Give Yarn Overs a Try with Pretty Eyelet Knitting Patterns

Few designs say summer like a pretty eyelet. Eyelet is made up of a pattern of yarn over and k2tog that creates small holes in the knitted fabric. Never thought you’d be purposely leaving holes in your knitting, did you?

And before you beginners faint at the thought of trying the yarn over, don’t fear. One of the first sweaters I ever knitted had an eyelet design, and I survived it just fine.

Dive in and give yarn overs a try with one of these Craftsy eyelet knitting patterns.

Knit eyelet vest
Photo via Craftsy member Vogue Knitting

Eyelet front vest

Eyelet frames the edges of this romantic vest. Wear it over a dress when you suspect a chill. I love the final touch of the ribbon threaded around the waist as a tie. I could see this as a transition piece into fall, too. You could even pair it with long sleeves.

Get the eyelet front vest pattern here.
Grommet Eyelet Ridge knitted cardigan
Photo via Craftsy member ashkearns

Grommet eyelet ridge cardigan

Eyelet is all over this cardigan, from the yoke right down to the hem. This piece is perfect for knitters who like instant gratification. The cardi is knit with a bulky-weight yarn and large needles, ensuring you finish it quickly. Plus, the entire cardigan is knit in one piece, so there’s nothing to do at the end except weave in your ends!

Get the grommet eyelet ridge cardigan pattern here.
Steven Be knit eyelet cowl
Photo via Craftsy member BeSweet

StevenBe cowl and ponchini set

Eyelet is already delicate, but pair it with a lacy yarn and it’s really elegant! There are two patterns in this set, one for a cowl and another for a ponchini, (Yep, a ponchini is like a mini poncho). No matter which you choose, you’ll have plenty of practice with those yarn overs!

Get the StevenBe cowl and ponchini patterns here. 
Knitted spiral hat
Photo via Craftsy instructors Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley

Spiral hat

I really dig it when designers use eyelet to make a spiral pattern, and this hat is no exception. The pattern for the hat is available exclusively to Craftsy members enrolled in New Directions in Lace: Hats with Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley. Along with this hat pattern you’ll get two more lace hat patterns, plus help along the way from Kate and Courtney. The class is perfect for anyone who wants to dig just a little deeper into the world of lace knitting.

Read more about the spiral hat here.
Enroll in New Directions in Lace: Hats here.
Knitted silica bodice
Photo via Craftsy member Jill Wolcott

Silica bodice

The eyelet of this garment isn’t super noticeable at first. Look closely and you’ll see eyelet near the front neck and on the back, plus an eyelet rib that creates that oh-so-popular peplum look that’s trending right now. You’ll also gain some experience inserting elastic into your knits with that peplum waistband!

Get the Silica bodice pattern here.
Knitted Cassandra shawl
Photo via Craftsy member sneezerville

Cassandra shawl

I can’t think of a more perfect eyelet pattern for a beginner knitter. This shawl is knit in garter stitch, so you can focus all your attention on the eyelet pattern. After you work a few rows of the eyelet, the placement of each yarn over will become easy to spot, which means you can easily catch and correct any mistakes.

Get the Cassandra shawl pattern here.

What was your first eyelet knitting project? Give our beginner knitters some inspiration!



I have sent a request for my password reset and you have sent me that you sent it to my email, but I have never received it. I would like to get some of the patterns and such, but my hands are tied. What can I do??????


I have a question. I purchased a skein of yarn and made a shawlette. The yarn is variegated and I really don’t like it. Is it possible to dye my project a solid color? It is made of sock yarn with 80% Moreno wool and 20% nylon. Please help.


Yes, you can redye it. But be aware the little bit of nylon may not take the color the same as the merino and because it’s variegated, it may become a shaded yarn, but it will never become a solid color unless you strip all the color out of it and start over, but you really hurt the yarn doing this. Why not just gift it to someone that you know will love the color and remake the shawlette in a solid for yourself? If its the solid color fingering Merino from Cascade it makes up so nice and soft it would be a shame to mess up the softness of it.


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