Little Shell Lace Stitch
The stitch I used to make the
background wallpaper is my favorite stitch for texture and lace. It's
called the Little Shell Stitch, and I first found it in the Harmony Guide
To Knitting Stitches, Volume 2 (the older Harmony
guides), on page 54.
The Little Shell lace socks and the
American Girl nightgown/dress pictured
above both show this stitch.
(Example: to make a fabric with a repeat of 10 sections, cast on 72. [10 X 7]+2=72)
R1-Right Side) Knit
Adapting notes: To adapt this stitch to different patterns with different stitch counts, you can easily make the Knit columns wider or narrower, using however many stitches between the “purl shells” as you like. You can adapt the Knit stitch columns to any width you want, to accommodate your stitch repeat count in your pattern, and also make it more or less lacey. (On the doll gown, I started the stitch on the skirt part with the Knit columns wider, using 3 stitches, then decreasing down at the waistline to just 1 Knit stitch between the "purl shells"). Also, experiment with the amount of stockinette stitch rows between the pattern rows to increase or decrease the depth of the “purl shells” and the amount of open lace and denseness of the fabric. And finally, you can play with the increases next to the “purl shells”, and instead of doing them as Yarn Overs, you can do Make 1, or Bar increases instead, thereby changing the amount of open lace created by doing the yarn overs.