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How to Knit the Lotus Flower Stitch



This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the lotus flower stitch. This beautiful lace pattern creates a tight fabric that resembles interlocking flower blossoms. It’s great for a scarf, shawl or wrap, or blanket.

Skill: Advanced

Cast On: Multiples of 6 + 1

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:

Purl – p

Purl Three Together Make Three – p3togm3
Purl Five Together Make Fiver – p5togm5

Pattern:

Row 1: Purl all stitches.
Row 2: P1, *p5togm5, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 3: Purl all Stitches.
Row 4: P3togm3, p1, *p5togm5, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3togm3.

Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Example of the Lotus Flower Stitch

Example of How to Knit the Lotus Flower Stitch (click for larger)

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latchxe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

This stitch was originally found on www.craftcookie.com

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Comments

  1. McKenzie Ann

    December 11, 2012

    Just wondering how many stitches I am actually supposed to cast on. How many stitches is a multiple 6+1? & if I come across the same multiple in another pattern will I still cast on the same amount of stitches? My guess is that I would.

    • Johnny Vasquez

      December 11, 2012

      It depends on what your trying to make, how big you want it to be, how tight or loose you knit. You’re best bet is to make a gauge swatch to see what your stitches per inch are.

      It’s unlikely you’ll find another pattern with similar multiples because most garment patterns are not written that way. You may find a blanket pattern like that. Basically you cast on in multiples of 6 (12, 18, 24, 30, etc.) and then add 1 at the end.

      Does that help?

  2. McKenzie Ann

    December 12, 2012

    Yes it does! Thank you very much!

  3. Cindy

    December 26, 2012

    I want to make fingerless gloves using this stitch. Would it be possible to do multiples of 6+2 and then seam the sides together to hide the edge stitches?

    Thank you for the video! I would have never figured out how to do this stitch without it! :)

    • Johnny Vasquez

      December 26, 2012

      Yeah that could work. Your welcome! Thank you for watching!

  4. Judith Doll

    December 31, 2012

    Great stitch for making lap blankets

  5. puja1675@gmail.com

    January 24, 2013

    how to increase or decrease in this pattern to make pullover/cardigan?

    • Johnny Vasquez

      January 24, 2013

      Sorry, but that’s beyond the scope of this site.

  6. Lea

    February 14, 2013

    this tutorial is so helpful! Thankyou!! :)

  7. April

    April 24, 2013

    Thank you very nice stitch. very helpful.

  8. Ninie

    May 15, 2013

    I tried this stitch for a blanket square but my edges (casting on and off again) are wavy… Do I need to do a border or will these edges sew together ok?

    • Johnny Vasquez

      July 17, 2013

      Most likely you knit tighter than your cast on and bind off edges. That is why they are wavy. I’m not sure a border will help, but blocking might help some.