The Caterpillar Stitch :: Knitting Stitch #173 In Knits & Purls Stitch Description This knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the caterpillar stitch. This simple stitch adds a playful bit of texture to any project. Great for children’s garments and bags! Video Tutorial Abbreviations KKnit Stitch PPurl Stitch Stitch Details Skill LevelEasy Row CountNumber of Rows: 6 Pattern Repeat Multiples of 8 + 6 Stitch Characteristics Pattern Instructions Cast On: Multiples of 8 + 6 Row 1: (right side) k4, p2, *k6, p2; rep from * to end Row 2: p1, k2, *p6, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p3 Row 3: k2, p2, *k6, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 Row 4: p3, k2, *p6, k2; rep from * to last st, p1 Row 5: p2, *k6, p2; rep from * to last 4sts, k4 Row 6: Purl. Repeat rows 1 – 6 until you have reached your desired length. Swatch Photos Example of the caterpillar stitch Right Side (click for larger)Example of Caterpillar stitch Wrong Side (click for larger) Related Posts The Bamboo Stitch By Johnny Vasquez How to Knit The Horizontal Herringbone Stitch :: Knitting Stitch #5 By Johnny Vasquez How to Knit: The Smock Stitch :: Knitting Stitch #6 By Johnny Vasquez The Seed Stitch By Johnny Vasquez 8 Comments firstname.lastname@example.org Making baby leggings. This will be cute. email@example.com Love the new site. Needs to have a print button for the pattern. I have to make copies of the whole page just to get the pattern. Still I love everything you do.!!!! Johnny Vasquez It’s on our list of things to add. GardenCityGranny I like this stitch for the simplicity. Of course, I haven’t swatched it yet but if it will knit up square I can see it being substituted for any square that’s done in a plain ss (such as Mary Maxim’s lighthouse afghan). Lauren Gessler When you say cast on multiples of 8+6 Do you mean multiples of 8 (say 4*8)+6 OR do you mean multiples of 8+6 (or 14)? say 4*14 It’s confusing and the difference could be quite a lot. Johnny Vasquez Hi Lauren! A lot of people have this issue. It’s probably our most asked question. It means multiples of 8 (16, 24, 32, etc.) then add 6 at the end. firstname.lastname@example.org I like this stitch very much. It is clean and simple. Debcraft20@aol.com Love everything about your site. It’s been so informative.