for the Chain Lace Stitch on the loom! – Kristen Mangus