Pattern of the Week: Butterfly Mitts

When I was a child, my father planted a butterfly garden in our backyard. Milkweed, bleeding heart, honeysuckle, and columbine all crowded around an enormous butterfly bush dripping with clusters of purple flowers. I used to love watching all the butterflies that would swarm there each summer. Of all the species, however, monarchs are probably my favorite. There are four generations of monarch butterflies each year, and the fourth one makes a 2,500-mile migration to warmer climates every fall.

It’s no wonder, then, that I chose the Butterfly Mitts from knitscene Summer 2019 as the pattern of the week. This issue has many beautiful pieces that combine knitting and embroidery, but Jenny Williams’ gorgeous mitts are probably my favorite. The fingerless gloves depict a monarch with wings outspread on a lovely orange stockinette background.

butterfly mitts


The Butterfly Mitts are knit in the round starting at the cuff in a corrugated rib pattern. The embroidery pattern depicts a monarch butterfly, but this pattern could easily be adapted by a skilled crafter for a different insect. I could imagine this design with Luna moths or bumblebees. The possibilities are endless!

Jenny’s elegant fingerless gloves are knit with 100 percent wool yarn, making them both durable and warm enough to aid you on your own journeys. You may not be flying 2,500 miles, but warm hands this autumn couldn’t hurt!

Remember to count your stitches!


butterfly mitts

Pattern Details

FINISHED SIZE 6¾“ hand circumference at base.

YARN Harrisville Designs Shetland (100% pure virgin wool; 217 yd 198 m/1¾ oz 50 g): #66 melon (orange; MC) and #49 charcoal (gray; CC), 1 skein each.

NEEDLES Size 3 (3.25 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle; embroidery needle; DMC Six-Strand Cotton Embroidery Floss (100% cotton; 8¾ yd 8 m/skein): #947 (orange) and #741 (gold), 1 skein each.

GAUGE 26 sts and 38 rnds = 4” in St st.

All images by Harper Point Photography.

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