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« on: March 23, 2006 06:11:50 AM »

I'm planning a lace stole for someone who is a huge butterfly fan, and I'd like to put a big border on each end with a lace pattern that looks like butterflies.  I've googled and searched and such for butterfly lace, but the only reference I've found is for the lace stitch that includes just 4-6 yo's in little clusters and kind of looks like a butterfly but not really.  I was thinking of something much larger and more of a "hey, that's obviously a butterfly!" sort of a thing. 

has anybody ever seen a lace pattern that looks like this?  if i could find a picture i bet i could experiment and work from that (and post the pattern i come up with here, promise, once it's a stole!) but so far no luck.  argh.


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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2006 07:15:33 AM »

that is a good question, alas I cant answer it but if you do find some will you let s know Wink

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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2006 08:49:46 AM »

Good luck. I've been wanting to find a cable that actually looks like a butterfly, and so far, nadda. I've seen one knitter's site who had one that was lovely, but when I emailed her asking about where she found it, I never got a reply. Sad

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2006 09:03:37 AM »

I found these links ~ they are crochet, but I'll put them up anyway in case you know how, or they inspire an adaptation idea. (if you do crochet, filet isn't hard to learn, btw)

Hope someone finds something for lace knitting, though, it would be gorgeous.

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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2006 09:37:52 AM »

the only thing I've seen is crochet.  my Mother does a modified pineapple patter (five in a circle for a doily) drops one (for the head area) and does two smaller (for the back wings).  Maybe something like that would work for knitting?


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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2006 10:29:29 AM »

Here is an awesome butterfly cable picture, sadly no pattern, but maybe someone can figure it out: http://www.ronfstop.com/Barbara/photogallery/pages/cablefly.htm

This one would be cool if there were some way to seperate the butterfly wings that the corners so that you could more distinguish that they were butterflies: http://knitting.about.com/library/blcloth10.htm


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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2006 10:57:29 AM »

That cable butterfly is amazing!
Came across this, it's not a free pattern, but the shapes in the yellow sock are cute:

« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2006 11:47:54 AM »

This pattern is a bit butterfly like.  Possibly you could adapt it a little to make a border of big butterflies.

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2006 12:10:42 PM »

I think there are a couple different butterfly patterns in my mon tricot.  I'll look for you when I get home.

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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2006 12:27:19 PM »

The crochet patterns are really great -- the shape charts might come in handy (I really do want to learn filet crochet).  But I do think I might be able to adapt something for knitting from the Branching Out pattern from knitty...  hmm.

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