“Lilies of the valley” knitting stitch

SKILLS LEVEL: advanced (4/5)

This spectacular openwork stitch requires a bit of attention, especially when it comes to the sequence of the different decreases, but it’s actually easier to make than it looks: all the RS rows are purled and the same lace rows instructions are each repeated five times.


This stitch has the particularity of creating a wave movement that is very visible on the side edges and lighter on the cast on row. You can choose to highlight this movement by using it for a stole or scarf.


Our sample was knitted in Antigone “pivoine” with 3.5 mm needles on 30 stitches and 50 rows, i.e. 3 repeats of the pattern in width + 2 selvedges knitted in jersey and 2.5 repeats in height.

This corresponds to a swatch of 22 m x 32 rows for a 10 cm x 10 cm square knitted with the same tension and a weight of approximately 0.5 g/cm2.


Abbreviations :

k2tog = knit 2 sts together

skp = slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over knit stitch

yo = yarn over

k = knit

p = purl

st, sts = stitch, stitches

On a number of stitches multiple of 9 + 1 (+ 2 border sts):

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 (RS): 1 border st, * k2, skp, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k1, 1 border st.

Row 2 and all even rows (WS): purl.

Rows 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 rows: 1 border st, * k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, skp, k2tog, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k1, 1 border st.

Row 20: purl.

Repeat these 20 rows.


If you use this stitch, don’t hesitate to share it with us by using #tutoDRN on Instagram or by sending us photos of your creations. Happy knitting!

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