02 May 2016
Butterfly Stitch - Royal Blue Cowl
This is a really nice, textured knit stitch, and was a lot easier to do than I thought it would be! I learned using a video from the masters at Knitting Stitch Patterns.
While knitting, I was listening to Neil Gaiman's American Gods. I really liked the narrators for this story because they made it come alive! If you ever get a chance to listen to this book, do it!
-knitting needles, size 6.5 mm or US 10.5
-steel yarn needles, size 7cm (for sewing finished ends together)
-about 3 balls of Red Heart Soft Touch royal blue yarn (266m/ball)
-slip 5 stitches with yarn in front (sl 5 wyif)
-knit 1 under loose strand (k1 uls)
This pattern is knitted in a multiple of 10 + 9 sts and a 20-row repeat.
The cowl ended up being 19" in length and 13" in width. To get these dimensions, I cast on 49 stitches and repeated the below pattern 11 times.
The first five rows were done in seed stitch, and I always started each of the rows with a knit stitch.
Then I repeated the below pattern and added a five stitch seeded border for each row:
Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7: K,P,K,P,K (seed stitch border), then K2, * sl 5 wyif, k5; repeat from * to last 12 stitches, sl 5 wyif, k2 then K, P, K, P, K
Row 2 and all even numbered rows: K,P,K,P,K, then purl all stitches to last 5 stitches, then K, P, K, P, K
Row 9: K,P,K,P,K, then K4, * k1 uls, k9; repeat from * to last 10 stitches, k1 uls, k4 then K, P, K, P, K
Rows 11, 13, 15 and 17: K,P,K,P,K, then K7, * sl 5 wyif, k5; repeat from * to last 7 stitches, k2 then K, P, K, P, K
Row 19: K,P,K,P,K, then K9, * k1 uls, knit 9; repeat from * to end, then K, P, K, P, K
Repeat Rows 1-20.
After repeating the pattern above several times, I knitted another five rows of seed stitch, cast off, and then sewed the ends together. Tada!
The images below show the reverse side of the stitch:
And as always, wrapped up in pretty paper so I can give it to a friend!