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The Needle Knit Lacy Runner Adds a Touch of Elegance!

The Needle Knit Lacy Runner Adds a Touch of Elegance!

Inside: Free needle knit Lacy Runner pattern that includes written instructions for 5 sizes, customization tips, lace knitting chart and tutorial videos for both right and left handed knitters.

I don’t know about you, but as the weather warms up I like to work on smaller projects or use lighter weight yarn.

The needle knit Lacy Runner is both making a great project for this time of year.

The Lacy Runner adds a touch of simple elegance to your table.  This table runner uses a medium-weight, mercerized cotton yarn that washes well and shows off the beautiful lace design.  This pattern features the lofty lace stitch pattern with a garter stitch border.  

Pattern contains written instructions for 5 sizes and instructions to customize the size, plus a lace chart, and links to fully-captioned tutorial videos for both right and left handed knitters showing the lace stitch pattern. 

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By Kristen Mangus

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store or from Ravelry at the links below:


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Medium (#4) worsted weight yarn – 170 (230, 290, 350, 420) yds.
Yarn Bee Fundamental Cotton (164 yds./3.5 oz., 150 m/100 g) in color Ivory used in sample.
2 (3, 3, 4, 5) balls needed

US 8 (5 mm) circular needle with 16” cord
Knitters Pride Mindfull Collection Lace Tips used in sample.

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Approx.  = Approximately
K = Uwrap knit
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together
P = Purl
Psso = Pass slipped stitch over
Rep = Repeat
Sl1 = Slip 1 stitch
Ssk = Slip, slip knit
St(s) = Stitch(es)
YO = Yarnover

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19 sts x 26 rows in 4” (10 cm) in lofty lace pattern


Approx. 12.5” x 48” (66”, 84”, 102”, 120”) [31.75 x 122 (168, 213, 259, 305) cm]


Measuring: I included 5 common lengths, but every table is different.  Measure the length of your table.  Then decide if you want the runner to fit in the middle of the table with room on the ends for plates.  If so, you need your runner to be shorter than your table.  But if you want it to drape over the end of the table you will need to lengthen it. Typically, add 12” to your runner to overhang 6” on each end.

Sizing: The lace stitch pattern uses a multiple of 6 +3.  If you want to adjust the size of the runner, every additional 6 stitches cast on adds approx. 1.25” (3.2 cm) to the width.  Add or remove stitches in groups of 6 to fit your desired width. Each 12-row repeat adds about 1.875” (4.8 cm).  Add or remove repeats from the standard lengths listed above to fit your desired measurement.  Example:  If I need my runner to be 90”, I would use the pattern instructions for the 84” length and work 3 more pattern repeats to get close to the additional 6 inches I need.  (3 x 1.875” = 5.6” added)


Cast on 57 sts. 

Garter border

Row 1: K all.

Rep Row 1 4 more times.

Lofty Lace pattern (see chart below)

Row 1: K2. *Yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1. Rep from * to last st. K1.

Row 2 and all even rows: K1, p to last st, k1.

Row 3: K2. *Yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1. Rep from * to last st. K1.

Row 5: K2. *Yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1. Rep from * to last st. K1.

Row 7: K3. *Yo, (sl1, k2tog, psso), yo, k3. Rep from * to end of row.

Row 9: K2. *K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1. Rep from * to last st. K1.

Row 11: K1, k2tog. *Yo, k3, yo, (sl1, k2tog, psso). Rep from * to last 6 sts. Yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1.

Row 12: K1, p to last st, k1.

Rep. Rows 1-12 of the lace pattern 25 (34, 44, 53, 63) times or until desired length ending after a Row 5.

Garter border

Row 1: K all.

Rep Row 1 4 more times.

Bind off and weave in tails. Lightly block lace as needed. 


Needle Knit Lofty Lace Stitch Pattern Video Tutorial

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The following tutorial video demonstrates the 12-row lace stitch pattern.  It does not include the cast on, bind off or garter stitch border. But links to those videos are listed in the video description, if needed.

Lace stitch patterns look best when wet blocked.  Check out my How to Wet Block Your Knitting blog post for all the details and a tutorial video.

Right handed

Left handed

Connie Alman

Sunday 7th of May 2023


Sandra C Parquet

Saturday 6th of May 2023

It is beautiful, love the beautiful knitting done.