Flight Of The Wild Silk Moths by Denise Bell

Flight Of The Wild Silk Moths

Knitting
July 2013
Lace ?
blocked moth/butterfly approx.2.5" x 4.5"
US 4 - 3.5 mm
950 - 1000 yards (869 - 914 m)
one size, but adaptable in width and legth
This pattern is available for $6.00 USD
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This large rectangle shawl was designed using wild silk moths as a theme. Using a provisional cast on at the center, each half of this shawl mirrors the other as do the wings of most Lepidoptera . The lower border of each side reflects the tail or fringe typically seen on all moths and butterflies. Nupps and cables depict the outline of the wings, and a simple lace side edging provides space for the moths to take flight.

Wild silk moths belong in family Saturniidae, in the Lepidoptera order of insects. If you’d like to learn more about moths and butterflies we highly recommend buying field guides for your region or this website http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/

Common colors for wild silk moths are gold, green, pale pink and soft beige, all of which I dye versions of in Lost City Silk. If you prefer to think of the motif as a butterfly rather than a moth, the color options expand, and perhaps Oak Barn Merino Lace offers a hue you prefer.

Wild silk moths, although common yet seldom seen, have a very short lifespan. Once knitted, however, this shawl will provide years of wear and enjoyment.

Finished size is approximately 22” wide x 72” long.