On Scribd: Butterflies on the Lattice

I was going to write you a nice long story about the epic journey I’ve been enmeshed in over the past four days as I designed my first real knitting pattern, but the thing about epic journeys is that they don’t leave you a lot of energy to work with when you get home. My brain feels like it’s been in labor for something like 96 hours…which actually fits rather well with the conversation John and I were having earlier about being a “co-creative” couple instead a “procreative” couple. We’ve decided that we’re better suited for contributing to the memetic pool than the genetic pool, which I may blog more about later.

For the moment, I have only these announcements:

1. I’m on Ravelry now, so look me up if you’re there too.

2. I’m thinking about starting an etymology-of-the-days-I-don’t-otherwise-blog section, so keep an eye out for that and send me words you would like to know the history of.

3. Here’s the pattern I’ve been slaving away at designing and testing this weekend. Leave a comment if you have a question or correction!

Snazzy photo credits go to John, as usual.

Butterflies on the Lattice (Click to download or print.)

9 thoughts on “On Scribd: Butterflies on the Lattice

  1. I just skimmed through your pattern and am impressed because I understand none of the lingo. I could have been reading a how-to manual for a do-it-yourself appendectomy. Bravo to you for creating such a beautiful thing – or for successfully removing your appendix.


    1. Ha. Next on my list of things to write about: Do-it-yourself appendectomies. Or, maybe… don’t-do-it-yourself appendectomies?


  2. You keep amazing me. In all the years I knitted it never occurred to me to design a pattern. I had all I could do follow one. You just get smarter and smarter.


  3. I would like to try this pattern, it looks fun and I love to knit fingerless gloves!
    I was hoping you could clarify part of the pattern for me, please.

    The butterfly part says to pick up 4 slipped stitches, but on the row below there are 5 slipped stitches. Do we pick up the first 4, then use the fifth slipped to knit with?

    “Round 7:
    [k2tog, yo, k3, yo *sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3,yo*], sl1, k1, psso, k1, sl5 purlwise, k1, repeat []once, repeat * twice, sl1, k1, psso.
    Round 8:
    K16, butterfly stitch, k25”


  4. Hi Jen,

    I’m sorry for the confusion. You slip 5 stitches while working the round, but you should end up with 4 rows of long horizontal stitches to pick up. (If you lost count and ended up with an extra row, it shouldn’t hurt the pattern too much to just pick up that extra fifth stitch, though you might end up with a line effect where the lace is offset a bit.) This is a pretty good photo tutorial on smocking, if you need more clarification: http://littletrunksknits.blogspot.com/2011/01/butterfly-stitch-in-round-tut.html


  5. Hi, just wanted to let you know there is an error in the pattern. On rows 3, 6 and 7 , at the end of the brackets, it should read “repeat * 2 times” If you repeat 3 times, there will not be enough stitches to finish the row. Just wanted to let you know. The pattern is beautiful though. :)


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