Caterpillar Stitch

Stitch Description

The caterpillar stitch is a simple knit and purl pattern that creates a fabric with short diagonal lines. This subtle texture looks like little caterpillars working their way across the fabric. It’s an easy stitch to make and looks great on larger projects where you want some visual interest without it calling attention to itself.

Try the caterpillar stitch in a blanket, washcloth, or even a hat.

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Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number 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.

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