Tonight, I had to create a butterfly stitch. It had to be lacy and small. I needed this to be delicate to fit with its meaning in my design. I wasn't terribly impressed with attempt number one. I won't go into details though, because it's rude to talk about a lady's weight. Let us ignore the fact that I named the photo "fatty." Perhaps I should note that among my friends "fatty" is used as a term of endearment. However endearing this butterfly was, she wasn't really getting across the idea of delicate and fragile.
Enter attempt number 2. This time I used a spiffy double decrease that is centered. Don't ask me where I learned it - I was reading lace patterns to study their structure and this stitch technique stuck. Finally, mon petite papillon! She will be entering the design for my next secret project. The yarn is Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino. It's wonderfully soft, but I do prefer a yarn with more twist. I'll have to be attentive, or I'll be splitting stitches everywhere!