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How to knit the eyelash stitch

 

This week has been all about adding texture to your knits. We’ve explored rosettes, which are petite versions of bobbles. We’ve tried wrapping stitches and twisting stitches and crossing stitches as well. We’ve even bound off stitches in the middle of the row, only to pick them up on the way back. Today we’re going to learn how to knit the eyelash stitch, which is actually a variation on the tuck stitch.

As you can see in the photo below, the eyelash stitch gets its name quite literally from the appearance it has in the finished fabric. A panel of eyelash stitches would be a fun design element to place along the edge of a V-neck sweater, or as the cuffs or waist band, too. It can be easily incorporated into a scarf or cowl or the cuff of a sock.

Eyelash Stitch
Eyelash Stitch

 

The eyelash stitch shows up the best on a background of reverse stockinette. So for your practice swatch, you’ll need a panel of an odd number of stitches to make the motif. The central 7 stitches will be where you will knit the eyelash stitch, so you may want to set them apart with stitch markers.

Work 5 rows in plain reverse stockinette stitch. The first row of the motif is the 6th row which is a wrong-side row. Work to the center 7 sts, knit 3, yarn over, ssk, knit 2, and continue the rest of the row. Then work 4 more rows plain.

Working the eyelet
Working the eyelet

 

Knit eyelet stitch, knit to the end of the row
Knit eyelet stitch, knit to the end of the row

 

Eyelet in reverse stockinette stitch
Eyelet in reverse stockinette stitch

 

The next right-side row is where all the fun happens. Here’s where we work the tuck stitch. Work to the center 7 sts, purl 2 sts, insert the right needle into the eyelet 4 rows below and bring up a loop of yarn quite loosely. The loop should be pulled up past the height of the current row. See the photo for an idea of what it should look like. If the loop is too tight the fabric will pucker.

Then, purl 2 sts, repeat the tuck stitch and pull up the loop to the same height as the other. Then purl 2 sts and repeat the tuck stitch once more; purl 1, and continue across.

The tuck stitch
The tuck stitch

 

If you study the right-side of the work you’ll see 2 sts between each tuck stitch loop (green arrows) and from the wrong side the strands down to the eyelet appear to be a half-stitch off, but there are still 2 stitches between the gaps (pink arrows)

Identifying the tuck stitches and neighboring purl stitches
Identifying the tuck stitches and neighboring purl stitches

 

Now working across the wrong side of the fabric, come to the center 7 stitches, [k1, purl the loop and the next st together], repeat between [ ] twice more, and then knit the last of the 7 sts, and continue across.

Work 3 more rows plain and you’re ready to make another eyelash stitch.

Completed eyelash stitch
Completed eyelash stitch

 

And that’s all there is to this cute stitch motif. I hope you enjoy knitting the eyelash stitch. The next time I design something, I’m going to try this with a yarn dyed in a long colorway to see if the eyelashes contrast well against the stitches behind them.

 

 

About Charles Voth

I’m Charles Voth, a crochet and knitting professional. I enjoy reviewing yarns and tools to help others find materials that will help them be happy with what they stitch. I design garments and accessories and items for the home. I teach both crafts at yarn stores, in schools, and at craft shows and retail events. I am also a technical editor of both crochet and knitting patterns and illustrate the charts and diagrams that make pattern reading accessible to so many.

7 Comments

  1. Meg Trema

    So inspiring! I love how this stich looks, thank you so much for this.

    • Thanks Meg! I hope you try incorporating it into a project soon. Please come back and let us know if you have and where we can see a picture of it.

  2. It is a beautiful stich, congratulations on your first issue, how excited!

  3. karen powell

    loved your free pdf, love your blog and its patterns, great easy instructions…and that is so nice as i am a beginner and am having a hard time picking up the knitting skill…so much to learn….but im slowly getting it.
    love the eyelash stitch…so funky. thx for having the contest…i am trying baby bootie patterns as so many of my freinds are having kids right now…great xmas tree decorations too out of the booties….loving it.

  4. Samm Enlow

    Charles, you amaze me! I hadn’t ever seen this stitch before. How pretty! I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite from your latest posts here. I love the bobble using a crochet hook too. :) Keep writing! I’m loving the ideas and your instructions are very clear.
    samm

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