Nymphalidea by Melinda VerMeer


September 2013
Light Fingering ?
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

The Nymphalidea pattern has been re-written (english version) with added information to help knitters create their one-of-a-kind shawl.
The pattern now incorporates both the original instructions published on Knitty in their Deep Fall 2013 issue, instructions for an updated shape popular by many knitters who have made their own version of Nymphalidea and tips on using color, making your own alterations and a step-by-step blocking photo tutorial.
The original free version of Nymphalidea will always be available on Knitty!