This is a lace fabric in actuality, the only true eyelets being the ones on the edges of the pattern, formed by the first and last yarn-overs in Row 6. From these, however, the pattern takes its name. The remainder is a simple Shetland lace. Note the opening "k2 tog, yo, kl, yo, ssk" in the first pattern row. This is a standard opening which occurs again and again in Shetland lace, like a standard gambit in chess.
The Shetland Eyelet Pattern makes a very pretty vertical insertion, such as might be used to dress up an otherwise plain sweater. Try one panel on either side of the front bands of a fine-yarn cardigan. On the other hand, when repeated throughout the fabric on a multiple of 9 stitches, it makes an attractive allover lace.
Panel of 9 sts.
Row 1 (Wrong side) and all other wrong-side rows—Purl'. Row 2—K2, k2 tog, yo, kl, yo, ssk, k2. Row 4—Kl, k2 tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, kl.
Row 6—Kl, yo, ssk, yo, si 2 knitwise—kl—p2sso, yo, k2 tog, yo, kl.
Row 8—K3, yo, si 2 knitwise—kl—p2sso, yo, k3.
Repeat Rows 1-8.
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