marshmallow lace free knitting pattern

Hi everyone!  I have gotten a couple of comments on my marshmallow lace pullover on Ravelry saying that the it was confusing, so I wanted to say a couple things about the pattern - first of all, if you've tried it, please please let me know what I need to do to make it clearer!  It would mean so much if you could help me with that! I write patterns all the time (in the cooler months) and would love to share them, but just don't have the experience with writing them in a traditional, readable-for-people-other-than-me format.  If you can get in touch with me it would be AMAZING. 

So, anyway, I'm going to be rewriting the pattern while knitting it in the next few weeks with you all in mind, so where I wrote it badly hopefully it will be much better!  If you have been planning to try it, I'd suggest maybe waiting until I've rewritten it.  This is really high on the priority list so it shouldn't take too long (when I first knit it, it was for the competition, and I actually had to reknit it two days before I had to send it off - so I can knit it fast, I just have to buy some yarn).

Sorry bout all this, folks.  Because of the time constraint, I wrote the pattern after knitting it, which is probable why it was messed up.  Hope you'll give it a try when it's all fixed up!!  Below is the pattern as it was, so if you are super anxious about trying it, you can take a whack at it of you so desire - be warned!  Nah, hopefully it wasn't that bad.  Anyway, I'll be posting the updated version in a few weeks so follow my blog so you'll know when it's up.  I'll delete this one then (after updating ravelry, of course).

Here is the pattern for the lace pullover that I made, as promised.  It's a very loose fitting pullover, as you can see in the picture.  Be warned, this is my first sweater pattern that I am posting, so I'm not sure if the grading is quite right.  Be sure to look carefully at the finished measurements and the diagram, and also keep in mind if you do want to alter the width of the pattern that you can do that just by adding or subtracting 6 stitches to the underarm section, which is equal to a pattern repeat.  Hope you like it!

Diamond lace pullover

Sizes: S/M, M/L, L/XL


  • approx. 600 (700, 800) yards bulky weight wool/wool blend yarn (I used recycled yarn, so the amount is not for sure, but this should be way more than you need)
  • size US 17 circular and double-pointed needles
  • size US 10.5 circular and double-pointed needles

Gauge:  7 stitches, 13 rows to four inches in diamond lace pattern on larger needles

Finished measurements:  bust, 40” (46, 52); length, 24”

  • yo—yarn over
  • k2t—knit two together
  • k2tbl—slip two stitches knitwise, insert left needle, knit
  • k3t—slip one stitch, knit next two stitches together, pass slip stitch over

Using the smaller needles, loosely cast on 74 stitches. Join for knitting in the round.  Place marker.
k2, p2 around for 8 to 10 rounds.

decrease round—with larger needles, *k2, k2t* until you reach the last four stitches before marker, k4.

Now we start the lace.  The neckline has short row shaping, as well as the raglan shaping, so we'll separate the neckline portion of the lace into three sections: back, front shoulder a, front shoulder b.  These are worked and then the piece is worked in the round.

Note:  every time the pattern says to turn, start by passing yarn to other side, then slip one stitch, pass yarn back, slip stitch back, and then turn.  This wraps a loop of yarn around one stitch, which prevents a hole from forming where you turn the work.

Turn work.  Remove marker.  The type of increases that we're doing doesn't allow for a regular marker, but you can tie a contrast bit of yarn a row down to mark the beginning round.  You may have to untie it and move it up as you go.  We'll call the yarn overs that are done over the markers “yom” to distinguish them.

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl 15 stitches.  Turn.
Row 2 (right side): knit 2, yo (yom), tie a marker below, k5, yo, k2t, k4, yom, k3, picking up one.  Turn.
Row 3 and all wrong side rows: *purl to marker, k1 p1 into that yom*, p 3. Turn.
Row 4: k1, k2tbl, yo, k1, yom, *k1, yo, k2t, k1, k2tbl, yo* 2 times, k1, yom, k1, yo, k2t, k2. Turn
Row 6: k1, k2tbl, yo, k3, yom, *k3, yo, k3t, yo* 2 times, k3, yom, k3, yo, k2t, k2. Turn.
Row 8: k1, k2tbl, yo, k5, yom, k5, *yo, k2t, k 4* 2 times, yom, k5, yo, k2t, k2.  Turn.
Row 10: k1, k2tbl, yo, k1, yo, k2t, k1, k2tbl, yo, k1, yom, *k1, yo, k2t, k1, k2tbl, yo* 3 times, k1, yom, k1, k2tbl, yo, k1, yo, k2t, k2.  Turn.

