Caterpillar Knit Stitch Pattern

The Caterpillar Stitch Pattern is a great pattern to create a modern pop of texture. This 12-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern is perfect for dishcloths or anything you can dream up. This vintage Caterpillar Stitch is also called Vertical Dash. You may be interested in checking out a similar pattern, the Long Raindrops Stitch, which also has a design of vertical texture, but it is clustered up for extra stretchability.

Keep reading to get all your materials, techniques, along with written and charted instructions to knit this pattern both flat on straight needles and in the round on circular needles. This pattern is also found on pages 47 – 48 of my Knit Stitch Pattern Book!

Caterpillar Knit Stitch Pattern


KNIT STITCH: 50 KNIT + PURL PATTERN BOOK

Find the Caterpillar Stitch on pages 47 – 48 of my Knit Stitch Pattern Book, now available as both a print book and digital download. Get your free printable pattern further down in this post!

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KNITTING MATERIALS

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Feel free to use any size yarn and needles for your creative project. My Caterpillar Stitch sample was created with size 7 US knitting needles and worsted weight yarn, along with a Tapestry Needle and Scissors

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HOW TO KNIT THE CATERPILLAR STITCH

The Caterpillar Stitch is an easy combination of simple Knit and Purl Stitches. Find my entire library of Knitting Techniques to help knit up this project.

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Caterpillar Stitch Printable Knitting Pattern

Caterpillar Stitch Printable Knitting Pattern

Yield: Caterpillar Stitch Pattern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Experienced Beginner

The Caterpillar Stitch Pattern is a great pattern for light summer knitting that looks very modern. This 12-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern is also called Vertical Dash.

Materials

  • Yarn - Any Gauge

Instructions

KNITTED FLAT ON STRAIGHT NEEDLES:

Cast On in Multiples of 6

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): * K1, P5 *
  2. Row 2 (Wrong Side): * K5, P1 *
  3. Row 3: * K1, P5 *
  4. Row 4: * K5, P1 *
  5. Row 5: * K1, P5 *
  6. Row 6: * K5, P1 *
  7. Row 7: * P3, K1, P2 *
  8. Row 8: * K2, P1, K3 *
  9. Row 9: * P3, K1, P2 *
  10. Row 10: * K2, P1, K3 *
  11. Row 11: * P3, K1, P2 *
  12. Row 12: * K2, P1, K3 *

or

IN THE ROUND ON CIRCULAR NEEDLES:

Cast On in Multiples of 6

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): * K1, P5 *
  2. Row 2: * K1, P5 *
  3. Row 3: * K1, P5 *
  4. Row 4: * K1, P5 *
  5. Row 5: * K1, P5 *
  6. Row 6: * K1, P5 *
  7. Row 7: * P3, K1, P2 *
  8. Row 8: * P3, K1, P2 *
  9. Row 9: * P3, K1, P2 *
  10. Row 10: * P3, K1, P2 *
  11. Row 11: * P3, K1, P2 *
  12. Row 12: * P3, K1, P2 *

Notes

Repeat Rows 1 through 12 until your piece is the length you desire.

Repeat pattern between the * * asterisks

Not a Reversible Knit Stitch Pattern

12-Row Repeat

Lies Flat

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES

  1. Slip Knot 
  2. CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
  3. K = Knit Stitch 
  4. P = Purl Stitch
  5. BO = Bind Off
  6. Weave In Ends

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KNITTING CHART

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