Butterfly Stitch

Several stitches are slipped with yarn in front to create a stack of loose strands. These strands are gathered up in one stitch creating wings radiating out from the center. Done in a solid color, the butterflies are very prominent. When done in multiple colors, the butterflies are hidden and simulate tuck point quilting.

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  1. Anne Marie
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Will this be the stitch on KAL sock #6?

  2. Posted June 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm…..time will tell!

  3. Mary
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Love it!

  4. Candy
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Do you know of any patterns for afghans using the butterfly stitch?

  5. Posted June 21, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    I’m actually working on one right now! It would be simple enough to substitute the butterfly stitch for an area of stockinette. I would love to hear from you if you are able to make a go of it!

  6. Posted November 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi, this is a nice video. Does this pattern you are showing here have rows of straight knitting in between the floats? You don’t mention if you are slipping each row or knitting between.
    When I do this, I knit a round between each float, making it 6 rows per butterfly. So it’s first row, slip 5; next row, knit; next row slip 5, next row knit, next row, slip 5; next row knit; next row gather the slipped stitches and make the butterfly. Thanks!

  7. Posted November 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    You are absolutely correct in your pattern for the butterfly stitch. This stitch is found in my sock pattern, Fluttered. This pattern is a FREE pattern in my Pattern Store.

  8. Posted November 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! And I will check out Fluttered! :^)

  9. Lorerz
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Thank you some much I finally can do the hat I have been wanting to do!!!

  10. Diane BALLOU
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    My pattern calls for the butterfly stitch. The gathering stitch is made on the pearl side. Seems like I am picking up an extra stitch inside the butterfly. What am I doing wrong?

  11. Posted January 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Hmm…Are you dropping the stitch on the left hand needle after gathering all the strands together?

  12. Nancy
    Posted July 4, 2015 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    I am knitting the Building in Color afghan, and when I do the BF stitch in three colors, the edge that doesn’t have the color pickup (when I look at it from the RS, this is the left edge) the edge becomes wobbly or bowed out between BF rows. As a result, the left edge is actually longer than the right edge, since the right edge is kept in control by the picking up of new colors every third row.

    Aside from pulling the stitches a little tighter along the left edge, is there a way to get that left edge under control, and therefore the same size, as the right edge? Thank you for your creativity and patterns. I’ve done Building Blocks as well, and I love making your afghans. Nancy

  13. Posted July 6, 2015 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    The edge is rather wonky on that panel, but not to worry as it will be hidden in the seam.

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  • By Fluttered – Part 3 on June 15, 2011 at 7:50 am

    […] With the hard work behind us, the stage has been set for a flirty foot.  The addition of butterflies to the instep gives a “wow” factor to the footie.  The butterfly stitch is created by gathering several long strands into one central stitch.  Learn to knit this fun stitch by watching my video, “Butterfly Stitch”. […]

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