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butterlite
« on: May 18, 2006 09:47:40 AM »

Was wondering if anyone else would like to join me making the Butterfly Shawl from the new Knit 1.? There is a picture of it in the previews of the mag on the http://www.knit1mag.com/this/fashion/2006summer/frida.html it's  the top pic.

The pattern calls for Lion Crochet Cotton which is a size 10 mercerized crochet cotton. It's not widely available (only at Lionbrand web site)
so I bought Caron brand size 10 mercerized cotton crochet thread  in the 1000 yrd size which was on sale at my local Joanns for $3 a ball as opposed to the $5 a ball for 400 yards of the Lionbrand.

I've been working on the large butterflies, but just the butterflies, not the mesh to creat the square yet. It's really easy to memorize the butterlfies, I can make them without  looking at the pattern now.

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butterlite
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2006 10:03:54 PM »

I've finished all of the 21 large and 7 small butterflies. I've started the mesh on one small butterfly but realized that I need to have the large squares all finished and connected first. I have 3 of the b-flies meshed as of tonight...3 down, 19 to go....hahaha. It's going slow with the mesh  cuz I havn't worked with such a tiny hook since I was a kid. But so far I'm lovin getting back into crochet, and this is the perfect project for it also...I adore the shawl and Frida is one of my favorite artists to top it off.

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butterlite
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2006 06:19:08 PM »

Well I suppose this is my first crochet-alone... Cry hahaha jk I crochet alone all the time.

Here is a picture of the progress I have made so far. As you can see I've only finished the mesh on 6 of the squares. And I'm sure you notice that one butterfly is missing, well that particular one got drunk and tried to crochet it's self last week  Grin (that crazy butterfly.) Anyway, It's looking nice so far , don't you think?



by the way this is the first pic I've ever posted, I just finally figured it out, but if anyone can tell me how to post my pictures directly from flickr, that would be awsome.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2006 05:45:44 AM »

Normally I knit (hence the name) but when I picked up the new K.1 I knew I wanted that shawl.  I will check out my JoAnn's store on Monday for supplies so you won't be working alone.  Your work looks great.  Is the pattern too tough for a novice?
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butterlite
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2006 09:04:46 AM »

YAY  KWA I'm so excited this isn't a crochet-alone anymore  Grin

Oh , this is pretty easy..you can definitely do it...it's all basically single, double and triple crochet stitching with lots of chaining for the mesh. And , if you get lost or confused about anything, I'll walk you through it.
I decided to cro all the butterflies before taking on the mesh...and after making all the large ones, the small ones are  a breeze!
By the third butterfly I had it totally memorized.  I had to do the multi-color highlighter thing, cuz I always loose my place when reading the directions.
As of last night, I have 10 squares meshed...I'm so excited all I want to do is mesh mesh mesh.

I normally knit also, I learned to crochet when I was 6, but I taught myself to knit last winter and I usually get pretty absorbed in whatever I do, so it has been a long time since I've crocheted,but yeah when I saw the shawl, I immediately started researching yarn...


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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2006 09:12:52 AM »

this is absolutely beautiful....i can't wait to see the finished shawl. I wish i had time to make this.. maybe some time in the far future
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2006 05:26:13 PM »

butterlite, that took my breath away! It looks absolutely gorgeous so far!

Ack, I have to get this mag... but I can't until payday.  Embarrassed

thanks for posting the info about hook size and yarn amount, that helps alot. I think this is actually going to be quite cheap to make! I am a knitter normally too, but i am totally inspired by your progress butter!!!

Great job!  Grin

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butterlite
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2006 12:14:55 AM »

You are too wonderful Emms!!

