Daisy Stitch

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The Daisy Stitch


The Daisy stitch gives a beautiful repeating slipped flower pattern is a member of the Slip Stitch family.

The stitch involves looping several knit stitches into previously created rows to give the daisy flower effect. This effect is done on a background of the Stockinette Stitch.

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Cast on multiples of 10 + 8 stitches.

Begin by creating a stockinette stitch for the first six rows (i.e. knit all stitches on the right side & purl all stitches on the wrong side).

The seventh row is where things begin to get interesting. Begin by knitting two, and then we are going to start the "daisy" repeat. To make a daisy, insert the needle on loop 3 rows below the 2nd stitch on the lefthand needle, draw up the loop and knit two, then draw the 2nd loop through the same stitch and knit two again, finally draw the 3rd loop through the same stitch. Repeat knitting six stitches then making a daisy until you come to the final two stitches. Finish the row by knitting two more stitches.

Begin the eighth row by purling two, then begin a repeating pattern of purling two together followed by a purl stitch, do this twice. Then purl two together and purl five. Keep repeating that pattern until the final two stitches where you again purl two together and then purl the last stitch.

Rows nine through fourteen are another six rows of stockinette stitch i.e. knit all stitches in row nine (and the other odd rows) and purl all stitches in row ten (and other even side rows).

The fifteenth row starts by knitting seven stitches, then begin a repeating pattern of making a daisy followed by knitting six. When you reach the last stitch, knit one.

The final row begins by purling two, then enter a repeating pattern of purling five followed by a purling two together then purling one (this two stitches should be repeated for a total of four), then purling two together. Keep repeating this pattern until the final seven stitches, where you purl two together then purl six.

Continue repeating this sixteenth row repeat until you have reached the desired length.

Difficulty Level:

Advanced Knitting Stitch

Cast on:

Cast on multiples of 10 + 8 stitches.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:

make daisy


Traditional Instructions

Rows 1, 3 & 5: k all stitches.
Rows 2, 4 & 6: p all stitches.
Row 7: k2, make daisy, *k6, make daisy; repeat from * till last two stitches, k2.
Row 8: p2 * [p2tog, p] twice, p2tog, p5; repeat from * to last six stitches, [p2tog, p1] twice, p2tog, p1.
Rows 9, 11 & 13: k all stitches.
Rows 10, 12 & 14: p all stitches.
Rows 15: k7, * make daisy, k6; repeat from * till last stitch, k1.
Row 16: p2, * p5 [p2tog, p1] twice, p2tog; repeat from * till last 6 stitches, p6.

Make Daisy k2 [insert needle on loop 3 rows below the 2nd stitch on left needle, draw up loop, k2, draw 2nd loop through the same stitch, k2, draw 3rd loop through same stitch.

Repeat rows 1-16 to desired length.

Daisy Stitch Chart

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Daisy Stitch Swatch Examples

Daisy Example - Right Side

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Daisy Example - Wrong Side

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Knitting projects using the Daisy Stitch

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