Last week, I needed a break. I’d spent all my art time editing footage for the skills and techniques video for my upcoming pattern set, and I was feeling a little burned-out. I dug through my basket of odd-balls of yarn and found a bright little ball of Mary Maxim Bamboo Soft Stripe in Red Rock. I’d used the first half to make “Knot Socks” by Nancy Bush from Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd. I love them. They’re cooling and comfy. Often, I’ve wished I’d made a set of fingerless gloves to go with them, but I didn’t quite have enough left-over yarn to do so.
That’s when the solution presented itself. I’d just finished editing the footage for Butterfly stitch, sometimes called Bowtie stitch. It makes a light, fluffy fabric that’s not quite lacy but has that sweet, feminine feeling. In contrast to the solid, thicker cabled design of Knot Socks, my new Spicy Butterfly Gauntlets are girly and sassy, light, and even a little slouchy. They look lovely when I’m wearing my Knot Socks, but they stand on their own just as well.
For this project, I used approximately 33 grams of Mary Maxim Bamboo Soft Stripes in the Red Rock color way. My knitting needles were size US size 2 or 2.75 mm double pointed needles. I used 48 stitches with Knit, Purl as my base pattern. I divided my stitches into groups of 4 to form the Butterfly stitches, alternating butterfly stitch with a section of K, P, K, P. Once one set of Butterfly stitches was complete, I flip-flopped the two sections to get a staggered look.
If I were doing it again, I’d probably make space for a thumb hole so these could be worn as simple fingerless gloves or gauntlets. As they are, they look good both pulled long or scrunched down, depending on the look I’m going for.
Here’s a pre-view of my upcoming videos. This one’s focused on Butterfly Stitch, just in case you want to knit up your own Spicy Butterfly Gauntlets!
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