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This beautiful butterfly combines illusion knitting with mitred knitting.

The clever construction creates a mitred triangle with a line of symmetry for the patterning on the wing. This is only half the butterfly as the second half is added by picking up stitches and adding another identical triangle. You can see all of the butterfly when you spread it out but it becomes much more ephemeral when you are wearing it. As you move around different parts come in and out of view.

The shawl in the photos used approximately 440 yards (400m) in each of two contrasting DK yarns with extra required for the border. It measures approximately 56” (140 cm) across, excluding the border. Using different yarn would make it bigger or small.

This is not much more difficult to make than our other illusion designs. The charting is slightly different from our usual charts. Familiarise yourself with our methods before you try this one. We have lots of samples you can try.

Independent Designer
Steve Plummer - Woolly Thoughts
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