Anyway, I've been trying to figure out what to do with all my leftover yarn from projects and I figure cup cozies are the way to go. I've been meaning to try out different stitch patterns as well and I figure this would be a low commitment project if I didn't like it. It was very simple since I've knitted in a round using double pointed needles. It took me about 2-3 hours total (watching the tv while knitting probably prolonged it). I really like the little 'butterflies" since it's not a common stitch.
Needle: size 5 double pointed needles
Gauge: 5.5 stockinette stitches an inch
CO 47 stitches (the butterfly pattern calls for multiples of 10 + 7)
Row 1 - 3: *k1tbl, p1 to the end. Remember to mark the end of a row with a stitch marker
Row 4: k1, *k5, sl5 wyif; rep from *, end k6
Row 5: k
Row 6: Rep Row 4
Row 7: k
Row 8: Rep Row 4
Row 9: k8, *insert right needle over and under the bottom of the 3 slipped strands to the top, knit the next stitch on the left needle but before slipping the stitch off the left needle, bring the right needle back behind the 3 strands then slip the stitch off the left needle. It's hard to explain in words so here is a GREAT YouTube video on how to do it: Butterfly Stitch; k9 rep from *, end with 8k
Row 10: k1, *sl5 wyif, k5; rep from *, end sl5 wyif, k1
Row 11: k
Row 12: Rep Row 10
Row 13: k
Row 14: Rep Row 10
Row 15: k3, *form the butterfly as you did in Row 9, p9; rep from *, end last rep p3
Repeat Rows 4-15 once so you have 4 butterfly rows
Row 16 - 18: *k1tbl, p1 repeat from * to the end
Bind off as you would normally but using Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off every 3 or 4 stitches. This makes the top very elastic to accommodate the width of the cup.
Note: Since the stitch pattern wasn't for knitting in a round, there's a section of the cozy that won't alternate (see the picture below). I'm not too picky about it so it doesn't bother me but thought I'd give you the heads up.
k - knit
k1tbl - knit 1 through the back loop
sl5 wyif - slip 5 stitches with the yarn in front