Butterflies Are Free by Adina Alexander

Butterflies Are Free

November 2004
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
4.0 mm (G)
294 yards (269 m)
Finished length: 48" Finished width: 2"
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Pattern description from Stitch ‘N Bitch Nation: “With all the floral embellishments around, I’d never seen a knitted butterfly, so I invented one. Butterflies fascinated me long before they became part of the current fashion trend, and this was a fun way to combine that interest with my knitting. The loop underneath the butterfly keeps the scarf from slipping out of place while you wear it and requires no sewing - you just pick up stitches from the scarf and bind them back to the scarf after a few rows. Since the butterfly is attached to the loop, it’s always sitting in the right spot, no matter how you adjust the fit. I’ve based the colors of my butterflies on actual species, but of course you’re free to make them whatever color you like.”

Size: Finished length: 48” Finished width: 2”


  • Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille (100% mercerized cotton; 50g/98yds) MONARCH BUTTERFLY
  • MC: 1 skein #4043 Cypress
  • CC1: 1 skein #2230 Mango
  • CC2: 1 skein #3433 Rosewood MORPHO BUTTERFLY
  • MC: 1 skein #1015 Natural
  • CC1: 1 skein #2214 Bluebell
  • CC2: 1 skein #9292 Charcoal
  • US 6 (4mm) straight needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles (set of 2)
  • US G (4.25mm) crochet hook
  • Stitch holder

Special Skill: Single Crochet