butterfly by Emily Connell


September 2018
Light Fingering ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
785 - 800 yards (718 - 732 m)
one size: approx. 58" wingspan x 26" spine depth
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the very first release of the amplify collection!

this shawl is part of the amplify collection, which features 7 shawl patterns all ‘inspired’ by 7 different songs. amplify is a collection of 7 shawls, ranging from triangles to rectangles to half-pi and asymmetric shapes. different yarns, textures, colors, and inspiration for each…

and by inspired, I mean a more literal inspiration!

I have something called chromesthesia, which is a type of synesthesia that combines sounds and colors. It’s kind of like watching a movie while listening to music.

this collection is my first exploration into how this ability works for me, and it is an experiment in exercising a creative approach to translating colors and textures I see when I hear music into something knit-able.

this shawl is my interpretation of Jason Mraz’s song, “Butterfly.” It’s one of my favorites of his, and I chose it in part for the bright colors and in part for the lightness I see in the music. (If you aren’t familiar with this song, go check it out! But do note that the lyrics are quite suggestive.)

combining garter stitch with lace, textured stitches, and stripes, this makes for a unique knit and gorgeous shawl for any season. choose bright colors, muted colors, 3 colors or 5… so many options for customizing this shawl!

Michele of REPUBLIC of WOOL curated the colors in my sample specifically to match my vision of this pattern (and song!), and they make such a beautiful and striking combination. Choose the same ones I did for a vibrant version of this shawl, or choose a more muted color palette instead.

the nitty-gritty:

Yardage requirements:
REPUBLIC of WOOL Flossy Fingering
Color A: Ash, 250 yds/229m
Color B: Banana Rama, 220 yds/201m
Color C: Berry Jam, 80 yds/73m
Color D: Envy, 110 yds/101m
Color E: True Blue, 125 yds/114m

Size 3/3.25mm needles: 24”/60cm circular needle
Size 4/3.5mm needles: 24”/60cm circular needle

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
4 st markers

Want to hear more about how I designed this shawl? Purchase the Amplify ebook for my full commentary for this pattern and each of the other 6 in the collection!