Lace Ladders

The Lace Ladder makes use of paired decreases, which eliminates the bias tendency of Faggot Beading and results in a fine crisp design with the ribs going straight up. Lace Ladders are very useful. They make excellent insertions wherever something a little bolder than Faggoting is desired—for example, to decorate robes and beach wear, knitted tablecloths and throws, fancy stockings. They have the advantage of being simple to work, and add width to a knitted piece by opening up the fabric.

GARTER STITCH LACE LADDER

Multiple of 4 sts.

Row 1 (Right side)—* K2 tog, (yo) twice, ssk; rep from *. Row 2—* Kl, (kl, pi) into double yo, kl; rep from *.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

FEATHERED LACE LADDER

Multiple of 4 sts.

In this pattern the wrong-side rows are purled, although the rest is the same as the Garter Stitch version. Note that the "rungs" of the ladders are twisted less tightly and in the opposite direction. The "feathered" effect in the ribs is caused by the way the decreases are placed (see Feather Pattern).

Lace Pattern Direction

Faggoting and Beehive Lace Pattern

Row 1 (Right side)—* K2 tog, (yo) twice, ssk; rep from *. Row 2—* PI, (pi, kl) into double yo, pi; rep from *.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

STOCKINETTE LACE LADDER

Multiple of 4 sts.

When the decreases are reversed, the rough feathered effect gives way to smooth ribs in which the decrease stitches are quite concealed.

Row 1 (Right side)—* Ssk, (yo) twice, k2 tog; rep from *. Row 2—* PI, (pi, kl) into double yo, pi; rep from *.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

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