Butterfly Knitting Pattern Embellishment

My Butterfly Knitting Pattern shows you how to create these cute embellishments in a variety of color combinations. Add knitted butterflies to clothes, hairpins, notebooks, and more.

Find all of your materials, techniques, with free written pattern instructions and video tutorial flat on straight needles below.

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Knitted butterfly shape in blue color yarn atop a pink background.

Knitting Supplies

• Yarn in any weight, fiber, & color of your choice
• Knitting Needles sized appropriately for your yarn
• Scissors
• Tapestry Needle

Materials Butterfly Knitting Pattern with Easy Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit
Butterfly Knitting Pattern with Easy Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit

Knitting Techniques

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Slip Knot 
• CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
• CCO = Cable Cast On (Increase)
• K = Knit Stitch 
• K2Tog = Knit Two Together (Decrease)
• KFB = Knit Front and Back (Increase)
• Slip 1 = Slip One Stitch Purlwise
• SSK = Slip Slip Knit (Decrease)
• BO = Bind Off

Butterfly Knitting Pattern with Easy Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit

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Printable Knitting Instructions

Knitted butterfly shape in blue color yarn atop a pink background.

Printable Knitting Pattern

Learn how to easily knit a butterfly with this fun quick knit pattern.

Makes: Knitted Butterfly Embellishment
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Intermediate


  • Yarn - 42 yards of Worsted Weight in any fiber and colors of your choice


  • Knitting Needles - Size 7 US straight needles
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors


Cast On 8 Stitches

  1. Row 1: K1, KFB, K4, KFB, Slip 1 (10 Sts)
  2. Row 2: K1, KFB, K6, KFB, Slip 1 (12 Sts)
  3. Row 3: K1, KFB, K8, KFB, Slip 1 (14 Sts)
  4. Row 4: K1, KFB, K10, KFB, Slip 1 (16 Sts)
  5. Row 5: K1, SSK, K10, K2Tog, Slip 1 (14 Sts)
  6. Row 6: K1, SSK, K8, K2Tog, Slip 1 (12 Sts)
  7. Row 7: K1, SSK, K6, K2Tog, Slip 1 (10 Sts)
  8. Row 8: BO 3, K5, Slip 1 (7 Sts)
  9. Row 9: BO 3, K3, CCO 5 (9 Sts)
  10. Row 10: K9, CCO 5 (14 Sts)
  11. Row 11: K1, KFB, K10, KFB, Slip 1 (16 Sts)
  12. Row 12: K1, KFB, K12, KFB, Slip 1 (18 Sts)
  13. Row 13: K1, KFB, K14, KFB, Slip 1 (20 Sts)
  14. Row 14: K19, Slip 1 (20 Sts)
  15. Row 15: K19, Slip 1 (20 Sts)
  16. Row 16: K1, SSK, K14, K2Tog, Slip 1 (18 Sts)
  17. Row 17: K1, SSK, K12, K2Tog, Slip 1 (16 Sts)
  18. Row 18: K6, K2Tog, K2Tog, K5, Slip 1 (14 Sts)
  19. Row 19: K5, K2Tog, K2Tog, K4, Slip 1 (12 Sts)

BO: All 12 Stitches



CO: 14 Stitches

BO: 14 Stitches



Braid 3 strands of yarn, knotting them to secure on either side until your braid is approximately 2” in length.



Slightly fold bottom portion of wings overlapping top portion, tack with yarn to secure. Tack abdomen over the center of wings, add an antenna, weave in ends. Fly away!


Butterfly Size: Approximately 3.25” wide x 2.5” tall with size 7US needles and worsted yarn. Using smaller or larger materials will alter the size of your finished butterfly accordingly.

Knitting Techniques

    • Slip Knot 

    • CO = Cast On Long Tail Method

    • CCO = Cable Cast On (Increase)

    • K = Knit Stitch 

    • K2Tog = Knit Two Together (Decrease)

    • KFB = Knit Front and Back (Increase)

    • Slip 1 = Slip One Stitch Purlwise

    • SSK = Slip, Slip, Knit (Decrease)

    • BO = Bind Off

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