Can Cornwall’s knitters create the longest string of Butterfly Bunting?

The Palliative and End of Life Care Team at Royal Cornwall Hospital are calling out to the knitting and crochet enthusiasts of Cornwall to help them create a string of butterfly bunting to reach around the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance and St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle.
To mark the start of Dying Matters Week, commencing on Monday 13th May, the team want to wrap the hospitals in a big butterfly bunting hug, all to increase awareness of The Butterfly Scheme an initiative which aims to enhance end of life care across the Trust.

“We are asking everyone across Cornwall, and beyond, to set their needles to the task and help us to highlight to people across Cornwall and beyond the great work that is being done within our hospitals to improve end of life care,” said Steph Brelsford, Butterfly Scheme Project Lead.

“By getting involved you will help emphasise just how important it is to get End of Life care right for everyone,” Steph added.

Individuals can contribute as many butterflies as they would like – groups of friends of family and even craft groups might like to join butterflies together to contribute to the bunting. On the day staff, volunteers and patients will join together across the three sites to display the bunting which it is envisaged will wind its way around the hospitals grounds.

After, the crafted butterflies will then be available for a donation to The Butterfly Fund, part of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity, which enables the purchase of items and equipment such as guest beds, audio equipment, home comforts, or can even be used to make a ‘Rainbow Day’ possible,

“Rainbow Days will add colour to someone’s day, where appropriate, care teams across the hospitals will be encouraged to ask our end of life patients what would make their day extra special and if the request is within our power then we will make it happen,” Liz Thomas ,Specialist Palliative Care Nurse.

Recently there have been stories of ad-hoc gestures by staff, providing a favourite tipple, a bacon sandwich or arranging for a pet to visit.

“Come on Cornwall, we know that we have enough keen crafters out there to make this a real spectacle! Let’s put the county on the map and show how much we care about enhancing end of life care in our hospitals!” Said Karen Murrish, Fundraising Manager for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity.

Ways to get involved:

  • Knit or crochet butterflies simple patterns are provided but you are encouraged to get creative! (up to 20cm wide)
  • If you would like to contribute a few then ideally we ask that you connect the butterflies together onto a backing tape with a 1” gap between.
  • Offer to act as a drop off point for butterflies.
  • Offer to collect donations for butterflies after the main event. This will involve having a collection tin and small stock of butterflies at your location.

Drop off points for butterflies are:

  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity Pod, Trelawny Entrance, Royal Cornwall Hospital
  • Sunrise Centre reception
  • St Michael’s Hospital, Friends Café in main reception

Community Drop Off points:

  • Wadebridge Wines
  • St Columb Library

or Post to Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3LJ.

To find out more about the Butterfly Bunting Project or the Butterfly Scheme Fund please contact Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity or 01872 252858
Pattern details supplied below but please feel free to get creative!

Knitted Butterfly (Stocking Stitch)
R1: Cast on 5 stitches
R2: Knit row
R3: Knit front and back of 1st stitch, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 and knit front and back of last stitch (increase)
R4: Knit row
R5: Knit front and back of 1st, knit 1, purl 3, knit 1 and knit front and back of last stitch (increase)
R6: Knit row
R7: Knit front and back of 1st stitch, knit 1, purl 5, knit 1 and knit front and back of last stitch (increase)
R8: Knit row
R9: Knit 3, purl 5, knit 3
R10: Knit row
R11: Knit 3, purl 5, knit 3
Cut the yarn and move to end of needle to make the 2nd curve of the wing. Cast on to repeat pattern on the same needle.
When you’ve completed the 2nd set, both wing curves will be on the same needle.

R12: Knit across both sets to join (22 stitches)
R13: Knit 3, purl 16, knit 3
R14: Knit row
R15: Knit 3, purl 16, knit 3
R16: Knit row
R17: Knit together 1st 2 stitches, knit 1, purl 16, knit 1, knit together last 2 stitches (decrease)
R18: Knit together 1st 2 stitches, knit row and then knit together last 2 stitches (repeat R17 and R18 until 10 stitches remain)
Knit row
Cast off and using a darning needle thread in the ends

Body (all stocking stitch)
R1: Cast on 4 stitches
R2: Knit row
R3: Purl row
Repeat to desired length
Cast off leaving a long tail for stitching together

Stitch wings together and either decorate or knit a body section

Crochet Butterfly
Chain 10
Make a ring – hook into first chain stitch and pull yarn through onto the hook

Chain 3, then make 2 trebles in the ring
Chain 2, then make 3 trebles in the ring, repeat 6 more times until you have 8 sets of trebles
Chain 2, then join to 3rd stitch of starting chain with a slip stitch and fasten off

Colour 2
Using second colour, join in any 2 chain space with a slip stitch and 1 chain to secure
Make 3 chain and 2 trebles in this 2 chain space, chain 2 then make 3 trebles in the same space
Repeat in each 2 chain space (2 sets of trebles with 2 chains space, in each space)
Join circle by joining the first treble with a slip stitch and fasten off

Colour 3
Using third colour, join in any 2 chain space with a slip stitch
Make 6 trebles in the same space, chain 2 then make 6 more trebles in the same space
Make a slip stitch in the space between the 2 sets of trebles from the second colour
In the next 2 chain space repeat 6 trebles, 2 chain, 6 trebles, repeat 2 further times to have 4 completed
Fasten off

Darn in all loose ends and fold in half
Make a chain in a contrast colour long enough to tie around the butterfly and form 2 antennae, knot to secure

Added on March 22, 2019, in Charity - RCHT Charity