Catching Butterflies

from Mia Rinde

Catching Butterflies Pattern


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Knitting: Catching Butterflies
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details









Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Pattern Description:

I like to collect pretty things, but catching actual butterflies isn't going about it my way. I prefer to capture their shape and beauty using a Japanese butterfly lace, accentuated with a purled background and arranged to adorn a shawl.

This triangular shawl is knitted with increases in the middle and along the edges. The pattern is charted. Yarn requirements are variable. Use needle size that gives you a nice lacy effect. Two versions are included, one with butterflies everywhere and one with a purled start, both can easily be adjusted in size.


Gauge is not crucial, use needles to obtain a desired lace effect.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Yellow shawl is knitted in Madelinetosh Prairie 100% Merino, 840 yd/768 m per 114g skein it used 91 grams knitted on 3 mm (US 21/2) needles. Gauge: 22 stitches = 10 cm in Butterflies chart. Blocked size is 145 x 70 cm (57 x 28 inches).
  • Purple shawl is knitted in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light 100% merino, 420 yd/384 m per 100g skein it used 103 grams knitted on 3.5 mm (US 4) needles. Gauge: 18 stitches = 10 cm in Butterflies chart. Blocked size is 125 x 65 cm (49 x 26 inches).
  • Pale pink shawl is knitted in Malabrigo Silky Merino 51% Silk, 49% Merino, 150 yd/137 m per 50g skein it used 80 grams knitted on size 4 mm (US 6) needles. Gauge: 16 stitches = 10 cm in Butterflies chart. Blocked size is 105 x 50 cm (41 x 20 inches).


  • Knitting needle, the size that gives you and your yarn a lacy fabric.
  • Yarn requirements: 240-700 yards of yarn.

About Designer

About Designer

Mia Rinde on

I'm totally addicted to knitting lace shawls and have now gone from altering existing designs to actually creating my own.

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