There are now 42 stitches.  

Shoulder A:

Row 1: *purl to m, k1p1 into yom* two times, p 20.  Now we're doing shoulder a.
Row 2: k2, yom, tie marker below, k2.  Turn.
Row 3: p2, k1p1 into yom, p3.  Turn.
Row 4: k1, k2tbl, yo, k1, yom, k1, yo, k2t, k2.  Turn.

There are now 58 stitches.

Shoulder B: Repeat shoulder A exactly, starting with p20, etc.

We're now ready to start working in the round.  You may notice that the beginning of the round is now in the middle of the sleeve, which is not a good place, but we're going to move it to the front shoulder raglan, where you won't be able to tell.  Here's what we do:

So we are ready to do a worked row  in the round.  Go ahead and work in pattern (see charts) around until you get to the front shoulder seam that is just before the beginning of the round.  This is going to be our new beginning of round.  Untie the marker and tie a new one on that is a different color to distinguish this shoulder. When you do the increase, do the yom at the end of the worked round, then switch to just knitting, so the change is really just after the increase.  You can't tell at all that there is anything different here once it's all finished.

Work in pattern until you have almost three full diamonds along the front shaping.  End with row 13 (worked round is next).  The last stitch we did is the p1 into the yom; slip it to the other needle.  Slip all of the shoulder stitches onto a holder—that means to the spot where we would do the yom, in between the k1 and the p1 into the yom before.  With the working strand of yarn, CO 3 (9, 15) stitches, and continue in pattern until you get to the next marker.  Do the same as with the first shoulder.  Continue working until you come to the other underarm.
The beginning of the round will now be 2 (5, 7) stitches into the cast on stitches.  Continue working until you have finished a total of three diamonds from center front, and then one more repeat up to round 11—or you can slip the stitches onto a piece of yarn and try it on to see if you like the length.

Switching to smaller needles, *k1, k1p1 into next stitch, p1* around.  K2, p2 ten to twelve rounds.
Bind off.

Congratulations!  You have now successfully finished the body!


Tie a strand down at the beginning of the shoulder section.  Work in pattern across.  CO 3 (9, 15) stitches, join for working in round.  The beginning of the round will be 2 (5, 7) stitches into the cast on stitches.  Do the next round; tie a piece of string around the center stitch in the underarm.  Tie it like we did for the other markers.  Work the next two rounds, but stop at one stitch away from the center stitch.  At the end of every non-worked round, we're going to k3t—that decreases one stitch from each side of the center stitch.  Continue like this until you have 18 (24) stitches, then work straight until there are 4 and a half diamonds, or again you can try it on to see if you like the length.
Changing to smaller needles, *k1, k1p1 into next stitch, p1* around.  Continue for 10-12 rounds.

Bind off loosely. 

Here are the charts.  Yep, real high tech images lol!  But that's how I make patterns.


  1. I love this! Great work - look forward to making it:) thanks for sharing - take care XX

  2. Thanks so much for the pattern! I love the look of it! Can't wait to cast on!!

  3. Perfect, just what I was looking for. Thank you for the instructions.

  4. Perfect! Exactly what I wanted. Thank you.

  5. Did you gauge in stockinette or the pattern? And did you use the larger or smaller needles to get the gauge?

    Great pattern, thanks!

    1. hi! The gauge was in stockinette, and I used the larger needles. hope this helps!

  6. This is lovely, can't wait to get my wool for it... Thank you

  7. I'm having trouble with the gauge. I'm using bulky yarn but I get 14sts for 4 inches not 7sts for 4 inches as your patters says. Did you really get 7sts in 4 inches doing stockinette?

    1. I'm so sorry you're having problems! I went back and looked at the sweater and pattern, and I did get 7 to 4 inches, but it was in the lace pattern, so I would suggest doing it in the pattern instead of stockinette (I better fix that!). I also tend to knit pretty loosely, so if it is still off you should try it with larger needles. Hope this helps!

  8. lace knitting patterns are so much fun! I love your sweater. I can't wait to make my very own. Thanks for your wonderful and inspiring post.

  9. I love this! Next time you write up a pattern, I would totally be interested in test knitting!
    --thisgirlsaysno on Rav