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.
Knitted Kitchen #20 - Butterfly Stitch washcloth

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

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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.

Abbreviations used:

  • 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

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Stitch multiples:

  • 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

Special Stitch:

Modified Butterfly Stitch (mbs): Insert right needle (or left needle if left handed) under the 3 loose strands below.

Modified butterfly stitch 1 -

Knit the next stitch, pulling it out from under the loose strands when finished.

Modified butterfly stitch 2 - StitchesNScraps.comModified butterfly stitch 3 -

This is a modified version, because the more typical version is to purl those strands together on the previous wrong side row.


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Cast on 45 [59]

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 [94]: 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 [4], (sl5wyif, k 5) 3 [4] times, sl5wyif, k 1 [3], (k1, p1) twice.

Row 13: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 4 [6], mbs, (k 9, mbs) 3 [4] times, k 3 [5], (k 1, p 1) twice.

Rows 15, 17 & 19: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 2 [4] ( k 5, sl5wyif) 3 [4] times, k 6 [8], (k 1, p 1) twice.

Row 21: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 9 [11], mbs, (k 9, mbs) 2 [3] times, k 6 [8], (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.


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Note: these are the same pattern as the written instructions – do one or the other, not both.

9" square -Knitted Kitchen #20 - Butterfly Stitch -

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12" square -Knitted Kitchen #20 - Butterfly Stitch -

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I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to Lion Brand for providing the yarn!

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Knitted Kitchen #20 – Butterfly Stitch — 3 Comments

  1. Hi,
    Love your work and patterns.
    Couldn’t subscribe to get the update and new patterns to my email.
    Could you please help me with it?

  2. Hi,
    Ty for your help.
    Managed to subscribe to your emails.

    Can’t wait to get the first email from you.

    Wishing you best of luck

    • Yay! Yes I looked and you are on the list for the biweekly newsletter (first one should be out next week). Did you also want the notifications every time something new is posted? (no more than once a day). Let me know and I’ll add you for that too 🙂

      and thank you for the compliment!

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