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Try this Stitch: Arrowhead Lace

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Try this Stitch: Arrowhead Lace

Arrowhead lace is a beautiful stitch that looks intricate without being too complex or difficult.


The four-row pattern repeats across 10 stitches, with one extra cast on for symmetry. A single repeat (11 stitches) makes a great headband, or can be incorporated into a larger piece, like a hat or sweater. Two or three repeats (21 or 31 stitches) make for a nice, open scarf. Cast on even more — 61, 71, 81 — for a wide shawl or wrap, perfect for summer nights or inside a chilly office.

While the intricacy of arrowhead lace really shines in a solid yarn, something with subtle variegation could look lovely as well. You may want to avoid something with color changes that are too bold or too frequent, as they may detract from the stitchwork.

We have a large selection of knit and crochet stitches and motifs, called the Stitch Finder. In it, you’ll find all kinds of interesting things. Lace, cables, flowers, trims, you name it. You can make an entire blanket from the blocks you’ll find on that page, too. All the patterns listed are reprinted with permission from various books.

Arrowhead Lace


Cast on a multiple of ten stitches, plus one (11, 21, 31, 41, and so on).

Row 1 (WS): Purl

Row 2 (RS): K1, *[yo, ssk] twice, k1, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1; rep from * to end

Row 3: Purl

Row 4: K2, *yo, ssk, yo, sl 2 knitwise-k1-p2sso, yo, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from *, end last rep k2

Rep rows 1-4.

The sample pictured is knit with 24/7 Cotton® on US 6 (4.0 mm) needles. However, the Arrowhead stitch pattern would look lovely in any weight. One with good stitch definition like the cotton would be best, so for a slightly heavier knit, Woolspun® would be a nice choice. The sample is 11 stitches wide, which is one lace repeat.

This pattern is reprinted with permission from  Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Volume One, Sixth & Spring Books, 2005.

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  • I tried it but got 2 distinctly different patterns on each side of the middle row. Haha.

  • Can’t post a picture of it but i’ve done an entire arrowhead lace bed spread. Started with a scarf though. A bit of advice is to use a yarn that shows the stitches well and needles that might be a size to small. And don’t worry about ripping the whole thing out.

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