Welcome spring with a butterfly stitch washcloth! A simple pattern of slip stitches creates the floating strands of yarn that form this unique texture.
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Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop
The Butterfly Stitch washcloth is pattern #20 in the 2017 Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop, hosted by the Underground Crafter. Knit your way through 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.
For more information about the event and links to the patterns, be sure to visit the main Knitted Kitchen post. I hope you’ll join in the fun!
Modified Butterfly Stitch
This is not the most common version of the butterfly stitch. I modified it slightly so that all the work is done on the right side rows. To see a more common version of this stitch, check out this Lunchtime Live episode.
Butterfly Stitch Washcloth
- Yarn: 80  yds Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn – shown in Lilac
- Needles: US size 6 (4mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- Notions: Yarn needle
Easy – Basic stitches and slipped stitches.
9″ square [12″ square]
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
- b = butterfly stitch (see Special Stitches)
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- RS = Right Side
- WS = Wrong Side
- Butterfly stitch center section only: multiple of 10 + 7  sts, multiple of 16 + 1  rows
- Entire square: multiple of 10 + 15  sts, multiple of 16 + 11  rows
Butterfly Stitch (b): Insert working needle under the 3 loose strands below.
Knit through the picked-up strands and the next st together.
(Scroll down for charts)
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 butterfly stitch section
Row 6: Sl1, k1, p1, k1, p across to last 4 sts, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 7: Sl1, k1, p1, k2 , (sl5wyif, k5) 3  times, sl5wyif, k1 , (k1, p1) twice.
Rows 8-12: Repeat rows 6-7 twice, then repeat row 6 once more.
Row 13: Sl1, k1, p1, k4 , b, (k9, b) 3  times, k3 , (k1, p1) twice. (4  butterflies)
Row 14: Sl1, k1, p1, k1, p across to last 4 sts, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 15: Sl1, k1, p1, k2  ( k5, sl5wyif) 3  times, k6 , (k1, p1) twice.
Rows 16-20: Repeat rows 14-15 twice, then repeat row 14 once more.
Row 21: Sl1, k1, p1, k9 , b, (k9, b) 2  times, k8 , (k1, p1) twice. (3  butterflies)
Rows 22-70 : Repeat rows 6-21 three [four] times, then repeat row 6 once more.
12″ size only – Rows 87-94: Repeat rows 7-14.
Seed stitch top border:
Rows 71-75 [95-99]: Repeat row 2.
Bind off all stitches and weave in ends.
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