Starry Flowers: a lace knitting stitch pattern

When I designed lace based on the word Relief, the result had multiple motifs in it that I’m going to turn into individual stitch patterns. This is the first one. I like that it has little six-pointed stars in the middle of six-petaled flowers.

There’s one place in the sample where I forgot to put in a cable cross and didn’t notice until I blocked it. It’s not awful, but it demonstrates why I put the cable crosses in!

knitted sample for Starry Flowers
chart showing how to knit Starry Flowers by means of special symbols. Written instructions in blog post.
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  • 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.
  • Starry Flowers is a multiple of 12 + 12 stitches and 12 + 6 rows. (End after either row 12 or row 6.) This repeat doesn’t match the repeat for Relief.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for Starry Flowers.
  • 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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  • 1/1 RC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • p: purl.
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Or substitute your favorite left-leaning decrease)
  • yo: yarnover. Bring the yarn forward between the needles so that it will make a loop over the needle when the next stitch is worked. When there are two in a row, bring the yarn forward, wrap it once around the needle, and leave the yarn in front so it makes a second loop.

Row 1 (RS): k3, k2tog, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo; work from *, 1/1 RC, yo, ssk, k3. (24 sts)

Row 2 (WS): purl.

Row 3: k2, k2tog, yo × 2, k2tog, *ssk, yo × 2, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo × 2, k2tog; work from *, ssk, yo × 2, ssk, k2.

Row 4: p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1, *p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p6, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1; work from *, p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3.

Row 5: k1, k2tog, k2, yo, *1/1 RC, yo, k2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2, yo; work from *, 1/1 RC, yo, k2, ssk, k1.

Row 6: purl.

Row 7: k1, yo, ssk, k3, *k3, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, ssk, k3; work from *, k3, k2tog, yo, k1.

Row 8: purl.

Row 9: k2tog, yo × 2, ssk, k2, *k2, k2tog, yo × 2, k2tog, ssk, yo × 2, ssk, k2; work from *, k2, k2tog, yo × 2, ssk.

Row 10: p1, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3, *p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p2, (k1, p1) in double yo, p3; work from *, p3, (k1, p1) in double yo, p1.

Row 11: k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1, *k1, k2tog, k2, yo, 1/1 RC, yo, k2, ssk, k1; work from *, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1.

Row 12: purl.