It took me a long time to decide how much worsted and how much fingering to buy. I even took apart the orange and yellow butterfly and measured the yardage I used for each part (24 yards for the butterfly and 26 yards for mesh) but I got stuck on the fringe. I COULD NOT figure out how to take into account the fringe.
Another thing I thought about doing was just taking the total yardage needed (4800) and dividing it by 4, on the principle that part of the time it is used with 4 strands held together (that makes 1200,) and then just ordering 1200 yards of both. I wasn't sure if that would work, either.
I ended up, more less at random, just ordering 6 skeins of Cotton Fleece and 1 cone of Cotton Fine. (I planned to use both in the fringe.)
But then they came yesterday and I didn't like the color so I sent them back today.
And then, rather than reorder and wait some more time, I went to Wal-Mart after work and bought Aunt Lydia's #10 bedspread cotton.
Also today, I got a note back from Soho publishing explaining to me what Butterlite explained to me loooooong ago (I wrote them both on the same day) about my misunderstanding the pattern, and Lisa, after kindly telling me the same thing Butterlite told me, mention that there is some errata for this pattern posted at the Knit.1 website now. She sent it along and here it is:
Knit1 Summer '06
#10 butterfly shawl photos on pages 42 & 43, instructions begin on page 83
1.Yarn color listed is incorrect. Correct color is #124 ecru.
2. The large butterfly instructions are correct as written. All but 2 butterflies in the original shawl have ONE tr coming from the head. Unfortunately, those 2 butterflies with TWO tr are shown in the photo. The designer's instructions are written for ONE tr.
3. The small butterfly instructions are incorrect, see correction below.
Triangle Butterfly Motif (Make 7)
Butterfly body, Head, Neck Shaping and first wing are correct.
Ch 7, sc to top of st at row 1 of body...(Same st as base of ch 7).
Pull up a long loop, sl st in top of st at top of Row 3 on 2nd side of body. Ch 7, sc to top of st at Row 1 on edge of body. Rep rows 1, 2, and 3 ending Row 3 with sl st to top of st at Row 1 on edge of body. (Same st as base of ch 7). Fasten off. DO NOT pull up a long loop as with first wing.
Sorry for the superlong post. Will return with photos soon!