Many knitters asked me to design a roomy, bat-winged jacket with diagonal motifs similar to those of La Mariposa, so I came up with this one-size-fits-most design in the Not Just Plain Jane style. True to its name, La Mariposa begins as an unlikely combination of pieces, and evolves from its cocoon in your hands into a majestic butterfly! Like its daintier cousin, La Mariposa, this jacket employs the techniques of diagonal knitting and mitering.
La Mariposa is challenging and fun to knit, and works up quickly in chunky weight yarn in a gauge of 4 sts = 1” on a size 8 needle.
Directions are written stitch-by-stitch, row-by-row, in multicolor. If you prefer a solid jacket, simply ignore the underscored portions of rows, and replace with italicized portions at the end of those rows.
Change your gauge with yarn and needle size if you like, but please do not mess with the math!
Here is what you will need:
355 yds. multi
275 yds. purple
250 yds. multi
300 yds. eggplant
100 yds. sage
350 yds. chenille
700 yds seafoam
500 yds sparkly
150 yds. bumpy
1700 yds chunky or heavier worsted yarn
29” and 60” circular and straight needles size 8
spare circulars to temporarily hold pieces of knitting
crochet hook: size H
36 medium-size bobbins
large-eyed blunt needle to run in all those &$$+@!!! ENDS
patience, determination, positive attitude (you can do this!!)