The Flemish Block Lace Pattern

This is a popular and easy lace pattern you need to know

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Flemish Block Lace is a fantastic reversible lace knitting pattern that is both stunning to look at and easy to create. It's a great introductory pattern for lace stitching and a favorite for many knitters.

The pattern creates a series of elongated diamonds that resemble Flemish brickwork, which is known for its fancier styling and high detail. The diagonal pattern is captivating when it is knit with light and sport weight yarns, though it can also be used to create a cozy scarf with your favorite worsted weight.

One thing is for certain, the Flemish Block Lace pattern is one that should be included in your knitting stitch library. You'll find it to be the perfect stitch pattern for a variety of projects over the years.

The Flemish Block Lace Pattern

Works on multiples of 14 plus 3 stitches. For example, cast on 45 stitches to repeat the pattern three times in each row.

Pattern abbreviations you need to know:

Row 1 (and all wrong side rows): Purl.

Row 2: k2, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k4. Repeat from * across, ending k1.

Row 4: k1, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k4. Repeat from * across, ending k2.

Row 6: k2tog, yo, *k5, yo, slip 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k4, k2tog, yo. Repeat from *, ending k1.

Row 8: k2, *yo, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1. Repeat from *, ending k1.

Row 10: k3, *yo, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3. Repeat from *.

Row 12: k4, *yo, ssk, k4, yo, k3tog, yo, k5. Repeat from *, ending last repeat k4.

Repeat these rows for the pattern until your work reaches the desired length.

Using the Flemish Block Lace in Knitting Projects

Reversible stitch patterns are some of the most useful you will find because they look great on both the right and wrong sides of the finished garment. The Flemish Block Lace just happens to be one of the best and it's perfect for creating many of our favorite types of wearable knit projects.

  • Scarves - Whether you use a sleek sport weight yarn or one that's bulkier like the average worsted weight, this pattern is an easy one for scarves. After the first few pattern repeats, you will have the pattern memorized and make quick work of even the longest wrap around scarf.
  • Shawls and Wraps - Keep your shawl shape as a rectangle and this is a fantastic wrap pattern. The yarn can set the mood, from casual to fancy, and a bit of fringe can really set it off.
  • Fingerless Gloves - When knit with a light lace yarn, this pattern can be used to make the most elegant pair of fingerless gloves. Make them extra long to run past the elbow to wear with a sleeveless evening gown or prom dress.
  • Cowls - Many cowls are big and bulky, but the neck warmer doesn't have to be. Knit this lace pattern with a lighter weight yarn as you would a scarf and join the two ends. This will create the perfect, light accessory for spring and autumn outfits.
  • Afghans and Pillows - You can quickly remake the look of your living room by using this single pattern to create a throw blanket and matching pillows. Get wild and switch up the colors from one side of the pillow to the other so you can have a different look every day!

While versatile, lace patterns like Flemish Block Lace are not suited for every project. The interwoven diamond pattern makes color changes tricky, so it's best to stick with a single color of yarn or use a multi-colored, variegated yarn. Bulky yarns are also not the best for lace patterns as the laciness often gets lost in the bulk. Save those yarns for basketweaves and other quilted patterns.

This particular pattern is best for square and rectangular shaped projects. Because of the repeating pattern, this is not the easiest lace to use for shaping. If you're going to increase and decrease just a few stitches throughout the entire pattern, you should be okay. 

However, if you're thinking of making something like a triangle shawl, you will have a harder time creating a clean edge. This is because it takes 14 full stitches for the pattern to repeat, which is 7 rows of increases in knitting. That requires a lot of careful planning and an extreme attention to detail. It can be done, but it is not easy.