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Russian Triangular Butterfly Shawl


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit knit 2 together yarn over knit 3 together GAUGE 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 SUGGESTED YARN 1000 yards of Lace weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN COLORWAY natural

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  • 100% cashmere yarn Lace Weight
  • 3 skeins
  • 366 yards (334 m)/0.88 oz (25 gm) skein

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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. She started knitting when she was ten years old; for the past 30+ years her passion has been lace knitting, especially: Russian Style Lace, Estonian Haapsalu, and Shetland Lace. The folklore theme is a common motif in Inna’s lace design, a well-thought out use of Orenburg knitting traditions with modern lace create interesting designs with bright ethnic character. Winner of the TKGA Design Contest in 2010, Inna's beautiful lace designs have been featured frequently in the pages of Piecework, Knitting Traditions magazines and Twist Collective. Inna also teaches Russian Orenburg Style Lace knitting classes and workshops.