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How to Knit Faggot Lace Patterns

Faggot patterns (basic lace) are really a category unto themselves. Faggot lace patterns are composed of nothing but the simplest lace-making unit: a yarn over followed (or preceded) by a decrease.

A faggot unit can be worked over and over for a very open mesh-like fabric:

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A faggot grouping can also be worked as a vertical panel in an otherwise solid fabric or as a vertical panel alternating with other lace or cable panels:

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Basic faggot lace is made by alternating a yarn over and an ssk decrease:

  1. Cast on an even number of sts.

  2. Every row: K1; * yo, p2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.

To use the faggot repeat as a vertical panel in a garment (whether it’s a sweater front or the middle of a scarf), work one repeat between as many stockinette stitches as you like.