Butterfly Knitting Pattern

My Butterfly Knitting Pattern shows you how to create these cute embellishments in a variety of color combinations. Especially when it feels too hot to knit, it’s fun to craft small quick knit appliques. You may wish to add these knitted butterflies to clothes, hairpins, notebooks, knitted flower bouquets and more.

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

Butterfly Knitting Pattern Construction

Butterfly Body

This is an easy pattern construction, sure to inspire an entire kaleidoscope of butterflies! It’s a favorite yarn-buster project to help you use up your stash. The body of your butterfly is knitted:

  • Bottom-up
  • Flat using straight needles
  • Short rows to create the curved shape
  • Seamless
Knitting the body of a butterfly shape flat on straight needle in blue yarn color.

Finishing Embellishment

First, we will slightly fold bottom portion of wings overlapping top portion and tack with yarn to secure.

We then knit a little abdomen with any contrasting yarn color of your choice. By braiding three strands of yarn, create an antenna. Finishing is simply weaving in yarn ends!

Hands holding a knitted butterfly shape in blue and white yarn colors.

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

Knitting Techniques

Not only is this a fun little quick knit project, but it’s a great opportunity to practice Basic Knitting Stitches, along with Increase and Decrease Stitches.

Increase Stitches


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

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, Sl1P (10 Sts)
  2. Row 2: K1, KFB, K6, KFB, Sl1P (12 Sts)
  3. Row 3: K1, KFB, K8, KFB, Sl1P (14 Sts)
  4. Row 4: K1, KFB, K10, KFB, Sl1P (16 Sts)

  5. Row 5: K1, SSK, K10, K2Tog, Sl1P (14 Sts)
  6. Row 6: K1, SSK, K8, K2Tog, Sl1P (12 Sts)
  7. Row 7: K1, SSK, K6, K2Tog, Sl1P (10 Sts)

  8. Row 8: BO 3, K5, Sl1P (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, Sl1P (16 Sts)
  12. Row 12: K1, KFB, K12, KFB, Sl1P (18 Sts)
  13. Row 13: K1, KFB, K14, KFB, Sl1P (20 Sts)

  14. Row 14: K19, Sl1P (20 Sts)
  15. Row 15: K19, Sl1P (20 Sts)

  16. Row 16: K1, SSK, K14, K2Tog, Sl1P (18 Sts)
  17. Row 17: K1, SSK, K12, K2Tog, Sl1P (16 Sts)
  18. Row 18: K6, K2Tog, K2Tog, K5, Sl1P (14 Sts)
  19. Row 19: K5, K2Tog, K2Tog, K4, Sl1P (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; and
  • 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.

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