Dandelion Stitch

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The Dandelion Stitch is a beautiful decorative stitch pattern that creates stunning flower details on a background of Stockinette stitch. In this video, Corrina Ferguson demonstrates how to work the elongated stitches of the Dandelion Stitch.

Corrina begins by explaining the construction of the flower details. The flowers are created with knit below stitches that are worked three rows below the stitches on the needle. It’s worked over 4 stitches on the needle, working into the bar between stitches 3 and 4, three rows below.

Flower – worked over 4 stitches; Pull up a loop from 3 rows below and place on right-hand needle, knit 2 stitches, pull up a second loop from same spot and place on right-hand needle, knit 2 stitches, pull up a third loop from same spot and place on right-hand needle.

The extra stitches are decreased away on the Wrong Side Row. Corrina turns the work to show how the stitches would be worked together on the Wrong Side: (p2tog, p1) twice, p2tog.

For the Dandelion Stitch pattern, the flowers are offset on a background of Stockinette stitch (knit on Right Side/purl on Wrong Side). It’s worked over 12 rows on a multiple of 8 plus 1 stitches.


Worked over a multiple of 8+1 sts:

  • Row 1 (RS): Knit all sts.
  • Row 2 (WS): Purl all sts.
  • Rows 3 and 4: Rep Rows 1 and 2.
  • Row 5: K3, flower, *k4, flower; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
  • Row 6: P2, (p2tog, p1) twice, p2tog, *p3, (p2tog, p1) twice, p2tog; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
  • Rows 7 – 10: Rep Rows 1 and 2 twice.
  • Row 11: K7, *flower, k4; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
  • Row 12: P6, *(p2tog, p1) twice, p2tog, p3; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.

Rep Rows 1 – 12 for pattern.


k: knit
p: purl
p2tog: purl two stitches together
rep: repeat
RS: right side
st(s): stitches
WS: wrong side