By Allison LoCicero
Instagram handle: @frecklesandpurls
Allison LoCicero is a former academic medical librarian who prefers the company of yarn over medical journals. When she’s not writing knitting patterns, she’s renovating and restoring the nearly century-old house she shares with her husband and rescue dog. Catch up with her at www.frecklesandpurls.com.
Inspiration: I came across this stitch pattern in Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns and loved both its simplicity and its versatility. Knitting it from the bottom up gives the knitter small bell-shaped motifs that remind me of the tiny blooms on a lily of the valley. Knitting it in a top-down project shows the pattern upside-down and results in beautiful tulip motifs.
Tip: Like many knitters, I have several sets of interchangeable needles. I keep my needle tips in a clear acrylic stand meant for organizing makeup brushes. I labeled each of the 24 spaces by needle size, and now all of my needle tips are organized and ready to go when I need them. I store crochet hooks, pencils/pens, and DPNs in the extra spaces!
Finished Stitch Block Measurements
8 x 8 inch/20 x 20cm stitch block square, blocked (including garter stitch borders)
Worsted weight yarn
Size 7 (4.5mm) needles
17 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches/10cm in garter stitch
Harebell Lace Pattern (multiple of 6 sts)
Row 1 (RS): (Yo, p1) twice, sk2p, p1.
Rows 2, 4, & 6 (WS): K3, p3.
Row 3: K3, p2tog, yo, p1.
Row 5: K3, p1, yo, p2tog.
Row 7: P1, sk2p, (p1, yo) twice.
Rows 8, 10, & 12: P3, k3.
Row 9: P1, yo, p2tog, k3.
Row 11: P2tog, yo, p1, k3.
Rep rows 1-12 for patt.
Stitch Block Instructions
Bottom Garter Stitch Edging
CO 33 sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Begin Harebell Lace pattern:
Row 1 (RS): K3, p2, yo, p1, sk2p, p1, *(yo, p1) twice, sk2p, p1, repeat from * to last 5 sts, yo, p2, k3.
Rows 2, 4, & 6 (WS): *K3, p3, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: K3, *k3, p2tog, yo, p1, repeat from * to last 6 sts, k6.
Row 5: K3, *k3, p1, yo, p2tog, repeat from * to last 6 sts, k6.
Row 7: K4, k2tog, (p1, yo) twice, *p1, sk2p, (p1, yo) twice, repeat from * to last 7 sts, p1, ssk, k4.
Rows 8, 10, & 12: K6, *p3, k3, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 9: K3, *p1, yo, p2tog, k3, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 11: K3, *p2tog, yo, p1, k3, repeat from * to end of row.
Work rows 1-12 a total of 3 times. Then work rows 1-8 once more.
Top Garter Stitch Edging
Knit 6 rows.
BO all sts.