Butterfly Lace Stitch

Stitch Description

The butterfly lace stitch create a fabric with offset eyelets that form butterfly motifs. Using strategically placed yarn overs, this beautiful stitch pattern looks like a field of butterflies flitting about. While it looks quite involved, the same pattern is repeated every four rows, just shifted over a few stitches.

Use the butterfly lace stitch in scarves, blankets, and as a subtle design in sweater bodies.

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Abbreviations

K
Knit Stitch
K2TOG
Knit Two Together
P
Purl Stitch
PSSO
Pass Slipped Stitch Over
YO
Yarn Over


Stitch Details

  Skill Level
Intermediate

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 8

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiples of 8+7

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 8 + 7

  • Row 1 (RS): K1, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3; rep from * to last 6 sts, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1.
  • Row 2: P3, *sl 1 purlwise, p7; rep from * to last 4 sts, sl 1 purlwise, p3.
  • Row 3: K1, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3; rep from * to last 6 sts, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1.
  • Row 4: P3, *sl 1 purlwise, p7; rep from * to last 4 sts, sl 1 purlwise, p3.
  • Row 5: K5, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo sl 1, k1, psso, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
  • Row 6: P7, *sl 1 purlwise, p7; rep from * to end.
  • Row 7: K5, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo sl 1, k1, psso, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
  • Row 8: P7, *sl 1 purlwise, p7; rep from * to end.

Repeat rows 1-8 until you reach your desired length.

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