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Stitch of the Month: Knit the Peacock's Tail Stitch

Posted on 17-8-2020 by Kim Koopmans

Time for a new Stitch of the Month with a summery touch! With a little help from us at Yarnplaza, you’re going to learn to knit the peacock's tail stitch this August. It’s a special lace stitch with which to let your creativity run wild.

Lace patterns are HOT! Thankfully, only proverbially, because what really you want during these warm summer months is a wardrobe made of open-worked fabrics. Fabrics that are wonderfully light and breezy to wear. A cool summer top, a fine knitted cardigan, a playful shawl… Yes, please! Enter the peacock's tail stitch.

The peacock's tail stitch is the starting point to launch into the wonderful world of lace knitting. Not too difficult to knit, but with impressive results. The peacock's tail stitch is a ‘golden oldie’ that you frequently find in traditional wear from yesteryear. By combining the peacock's tail stitch with the latest yarns and designs, your accessories and garments evoke pure nostalgia with a modern twist. The best of both worlds!

Do you have the basic knitting stitches under your belt? Then read on to find the free knitting pattern for this beautiful lace pattern, as well as a detailed video tutorial. These feathers will simply fly off your needles.

Free knitting pattern | Peacock's Tail Stitch

Abbreviations

k          knit

k2tog    knit 2 stitches together

kwise    knitwise

LH        left-hand (needle)

p          purl

p2tog    purl 2 stitches together

sl          slip

yo         yarn over

The peacock's tail stitch is worked using a pattern repeat of 6 rows. To begin, cast on a multiple of 9 stitches. For our swatch, we cast on a total of 18 stitches.

Row 1: *k1, [yo, k1]. Repeat [-] 8 times. Repeat from * until the end of the row.

Row 2: *p1, k15, p1*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row.

Row 3: *k1, k2tog, k11, sl 2 kwise then place them back on the LH needle and knit them together (also known as 'slip slip knit'), k1*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row.

Row 4: *p1, p2tog through the back of the loops, p9, p2tog, p1*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row.

Row 5: *k1, k2tog, k7, sl 2 kwise then place them back on the LH needle and knit them together, k1*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row.

Row 6: *p1, p2tog through the back of the loops, p5, p2tog, p1*. Repeat *-* until the end of the row.

Video tutorial | How to knit the Peacock's Tail Stitch


What will you make using the peacock's tail stitch?

Show off your ‘feathers’, just like a peacock. Share your creations using the peacock's tail stitch with us via Facebook or on Instagram using #yarnplaza.


See you next (stitch of the) month!

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