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Knit with Aabhar – Butterfly Stitch Pattern

Pattern Description

Butterfly Stitch Pattern is a classic slipped stitch pattern where the slipped stitches look like they are fluttering wings of a butterfly. This pattern is also commonly referred to as Bow Stitch as it is similar in appearance to bows on a fabric.

The Butterfly Stitch Pattern creates a beautifully knitted fabric with a unique texture. This pattern is ideal for knitting some beautiful eye-catching projects. You can knit this free pattern in projects such as jackets, cowls, hats, or even blankets.

Pattern Details

Skill Level

Row Count

Pattern Repeat
(Multiple of 10 + 5) + 2 edge stitches

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This free knit pattern is written in US terms. You can also check out other common knit abbreviations

COCast on
k1tblKnit stitch through back loop
RSRight side
slSlip stitch purlwise
st (s)Stitch (es)
wyifWith yarn in front of work
WSWrong side

Special stitch

bow st: insert the right hand needle into the 4 loops on the other side of the work from top to bottom and slide them onto the left needle. Then, purl 5 stitches (4 loops that were picked up and the subsequent stitch on the left needle) together. This creates the bow shape.

Pattern Instructions

CO (Multiple of 10 + 5) + 2 edge stitches.

Row 1:(RS) – k1tbl, * p5, sl 5 wyif; rep from * to last 6 sts, p5, k1.
Row 2:sl 1, purl all stitches.
Row 3:Rep Row 1.
Row 4:sl 1, purl all stitches.
Row 5:Rep Row 1.
Row 6:sl 1, purl all stitches.
Row 7:Rep Row 1.
Row 8:sl 1, * p5, p2, bow st, p2; rep from * to last 6 sts, p5, sl 1.
Row 9:k1tbl, * sl 5 wyif, p5; rep from * to last 6 sts, sl 5 wyif, k1.
Row 10:sl 1, purl all stitches.
Row 11:Rep Row 9.
Row 12:sl 1, purl all stitches.
Row 13:Rep Row 9.
Row 14:sl 1, purl all stitches.
Row 15:Rep Row 9.
Row 16:sl 1, * p2, bow st, p2, p5; rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, bow st, p2, sl 1.

Repeat this free knit pattern (16 rows) until you have reached the desired length for your work.

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