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Gothic Lace ::: learn to knit lace with this free pattern

June 6, 2014

Gothic Lace Cowl or Scarf

Since we created The Simple Collection last year, we have wanted to bring a simple and clear beginner lace pattern to our knitters (and make a useful free pattern and tutorial for knitting teachers too!).

Emily originally created the Gothic Lace pattern for the beginner lace class she taught at Urban Yarns in Vancouver; but we are now making it free to all, with lace tutorials to get you started!

Gothic Lace features a simple, symmetrical, and repetitive lace pattern worked in worsted or aran weight yarn.  Following this free pattern you can make a short cowl in just a few hours, or a longer cowl or scarf by spending a bit more time!  The pattern includes both a lace chart and line-by-line text instructions, so that you can compare the two, and become comfortable knitting from a chart.

Knitting Chart Repeats

Our free beginner lace pattern Gothic Lace has a pattern repeat that is 8 stitches wide, and 12 rows tall.

We have created an in-depth tutorial to guide you through all the steps required to learn lace and make this lovely lace project yourself!  Grab some yarn, needles, and follow along with our ‘Let’s Knit Lace’ tutorial if you aren’t already comfortable with lace.

Gothic Lace Cowl

Gothic Lace::: Gothic Lace Project Details :::

Pattern: Free Pattern – download now!
Sizing: Short (Long) cowl is approximately 10 inches wide by 23 (46) inches long.  Scarf is approximately 8 inches wide by 60 inches long.  Finished size will vary depending on yarn, gauge, and how aggressively you block the finished piece.
Yarn: 200 (400, 400) yds worsted / aran weight yarn for short cowl (long cowl, scarf).  Sample shown in Malabrigo Worsted in ‘frost grey’
Needles: US #8 / 5mm needles
Gauge: 18 sts / 4″ in stockinette stitch… but as sizing is not crucial for this project, so achieving precise gauge isn’t too important.
Notions: stitch markers, darning needle, 8 buttons (if desired), 5mm crochet hook (for crochet button loop detail)

We love to share knit know-how and techniques, but most of all, we love the beautiful result!  This cozy cowl has a beautiful structural pattern which shows up best in solids or kettle dyed yarns.  You can use this project to showcase a set of beautiful buttons, or simply sew the ends of the cowl together if you don’t want to bother with buttonholes!

Gothic Lace Cowl Detail

I have finished my cowl with a delicate crocheted button loop detail, but if crochet makes you feel a little queasy, there are instructions for how to work simple knit buttonholes… or for an even easier finish just sew the ends together, no buttonholes required!


This cute and snuggly accessory looks great in a range of colours… here are a few example photos from my test knitters projects.

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Other patterns to perfect your lace skills:

Sunflower Shawl by Tin Can KnitsRaindrops Pullover by Tin Can KnitsLoch Mittens by Tin Can Knits

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Gail Brundage permalink
    January 18, 2018 9:19 am

    This is my next project. I’m planning to make this for my daughter-in-law. of the samples shown, can you tell me which ones are short and which are long cowl? In particular, I’m liking the “gold” one. Would the long cowl be doubled when worn?

  2. August 26, 2014 1:26 am

    Thank you for this pattern, it was my first lace project and with your very helpful explanations it was really easy to knit and it looks great :-) H
    Here are pictures of the result:

  3. June 14, 2014 6:43 am

    Can Not Wait to start my cowl!! Thanks!!!

  4. June 8, 2014 10:39 am

    Very nice.
    Thank you for this free pattern

  5. June 7, 2014 3:10 pm

    I’m going to give this a try.

  6. Daisy Dean permalink
    June 7, 2014 10:43 am

    Love this pattern, it is so easy, except I dropped a stitch in row 9, ugh.

    • June 10, 2014 10:14 am

      We’re going to be sharing some lace troubleshooting techniques in an upcoming post!

  7. judi gomes permalink
    June 7, 2014 12:03 am

    Thank you for this lovely pattern!

  8. Sharon permalink
    June 6, 2014 1:06 pm

    The stitch pattern is very pretty. I think a sweater with a front or back panel done in this lace design would be lovely.

    • June 10, 2014 10:08 am

      Thanks for the suggestion! It is one of my favourite lace patterns, easy to work but very effective!

  9. latineloquor67 permalink
    June 6, 2014 11:54 am

    Reblogged this on K2together and commented:
    Un coll per aprendre la tècnica dels calats, molt maco.

  10. Trudy permalink
    June 6, 2014 10:59 am

    Thank you! A new knit pattern and a cup of tea – What a lovely way to start a weekend :)

  11. françoise gad permalink
    June 6, 2014 10:48 am

    thank you, it’s lovely

  12. June 6, 2014 10:42 am

    Reblogged this on G-Ma Ellen's Hands – Adventures in Crochet and Knit and commented:
    I am loving this design! ‘…simple and clear beginner lace pattern’. Perhaps my attention span will allow it. :D

  13. Kim permalink
    June 6, 2014 10:36 am

    Thank you…it’s beautiful!

  14. June 6, 2014 10:20 am

    You are awesome!
    …….off to find yarn in stash to cast on……

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