How to knit Butterfly Stitch

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Butterfly Stitch
Butterfly Stitch

The butterfly stitch is a excellent pattern for advanced beginner weavers. While the final product may seem intimidating, the pattern is quite simple. The slipped points come together to form delicate wings similar to butterflies. It is also known as a smocking stitch.

MATERIALS

Yarns in any weight, fiber and color of your choice. My yarn is Red Heart Super Saver Solid in Buff color. For knit stitch patterns, use any yarn and needle size of your choice. I am using weighted thread combed with size 7 needles.

Cast On in Multiples of 10, plus 7 Stitches

1 Knit All

2 K1, P5, *wyib slip 5, P5 *, Kl

3 Knit All

4 K1, P5, * wyib slip 5, P5 *, K1

5 Knit All

6 K1, P5, *wyib slip 5, P5 *, Kl

7 1(1, * K7, Lift 3 Strands, Kl, Release 3 Strands, K2 *, K5, K1

8 K1, wyib slip 5, * P5, wyib slip 5 *, K1

9 Knit All

10 K1, wyib slip 5, * P5, wyib slip 5 *, Kl

11 Knit All

12 K1, wyib slip 5, * P5, wyib slip 5 *, K1

13 K1, K2, Lift 3 Strands, Kl, Release 3 Strands, K2, * K7, Lift 3 Strands, K1, Release 3 Strands, K2 *, K1

Repeat Rows 2 – 13 until your piece is the length you desire!

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