How to Knit the Fish Scale Lace Pattern

Fish Scale Lace
Fish Scale Lace worked over 17 stitches. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Fish Scale Lace is a classic stitch pattern that knitters love to incorporate into fancy pattern schemes. It's actually quite easy and requires just three intermediate knitting stitches with which you may already be familiar.

The pattern creates a lovely lace that has the intricate details of fish scales. It's also a large panel worked across 17 stitches, so it can easily be worked into any lace project you have in mind.

If you've been knitting for some time, you will have no problems with Fish Scale Lace. There are just three main stitches that create the increases and decreases needed for the lace.

Make sure that your wrong side stitches line up correctly with the lacework on the right side. It can be very easy to get off by a single knit or purl stitch, so pay attention, count, and recount as you go.

Abbreviations You Need to Know

Knitting the Pattern

The pattern is a panel of 17 stitches.

  • Row 1 (right side): Knit 1, yo, knit 3, slip 1, knit 1, psso, purl 5, k2tog, knit 3, yo, knit 1.
  • Row 2: Purl 6, knit 5, purl 6.
  • Row 3: Knit 2, yo, knit 3, slip 1, knit 1, psso, purl 3, k2tog, knit 3, yo, knit 2.
  • Row 4: Purl 7, knit 3, purl 7.
  • Row 5: Knit 3, yo, knit 3, slip 1, knit 1, psso, purl1, k2tog, knit 3, yo, knit 3.
  • Row 6: Purl 8, knit 1, purl 8.
  • Row 7: Knit 4, yo, knit 3, slip 1, k2tog, psso, knit 3, yo, knit 4.
  • Row 8: Purl.

Repeat these rows for the pattern. To make the panel wider, add more stitches in Stockinette Stitch to each side.