Leafy Blocks: a lace knitting stitch pattern

I’ve been making a series of stitch patterns using the Bunny Ears Yarnover I unvented. I’m sharing all of them, even the ones I don’t like as much, to demonstrate that it’s okay to make things you don’t think are perfect. I’ve learned things from all of the swatches I’ve knit so far using the technique, and someone might like the ones I don’t. (After all, we all have different taste.)

I was intrigued by the curvy shape that the bunny ears yarnover made, and thought it might look good as the bottom of a small leaf shape. In the end, I’m not really satisfied with this, but there’s nothing really wrong with it. I just don’t like the way it looks: I think it’s clunky.

It did, however, give me an idea… stay tuned until next week!

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

photo of knitted sample of Leafy Blocks lace


  • 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.
  • Leafy blocks is a multiple of 6 + 3 stitches and 12 or 12 + 6 rows (stop after either row 6 or row 12).
  • I’ve 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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  • BEY (bunny ears yarnover): This is a variant on the bunny ears decrease, 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.
  • CDD: centered double decrease: slip the next 2 stitches as if to knit 2 together, knit the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the third.
  • k: knit.
  • p: purl.

Row 1 (RS): *BEY, k3; work from *, BEY. [9 sts]

Row 2 (WS): purl.

Row 3: knit.

Row 4: purl.

Row 5: *yo, CDD, yo, k3; work from *, yo, CDD, yo.

Row 6: purl.

Row 7: *k3, BEY; work from *, k3.

Row 8: purl.

Row 9: knit.

Row 10: purl.

Row 11: *k3, yo, CDD, yo; work from *, k3.

Row 12: purl.