Butterfly Lace stitch creates an all-over lace fabric with offset motifs resembling butterflies. Each butterfly motif has a set of 4 eyelets. This knitting pattern features strategically placed yarn overs to make the knitted fabric appear like a field full of butterflies.
While the knitting pattern is 8 rows long, the same pattern repeats over every 4 rows, shifted over a few stitches for the offset design. You can feature the Butterfly Lace stitch in blankets, baby cardigans, and scarves. Unlike the other Butterfly knitting stitch, it’s a versatile lace knitting pattern without creating too much openwork and only a little bit of airiness.
(Multiple of 8) + 7 stitches
This free knitting pattern is written in US terms. You can also check out other common knitting abbreviations.
|k2tog||Knit 2 stitches together|
|psso||Pass slipped stitch over|
|sl||Slip knitwise with yarn in front|
|st (s)||Stitch (es)|
|wyif||With yarn in front|
CO (Multiple of 8 stitches) + 7 stitches. For example, you can cast on (8 x 2) + 7 = 25 stitches to knit a sample swatch.
|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 wyif, p7; rep from * to last 4 sts, sl 1 purlwise wyif, p3.|
|Row 3:||Rep Row 1.|
|Row 4:||Rep Row 2.|
|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 wyif, p7; rep from * to end.|
|Row 7:||Rep Row 5.|
|Row 8:||Rep Row 6.|
Repeat these free knitting pattern instructions (8 rows) until you have reached the desired length for your work.
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