Nymphalidea by Melinda VerMeer
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Nymphalidea

Knitting
September 2013
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
450 - 500 yards (411 - 457 m)
60" wide x 15" deep
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Nymphalidea is named for one of the largest families of butterflies, with varieties found in every corner of the world. With the mesh edging and solid welts separating each wedge, it reminds me of delicate veined butterfly wings.
It was designed for use with long gradient self-striping yarns paired up with a contrasting solid or semi-solid, so each wedge becomes individual of those before and after and unique like the wings of a butterfly. Because this is cast on with few stitches and expands, it easily can be adapted to alternate weight yarns or be made smaller or larger to suit the individual knitter.

As written, the knitter will use approximately half each of a skein of Malabrigo Sock and a ball of Zauberball.

With all the fantastic color combinations, make sure to share yours in the Nymphalidea thread

A new supplementary PDF has been added to give instructions on alterations to the original pattern instructions and a blocking photo how-to. Click the Ravelry Download link above and choose “Nymphalidea Extras” to download