Russian Triangular Butterfly Shawl

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Russian Triangular Butterfly Shawl Pattern


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Knitting: Russian Triangular Butterfly Shawl
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Girls, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • knit 2 together
  • yarn over
  • knit 3 together

Pattern Description:

In researching Russian and Ukrainian knitting books published from 1950 to 1970, my attention was drawn to a method of working the corner borders of square shawls. I have adapted the technique for the corners of this triangular shawl.
I create chart for corners and borders in this triangular shawl, using my computer designer skills.
I used traditional Orenburg lace elements for the shawl and border "teeth": Peas as the framework for the center medallion that contains the butterfly and Peas, Honeycomb, Heart, Diagonals, Strawberry, and Large Strawberry for the butterfly itself.
Artists of many cultures and time periods have depicted butterflies; they even appear in Egyptian hieroglyphs crafted 3,500 years ago. Writers and poets from around the world have found them worthy of mention. Over the centuries, butterflies have symbolized love, the soul, or rebirth. Many people believe that good luck will come when a butterfly lands on you.
I hope that this Russian Butterfly Shawl will bring you good luck while knitting and wearing it!
Note:Since chart for shawl too big to print on one page, it is shown in General view and divided into the following three portions: Part A, Part B and Part C.


20 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches (10.2 cm) in blocked garter and lace pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 69 inches (175.3cm) wide and 29 inches (73.7cm) tall


  • 100% cashmere yarn Lace Weight
  • 366 yards (334 m)/0.88 oz (25 gm) skein
  • 3 skeins
  • Or 1000+ yards of any lace weight yarn of your choice
  • Needles US size # 2 (3 mm) needles

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch holders
  • 2 Stitch markers in different colors
  • Tapestry needle
  • T- Pins
  • Flexible blocking wires for traditional blocking (optional)

Suggested yarn:

1000 yards of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:



About Designer

About Designer

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by RussianKnitting
Buffalo Grove, IL USA
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Inna Voltchkova was born and raised in Kiev, the oldest city in Eastern Europe.
A trip to Chicago in 1991 introduced her to the love of her life. She moved to the Chicago area.
For the past 20 years her passion has been lace knitting, especially Russian Lace.

A designer herself (she graduate of the Kiev National University of Technology and Design), Inna also specializes in converting ...

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