A Fancy Pattern – The Daisy or Dandelion Stitch

swatch of daisy or dandelion stitch

Fancy stitch patterns are a nice change from the usual suspects. Take for example, the Daisy or Dandelion Stitch, worked in a solid colour unfolds into an allover flower design, a great choice for a summer project. This stitch pattern knit with a tape yarn, enhances the nature of this type of yarn, and the flowers look almost real.

Instructions for the Daisy Stitch

Multiple of 8 sts + 1

Row 1 (RS): k

Row 2: p

Rows 3 & 4: rep 1 and 2.

Row 5: k3, *insert right needle 2 sts across and into st 3 rows down and pull through a loop, k2, go through the same hole and pull another loop through, k2, go through same spot again, k4; rep from * end k2.

Row 6: p2, *p2tog, p1, p2tog, p1, p2tog, p3; rep from * end p2.

Rows 7 & 9: rep row 1.

Rows 8 & 10: rep row 2.

Row 11: k7, *insert right needle 2 sts across and into st 3 rows down and pull loop as before, k2, pull another loop through same hole, k2, pull another loop, k4; rep from * end k6.

Row 12: p6, *p2tog, p1, p2tog, p1, p2tog, p3; rep from * end p6.

Note: Pull the loops through loosely, as they go over rows of stitches on the diagonal. Rows 6 and 12 are the decrease rows, reducing the number of loops to the original stitch count. Refer to Knitting Terminology ebook in Resources for any abbreviations you are unfamiliar with.

where to insert needle for daisy stitch
insert needle into stitch 3 rows down and 2 across
pulling yarn through for daisy stitch
pulling through first loop
pulling 2nd loop
pulling through second and third loop to finish daisy

starting new daisy

This is a really fun fancy pattern stitch to work, and its simple design enhances the perfect project.