Finding the perfect stitch pattern for your next lace project can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know where to start. Let me help you by providing a compilation of resources for finding lace stitch patterns!
Free Online Resources for Lace Knitting Stitch Patterns
My number one online resource for finding lace knitting stitch patterns is Pinterest. As stitch patterns are such a visual thing obviously, a visual search engine – and nothing else is Pinterest – is the best choice.
I’m collecting stitch patterns I like on my Pinterest board Stitch Patterns.
There are certain website dedicated to provide free stitch patterns, some of them including lace patterns.
Books for Lace Knitting Stitch Patterns
The main source of Estonian lace stitch patterns and techniques is the book Pitsilised Koekirjad by Leili Reimann, published by Kirjastus Monokkel in 1995; known in American lace knitting community as Estonian lace book. It is currently out of print.
Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Pattern series is the stitch dictionary.
You can find “500 patterns clearly pictured including knit-purl combinations, ribbings, color-change patterns, slip-stitch patterns, twist stitch patterns, fancy texture patterns, yarn-over stitch patterns, eyelet patterns, lace, cables, and cable-stitch patterns” in the four volumes of this series.
The number one reference book on Shetland lace knitting is Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller.
Orenburg Lace Shawls
The most comprehensive reference book on Orenburg shawls is Galina Khmeleva’s Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls, published in 1998.
Coming in three volumes and focusing mostly on twisted stitch patterns, Bäuerliches Stricken contains some lovely Alpine lace stitch patterns, too. This books are available in German only.
Oma’s Strickgeheimnisse contains over 200 mostly lace stitch patterns. It’s available in German only.
I hope this compilation of lace knitting stitch pattern resources is helpful for you, and I’m looking forward to all your lovely new lace knitting projects!