An eyelet is a basic lace stitch that uses yarn overs to create little holes in your knitting. If you know how to do a yarn over, as well as decreases like SSK and K2tog, then an eyelet knitting pattern will be no problem for you!
Traditionally we think of eyelet knitting patterns as soft, delicate stitches. There are some of those featured in this collection, sure, but we’re also exploring projects that feature eyelets knit with heavier yarn weights.
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1. Eyelet Front Vest
This romantic vest can be worn over sundresses for just a bit of extra warmth in air conditioned spaces or on cooler nights. The instructions come with four different sizes to make sure you get the right fit.Get the pattern »
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2. Lemon Bang
We traditionally think of eyelets knit with delicate lightweight yarns but that’s not always the case. This shawl can be stitched with any yarn weight, but we love the super-bulky yarn used in the sample above. It really helps show off those eyelets!Get the FREE pattern »
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3. July Shrug
Cotton yarn and eyelets make a perfect pair. This knit is also a great way to use up those random solo yarn skeins that you’re not sure what to do with. Some twisted stitches add even more texture to this warm-weather accessory.Get the FREE pattern »
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4. Cable Eyelet Boot Cuffs
Cables pair well with eyelets, too. This pattern is worked in the round on double-pointed needles, but if you’re a fan of Magic Loop, you might find that easier for adding those yarn overs and crossing those cables.Get the pattern »
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5. Crooked Cable Cap
Here’s another awesome example of why cables and eyelets make a great pair. This cap is a great way to use up your leftover sock yarn. It’s also ideal for transitioning from warm weather into cooler weather.Get the FREE pattern »
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6. Eyelet Wrap
This beautiful wrap uses a two-row eyelet pattern that you’ll easily memorize, making it a nice project to work on while watching movies or listening to audio books. This particular sample is knit in a luxurious cashmere, but you can go for a cashmere blend if you’re on a budget!Get the pattern »
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7. Breezy Summer Skirt
Adults aren’t the only ones who can take advantage of eyelet stitches. This eyelet skirt is lacy and perfect for twirling. The designer also offers instructions on how to customize the size to fit your kiddo.Get the FREE pattern »
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8. Scallop Lace Hat
Designer Ruby Submarine‘s advice for blocking the eyelets to perfection? Block it on a soccer ball! Blocking can really help bring out those beautiful yarn overs, so don’t leave out that important finishing step.Get the FREE pattern »
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9. Grommet Eyelet Ridge Cardi-Vest
When the weather is a bit chilly but still too warm for a cardigan, this cardi-vest will be your BFF. The best thing about this pattern is that it’s knit in one piece, so there’s no finishing!Get the pattern »
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10. Colliding Stars
We’ve seen a lot of smaller eyelets in this collection, but here’s proof that they can make a bigger statement, too. This eyelet is worked on large needles with a worsted-weight yarn, giving it lots of drape while also making it a super quick knit!Get the FREE pattern »
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11. NaCl Ring
Eyelets play an important role in lace knitting, and that’s certainly the case with this pretty little ring. Inspired by salt crystals, this design features random eyelets that give each ring a unique style.
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