Pillowcase Lace by Sara Louise Greer
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Pillowcase Lace

October 2009
Lace ?
19 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in lace pattern, after blocking
US 2 - 2.75 mm
580 yards (530 m)
Approx 5¼" Wide x 41" Long

Pattern Description from Cast On, November 2009-January 2010: “Creating lace for a pillowcase is not usually a project that knitters undertake - it is usually more of a crochet project. However, this is a great use of knitted lace and is something that you will be able to see and enjoy every day! This particular lace pattern is one you will have to give some attention to. There are no resting wrong side rows containing just purls - you will have to be sharp at all times, so this project is not designed for commutes or social knitting. many knitters like to place a strand of contrasting yarn every few rows just in case a mistake is made; you can rip back to the live stitches being held on this yarn. The project was inspired by all the lovely vintage pillowcases embellished with tatting, crocheted or knitted lace. I have seen the lace applied to the pillowcase so that it covers the hem (such as the one in this photo) or hangs from the very edge of the pillowcase. Wherever you choose to place your lace it will look beautiful.”

Yarn Symbol: Super fine (1)

Level of Experience: Intermediate

Finished Measurements: Approx 5¼“ Wide x 41” Long


  • Louet EUROFLAX PARIS (3.5oz/100g, 580yds/530m cone, 100% Wet Spun Long Linen): 71 cone #30 Cream
  • Size 2 (2.75mm) needles or size needed to obtain correct gauge
  • Sharps needle
  • One standard size pillowcase
  • Matching thread

Gauge: In Lace pat, 19 sts & 38 rows = 4”/10 cm after blocking. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Designer Note: Approximately 350yds/320m makes one pillowcase. This linen is not the softest or the easiest of fibers to work with at first, but I recommend using it. It holds up extremely well and you will not have to reblock every time the lace is washed. It is also known to get softer with repeated washings - give it a try!