This beautiful Butterfly Stitch Knitting Pattern is a vintage summer classic! Strategically placed slipped stitches help create the butterfly wings design into your knitted work. I recently shared the Caterpillar Knit Stitch Pattern, so now it’s time for butterflies! I hope you enjoy my Step-by-Step video tutorial and printable written knitting instructions of the Butterfly Stitch Pattern below.
MATERIALS for the Butterfly Stitch
My sample was created with size 7 US knitting needles and worsted weight yarn. Feel free to use any appropriately sized yarn and needles for your creative project.
- Knitting Needles – Size 7 US Bamboo Straight
- Tapestry Needle – Clover Chibi Jumbo Bent Tip Darning Needle Set
- Scissors – Gold Stork Crane Scissors
KNITTING TECHNIQUES for the Butterfly Stitch
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- Slip Knot
- CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
- K = Knit Stitch
- P = Purl Stitch
- Bind Off
- Weave In Ends
- WYIB = With Yarn In Back
- Yarn - Any Gauge
- Knitting Needles - Appropriate Size for Yarn
- Tapestry Needle
Cast On: Multiples of 10, plus 7 Stitches
STEP ONE: Knit all stitches along the first row
STEP TWO: Knit the following Butterfly Stitch pattern.
- Row 1: K1, P5, * with yarn in back (wyib) slip 5, P5 *, K1
- Row 2: Knit All
- Row 3: K1, P5, * wyib slip 5, P5 *, K1
- Row 4: Knit All
- Row 5: K1, P5, * wyib slip 5, P5 *, K1
- Row 6: K1, * K7, Lift 3 Strands, K1, Release 3 Strands, K2 *, K5, K1
- Row 7: K1, wyib slip 5, * P5, wyib slip 5 *, K1
- Row 8: Knit All
- Row 9: K1, wyib slip 5, * P5, wyib slip 5 *, K1
- Row 10: Knit All
- Row 11: K1, wyib slip 5, * P5, wyib slip 5 *, K1
- Row 12: K1, K2, Lift 3 Strands, K1, Release 3 Strands, K2, * K7, Lift 3 Strands, K1, Release 3 Strands, K2 *, K1
- Repeat Rows 1 – 12 until your piece is the length you desire.
- Non-Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern.
- Double Pointed Knitting Needles Size US 7 (4.5mm)
- Stork Scissors Stainless Steel Gold Sewing Scissors Small
- Clover Chibi Jumbo Bent Tip Darning Needle Set
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