The arrowhead lace pattern is one of many lace patterns used in knitting, and is one that is particularly beautiful when used in shawls, scarves, and afghans. The pattern looks like arrows that gracefully flow upward, separated by spaces which gives the pattern that lacy look.
It is important on any knitted lace pattern to establish the number of stitches it will take to knit the pattern so the results will look uniform. The arrowhead pattern works on multiples of 10 plus 1. In other words, you could cast on 30, 40, or 50 stitches (multiples of 10), and then add 1 stitch.
- The stitch used to create the arrowhead lace pattern is generally used in stockinette (knit 1 row, purl 1 row). It is a series of yarn over (increasing), slipping (decreasing) stitches, and knitting two stitches together. For example, it is usually done on the knit row and the odd numbered rows are purled; therefore, you would start your project with a purl row all the way across.
- On the second row, you would start the row by knitting one stitch, then start the pattern of yarn over, slipping a stitch like you are going to knit it, and do the same for the next stitch; then you put the left needle through the front of both stitches and knit them together (the abbreviation in knitting terms for this is SSK). This is a variation of knitting two together, but it twists the yarn and sets a different pattern. You do the yarn over and SSK one more time; then, knit 1; knit 2 together (the usual way you knit) and yarn over. Your repeat this pattern across the row from the first yarn over, ending with knit 1. The next row, you would purl.
- On the next row, you start by knitting 2 stitches, then start the pattern by yarn over, SSK, yarn over, slip two stitches as if to knit, knit 1 and pass the two slipped stitches over this stitch, yarn over again, knit two together, yarn over, and knit 3. Repeat the pattern from the first yarn over across the row, ending by knitting 2 stitches. You repeat these two rows, purling every odd row in order to establish the arrowhead lace pattern.