Knitting Stitch Pattern: Fern Lace

Read the Knitting Pattern for the Fern Lace stitch

This article explains how to read the knitting pattern for the Fern Lace stitch. There may be other names for this stitch pattern, but I think that Fern Lace is quite appropriate, as shown by this photo of the Right Side.

Fern Lace Knitting Stitch Pattern - Right Side of fabric

Fern Lace Knitting Stitch Pattern - Right Side of fabric

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11 Responses to Knitting Stitch Pattern: Fern Lace

  1. Marie says:

    Very pretty , I am going to try it ,
    Thank You .

  2. Maxine says:

    I am working on a lace shawl with “fern Pattern, but I’m stumped!!!! The pattern is 12 rows and on the second part of the pattern in row 9 the instruction is as follows – Sl 1, work next row of fern pat to next marker,p4, k3, k2tog,yo, k1,yo, ssk, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk; rep from * to 3 stitches before next marker, k3, sl marker, p4, work next row of fern pattern to last st, k1 tbl. Am I suppose to work row 10 (which is pearl) of the fern pattern into row 9?

    • admin says:

      Hi, Maxine,

      This is an excellent question – thanks for asking it.

      The writers assume that by the time you get to row 9, that you have identified in your mind what the interesting parts of the fern pattern are – the things that you did in rows 1, 3, 5, and 7. You might have to make an “intelligent guess” to figure that out! (Unfortunately!!)

      Don’t work row 10, the purl row. That would not fit in well with the rest of the pattern.

      If this doesn’t help, you may have to send me the whole pattern. I’ll connect with you via email for that.


  3. Maxine says:

    Thank you for your advise. The above is a link to the pattern which I am attempting to knit (a surprise) for my daughter who will be married in Aug. of this year. I am a fairly new knitter and I hope I haven’t bitten of more than I can chew as I have never attempted anything like this before.

    • admin says:

      Hi, Maxine – that looks like a lovely shawl.

      The way that the pattern writer wrote it was that in the main body of the pattern, where you quoted the Row 9 information, the instructions in the “Fern Pattern” section, given much earlier in the pattern, were written out in detail.

      So, in the main Row 1, we see:
      Row 1 Sl 1, [k9, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl 1-k2togpsso] twice, pm, p2 tog, p78, pm, [k9, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl 1-k2tog-psso] twice, k1 tbl. From now on, slip all markers.

      In the Fern Pattern Row 1, we see:
      Row 1 *K9, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl 1-k2tog-psso; rep from * across.

      The stuff in the square brackets in main Row 1 is identical to the stuff in the repeat in Fern Pattern Row 1.

      The same thing applies to Rows 3, 5, and 7. The writer copied the words from the Fern Pattern.

      Then, in Row 9, without any warning, the writer told you to do the next row of the Fern Pattern! And you’re supposed to realize that you’ve been working the Fern Pattern for Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7!

      Anyway, in main Row 9, work Fern Pattern Row 9 where it tells you to do it.

      Does that help??


      • Maxine says:

        Thank you so very much for your help. I will be giving this a try this evening and if I have any other problems I will be sure to contact you.

        Again, thank you so very much,

      • Maxine says:

        Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your instructions worked out great. If I need anymore help, I will be sure to contact you.

        Thank very much,

  4. Kyla Fowler says:

    I have a question. The pattern say multiple of 10 + 1 but when I stitch Row 2 the minimum number of stitches is 17. Did I miss something? Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hi, Kyla,

      In Row 2, it starts with a K3. The repeated section uses up 10 stitches and creates 10 stitches, so it’s a basic 10-stitch repeat. The difference is that on the very last repeat, you end the repeat with a K3 instead of a K5. So technically, the pattern is a multiple of 10 (for all of the repeats except the last one) plus 3 (for the beginning) plus 8 (for the last repeat). A multiple of 10 plus 11 more is the same as a multiple of 10 plus 1 more, in knitting pattern language.

      I’m not sure how you got 17!


  5. Ted White says:

    I have just joined and want to try a scarf with the fern stitch. The pattern I have reads Row1 Sl1,k9 ,yo,k1 ,yo,k3 ,sskp. Etc
    What does sskp mean please?
    I know the term ssk but I cannot figure out what the p stands for. Any help will be much appreciated.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the question.

      SSKP is not one of the usual abbreviations. It is kind of like the SKP (Slip, Knit, and Pass the slipped stitch over), but with an extra Slip. So do a Slip, Slip, Knit, and then Pass the two slipped stitches over the knitted stitch.

      Hope this helps!


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