Butterfly Kerchief by Ekaterina Filippova-Blanchard

Butterfly Kerchief

July 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in St st
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
130 - 175 yards (119 - 160 m)
Toddler, Child, Teen, Adult
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Adorn your little one’s head with this sweet butterfly fluttering her wings beneath the breeze.
This adorable lightweight kerchief is a quick and fun one skein summer project. The perfect gift for your little darling who loves butterflies. Knitted in one piece with no seams, no button closure it’s easy to make and easy to put on.

Butterfly kerchief is knit in one piece. The brim is worked first in the round and then the body in flat. Wings are shaped with short rows. If you aren’t comfortable with work in the round, you may knit the brim in flat. Then add 1 st at the beginning and end of Cast on Row and sew the seam when the piece is finished.

I am using here the shadow wrap short row technique developed by Alice Yu. It’s easy to make and gives very nice and neat result on both sides of knitting, but you are free to use whatever method you like.


1-3 yo 17 ½ – 19 inch/44-47 cm head сircumference
3-5 yo 19 ½ – 21 inch/48-53 cm
6-9 yo 21 – 21 ½ inch/53-55 cm
+10 yo 22 - 23 inch/56-58 cm

Choose a cotton with a synthetic blend (e.g. contains some microfiber, bamboo, modal, etc.), that produces a fabric that stretches well.

Suitable for an average knitter.

Skills used
Knit and purl, yo, knitting in the round, short rows, cable knitting

Pattern provides written directions, schematic and short-rows photo tutorial.