Scattered Tulips: a knitted stitch pattern

This is the first of the stitch pattern ideas I mentioned in the blog post about Bunny Ears yarnovers. It’s the first one I tried, and I like it a lot. It’s a classic layout for motifs, so I figured it would probably look good, but I wasn’t sure how it would look with lots of plain stockinette as the background.

Thanks go to my twitter followers for helping me come up with the name. There were a lot of ideas, but the vast majority of people saw tulips in it, so here we are.

Posts in this series of stitch patterns based on Bunny Ears Yarnover

Photo of the knitted sample of the stitch pattern, ‘scattered tulips’
Symbols in this chart show how to knit the ‘scattered tulips’ pattern.
Click chart to enlarge.


  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. It is not a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • Scattered Tulips is a multiple of 6 + 3 stitches and 4 or 4 +2 rows. (Stop after either row 2 or 4.)
  • I made a stitch map for it.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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  • bunny ears yarnover: This is a variant on the bunny ears decrease (PDF), with a yarnover added in the middle. It turns three stitches into three stitches. Knit 2 together, but only remove the first stitch from the needle; yarn over, then work ssk with the second and third stitches. The middle stitch of the original three has been knit together with each of its neighbors. Blog post about bunny ears yarnover.
  • k: knit.
  • p: purl.
  • p1b: purl one below. For this stitch pattern, it’s not quite the same as a regular p1b, because it’s actually purling the bar below a yarnover, but the action is much the same. From behind, pick up the bar below the yarnover with the right needle and place it on the left needle next to the yarnover; purl both those strands at the same time. This prevents the bar from making a horizontal line in front of the yarnover.

Row 1: *bunny ears yarnover, k3; work from *, bunny ears yarnover.

Row 2: p1, p1b, p1, *p4, p1b, p1; work from *.

Row 3: *k3, bunny ears yarnover; work from *, k3.

Row 4: p3, *p1, p1b, p4; work from *.