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Caterpillar Stitch Knitting Pattern for Beginners

The Caterpillar Stitch Pattern is a great pattern to create a modern pop of texture. This 12-Row Repeat Knit Stitch Pattern is created with a simple combination of knits and purls. It is perfect for dishcloths with pretty ridges for texture.

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 is clustered up for extra stretchability.

Get your free written pattern instructions with video tutorials below. You may also purchase my ad-free Knit Stitch Pattern Book in both hardcopy and e-book formats.

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Caterpillar Knit Stitch Pattern in white yarn on knitting needle.

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KNITTING MATERIALS

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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.

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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CATERPILLAR STITCH PATTERN
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Caterpillar Knit Stitch Pattern in white yarn on knitting needle.

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

Tools

  • Knitting Needles - Appropriate Size for Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

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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