Lace-Edged Pillowcases by Alissa Baptista

Lace-Edged Pillowcases

October 2003
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 3 - 3.25 mm
151 yards (138 m)
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Pattern description from Weekend Knitting: “Made by cutting a strip of fabric out of an ordinary pillowcase, then inserting a strip of knitted lace, this easy project makes almost any bed look welcoming. Treat yourself and your guests to these special cases and/or knit them as a shower, bridal or housewarming gift. To different inserts--a leaf pattern and a love braid--are shown.”

Finished Size:

  • Leaf pattern insert 3.5 inches wide
  • Love braid insert 4.5 inches wide

Yarn: Jaeger Siena (100% mercerized cotton; 151 yards / 50 grams): 1 ball per pillowcase. Shown in book in #401 white.


  • One set short straight or 2 double-pointed (dpn) needles size US 3 (3.25 mm).
  • Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: T-pins, yarn needle, spray or liquid starch, iron, sewer’s marking chalk or pencil, sharp-pointed sewing needle and matching thread, purchased pillowcase(s). Optional: Quilter’s ruler, rotary cutter and board.


  • 18 stitches measures 3.5 inches wide, and 20 rows (2 repeats) measures 3.25 inches long in leaf pattern after blocking
  • 22 stitches measures 4.25 inches wide and 28 rows (1 repeat) measures 4 inches long in love braid pattern after blocking

Note from Weekend Knitting: “As each lace insert is knitted it will tend to curl up on itself. To make it easier to check row gauge, knit a swatch at least 5” long, then check the gauge over the center stitches.”