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.

  • 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?).