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The Lotus Stitch


If you are looking for something delicate to adorn one of your knitting projects then maybe the beautiful Lotus Stitch is what you are looking for.

This stitch is quite fiddly so most beginners will struggle with this one. In addition, it requires a lot of yarn to create this flower effect.

So, what is a Lotus Stitch? The Lotus Stitch will have you purling/making for around about half the time, alternating with whole rows of purl stitches. If you are unsure how to purl and make, then please follow the links below to the techniques used in the stitch. Happy knitting!

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Begin by casting on multiples of 6 + 1 stitches. Starting on the wrong side purl all the stitches in row 1. Reversing the fabric so you are now on the right side for row 2, begin by purling one then follow a pattern of purling five/making 5 followed by purling one, repeating these steps until you reach the end of the row.

Again, for row 3, purl all the stitches. Row 4 starts with purling three/making three, followed by purling one. At this point, you will now continue with a repeating pattern of purling five/making five followed by purling one until you reach the last three stitches of the row, where you shall again purl three/make three.

Continue repeating rows 1-4 until you have your desired length of fabric

Difficulty Level:

Advanced Knitting Stitch Difficulty

Cast on:

Cast on multiples of 6 + 1 stitches. This is a 4 row pattern repeat.

Techniques Used in this Stitch:


Purl 5 together and make 5
Purl 3 together and make 3


Traditional Instructions

Row 1 (WS): p all stitches.
Row 2 (RS): p1, * p5togm5, p1; repeat from * to end.
Row 3: p all stitches.
Row 4: p3togm3, p1, * p5togm5, p1; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p3togm3.

Repeat rows 1-4 to the desired length.

Lotus Stitch Chart

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Video Instructions

Lotus Stitch Swatch Examples

Example of Lotus Stitch - RS

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Example of Lotus Stitch - WS

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Knitting projects using the Lotus Stitch

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