The Butterfly Stitch washcloth is pattern #20 in the 2017 Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop. This simple technique uses slip stitches to create a unique texture. This is a slightly modified version of the butterfly stitch, where all the work is done on the right side rows. I like the look of looser, more floppy “butterflies”, but if done somewhat more tightly, this stitch can create an almost quilted effect.
The Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop is a knit-along event hosted by the Underground Crafter, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it. Together with a great team of designers and will be bringing you 48 washcloth patterns throughout the year. Each pattern will include a photo and/or video tutorial, so it’s a fun way to learn new stitches and techniques.
Lion Brand has generously provided us with yarn for our designs. I’ve chosen their 24/7 Cotton for all my washcloths and am really enjoying working with it. For more information about the event and links to the patterns, be sure to visit the main #KnittedKitchen post. I hope you’ll join in the fun!
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Butterfly Stitch Washcloth
- 80-140 yds of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn – shown in Lilac
- Size 6 (4mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- Yarn needle
Easy – Basic stitches and slip stitches.
Instructions are written for a 9″ square, with changes for a 12″ square in [ ]
20 sts x 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette.
- k = knit
- p = purl
- sl = slip knitwise with yarn at back
- sl5wyif = slip next 5 stitches purlwise with yarn in front
- mbs = modified butterfly stitch (see special stitches)
- RS = Right Side
- WS = Wrong Side
- Looking at just the butterfly stitch in the center, the 9″ square shows a multiple of 10 stitches + 5, and a multiple of 16 rows + 15, while the 12 inch square shows a multiple of 8 stitches + 5, and a multiple of 16 rows plus 7
- On each side, there is 1 extra stockinette stitch plus the 4-stitch seeded border, which adds a total of 10 stitches. This does not change the stitch multiple for the 9″ square, but makes the 12″ square a multiple of 8 stitches + 7.
- On the top and bottom, there is 1 extra stockinette row, plus the 5 row border, which adds a total of 12 rows. For the 9″ square this makes it a multiple of 16 rows + 11, and for the 12 inch square this makes it a multiple of 16 rows + 3
Modified Butterfly Stitch (mbs): Insert right needle (or left needle if left handed) under the 3 loose strands below.
Knit the next stitch, pulling it out from under the loose strands when finished.
This is a modified version, because the more typical version is to purl those strands together on the previous wrong side row.
Cast on 45 
Seed stitch bottom border:
Row 1 (RS): K 1, (k 1, p 1) across.
Row 2-5: Sl 1, (k 1, p 1) across.
Main section of square
All even numbered (WS) rows from 6-70 : Sl 1, k 1, p1, k 1, p across to last 4 sts, (k 1, p 1) twice.
Rows 7, 9, & 11: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 2 , (sl5wyif, k 5) 3  times, sl5wyif, k 1 , (k1, p1) twice.
Row 13: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 4 , mbs, (k 9, mbs) 3  times, k 3 , (k 1, p 1) twice.
Rows 15, 17 & 19: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 2  ( k 5, sl5wyif) 3  times, k 6 , (k 1, p 1) twice.
Row 21: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 9 , mbs, (k 9, mbs) 2  times, k 6 , (k 1, p 1) twice.
9″ size only: Rows 23-70: Repeat rows 7-22 three times more.
12″ size only: Rows 23 – 94: Repeat rows 7-22 four times more, then repeat rows 7-14 once more.
Seed stitch top border:
Rows 71-75 [95 – 99]: Repeat row 2.
Bind off all stitches and weave in ends.
Note: these are the same pattern as the written instructions – do one or the other, not both.
I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to Lion Brand for providing the yarn!
A downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store or on Ravelry, for a small fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online.
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