The 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 a 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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