Video Tutorial: Making Yarn Butterflies!

Step by Step 1/1 LslT RS (Left-slip-Twist) Knitting Tutorial


Learn how to make yarn bobbins/butterflies in this week's YouTube tutorial.

This is a simple technique for making small center-pull yarn bobbins / butterflies. These are great little mini-balls of yarn that make colorwork techniques much easier if you're only needing a small amount of each color.

Usually yarn butterflies are recommended for intarsia, but they're also handy for crochet colorwork, stranded colorwork, amigurumi, and other small knit or crochet items that don't require large chunks of all the colors. If you have any questions, you can always email me directly:

Have fun & happy knitting!

Shaina ^_^



  • Yarn

  • Scissors

  • Your Hands

Step 1:

Hold the yarn in your hand with the tail hanging down past the bottom by a few inches.

Step 2:

Keep the yarn in place at the base of your pinky finger with your thumb and pinky. (The other 3 fingers will stay open/straight.

Step 3:

Wrap the yarn around the 3 open fingers until you have as much wound as you need for your project.

Step 4:

Slip 2 of your fingers out of the yarn & holding the wound yarn so that the openings are at the top and bottom, wrap the yarn perpendicular around the middle to secure it. (Like you're making an X.) Don't wrap too tightly, just tight enough to keep it from escaping.

Step 5:

Once the bobbin has been secured, cut the yarn and tuck the end into the wrapping from Step 4.

That's it!

Now you can make all the tiny bobbins and butterflies you need!



More Ways to Try this Technique:

Tales of Childhood Shawl Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

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$7.00 USD

(Linked to the YumiYarns shop)

Tales of Childhood Fingerless Mitts Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

Gaugetastic Cowl

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(Linked to the YumiYarns shop)

Tales of Childhood Hat Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

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(Linked to Ravelry)



The Yumi Yarns Blog