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How to Knit the Butterfly Lace Stitch

This beginner lace stitch is so simple but makes a great, lacy addition to almost any pattern!

How to Knit the Butterfly Lace Stitch
How to Knit the Butterfly Lace Stitch

The butterfly lace stitch is a great pattern for knitters who are new to lace knitting. It's visually stunning, and it's only an 8-stitch repeat, which gives you sets of four eyelets that somewhat resemble butterflies. It also only requires a few basic increases and decreses -- knit two together and yarn over.

This pattern would be great for garments like knitted scarves, shawls, and even hats! It will add a little bit of airiness to your work without creating too much openwork, and it's versatile, so you can easily plop a repeat or two into any field of stockinette.


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CO a multiple of 8 + 7
Row 1 (RS): * K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, s1, k1, psso, k3, repeat from * until you have 6 sts left, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, s1, k1, psso, k1
Row 2 (WS): * P3, s1, p7, repeat from * until you have 4 sts left, s1, p4
Row 3: Repeat row 1
Row 4: * P3, s1, p7, repeat from * until you have 4 sts, s1, p3
Row 5: * K5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, s1, k1, psso, k3, repeat from * until you have 2 sts left, k2
Row 6: P7, s1, p7
Row 7: * K5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, s1, k1, psso, k3, repeat from * until you have 2 sts left, k2
Row 8: Repeat row 6

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On the butterfly lace stitch tutorial, it would have been easier to show what the repeat is and show that the pattern changes only in the internal 8 stitches. It took me a while to see that 2,4,6 and 8 were identical except for the first and last stitches same with 1,3,5,7. This became clear when I read the charted pattern, but the tutor didn't make this clear at first.


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