Nymphalidea

BY MELINDA VERMEER

Named for one of the largest families of butterflies, this popular shawl is reminiscent of delicate, veined butterfly wings.  This look is achieved by combining mesh edging with solid welts separating each section, so that each wedge is beautifully defined and unique.

Originally published by Knitty in their Deep Fall 2013 issue, the pattern is available from the Knitty site as a free download, or a re-written and enhanced version may be purchased from the designer at the link provided.  The paid version includes the original instructions, as well as instructions for an updated shape, tips on using color, making alterations, and a step-by-step blocking photo tutorial.

The sample shown was knit with a fingering weight solid and long gradient yarn and we’re excited to show you the colorful combinations that can be created with elann.com Tarantella or Pippi Longcolors Lite paired with a solid shade of our new Wool Mate Fingering or Wagga Wagga Sock yarns (links below).

  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Finished Size: 152.5 cm (60″) wingspan by 38 cm (15″) depth
  • Materials:  approx. 400m (436 yds) each of a solid plus a gradient yarn in fingering weight (27-29 sts to 10 cm/4″) or just 1 skein each of either elann.com Tarantella or Pippi Longcolors Lite, plus 1 skein of Wool Mate Fingering  or Wagga Wagga Sock (see links below).  From just two-5 color packs, you could knit 5 different versions of Nimphalidea!
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