Here is another progress shot...I've been jamming on the mesh, finished the large butterfly squares, and started the mesh joining rounds...I was a bit confused by the directions for the joining rounds, so i just started with the bottom square and have been zig zigging to add them...always starting with the right side, ending on the Left... this is a crappy shot but...for all intents and purposes, it will do.



more progress shots tomarrow!
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butterlite
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2006 07:43:30 PM »

I'm fringing ...    Grin

I should be done within the hour...I'll take some pre block pics to show off.
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2006 08:28:04 PM »

I FINISHED  Grin Grin
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2006 12:11:37 AM »

Wow! I am going to the store tommrow to get that magazine.

WOW! It looks really great! You must be really proud.
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spacecase71
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2006 06:41:06 PM »

butterlite:

Thanks for asking me to join the crochetalong and thanks for being so helpful with my questions. As soon as I get a decent square from the yarn I've decided to use, I'll have to order some in the right color (I want to do white) so I don't know when I'll be able to really get started. I love this shawl: it is so beautiful. As soon as I opened the magazine I saw it and I WANTED it  ;)What luck to find this crochetalong.

Thanks again!
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butterlite
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2006 07:44:43 PM »

Anytime spacecase!! What yarn are you using?
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2006 02:38:23 PM »

The info I had suggested that the elusive Lion Crochet Cotton was almost as heavy as fingering (sock) yarn, which would make 4 strands held together about a worsted weight. So I got the idea to use Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece for the butterflies and Cotton Fine for the mesh. I had some various bits of both around the place so that is what I'm working my swatch with. I need to get my swatch finished, though, so I can pull it apart and measure it to know how much of each to buy. Since this method was such a departure from how the sample was made, I couldn't think of any other way to know for sure.

I'm still having trouble figuring how to wrap the thread around the butterfly neck (that sounds kind of mean, doesn't it?) so that it looks halfway decent. Got any tips?
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butterlite
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2006 05:22:00 PM »

How I did it was with the head facing to the right and the active loop on top, I wraped the string towards me and then to the back... just pull it real tight so that it creats a neck.


I used caron brand, grandma's best(1000 yrd balls)..The Lion crochet cotton is a size 10 crochet cotton(mercerized 100% cotton) it's a standard size, I experimented with some lily brand sugar n cream (a worsted weight)cotton for 6 of the large butterflies... they came out slightly bigger than the one's using 4 strands of crochet cotton, I understand why they called for the mercerized cotton, especially  for the mesh, it has to do with the drape of the fabric...I didn't do a swatch. This isn't a fitted garment, so I didn't bother...I figured if I'm off by a fraction of an inch on the squares big deal(I was real close in the end, but I didn't figure that out untill I started on the mesh, I made ALL of the butterflies, large and small before I even attempted the mesh)..

Lemme know how your swatch comes out.
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spacecase71
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2006 06:23:15 PM »

Finally finished swatch



I am very pleased with it. To compare, I also started a sample using some size 10 bedspread weight, but I didn't finish it. I'm satisfied with the Cotton Fleece, although I really liked the sheen of the mercerized cotton. My gauge is good, so I don't think the substitution of yarns is going to be a problem. I'm not excited that I have to order yarn, because I'm anxious to get started!

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« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2006 11:40:47 PM »

That looks great spacecase71! I might copy you and use those yarns too!

Emms Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2006 12:40:26 PM »

That looks Amazing Spacecase!!! I love the multi-colored effect!!! Just gorgeous! Your sub yarns are aresome!! And look at that beautiful butterfly neck you did...Easy after you get the hang of it isn't it?
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spacecase71
« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2006 01:32:46 PM »

Thanks guys!

Seriously, butterlite, I could NOT have done it without you. It was easy after I got the hang of it; after you explained I was hitting my head Du-oh! style, but, until then, I was having a complete brain block with this pattern. Don't know why, just one of those things.....

Since I first saw the sample shawl in the magazine, I've had my heart set on one in the traditional white. While I was working this, though, and seeing how pretty the colors came together, I started thinking maybe I need two shawls! I couldn't make one out of these colors, though. I think I mentioned that I used random stash pieces for this swatch. The butterfly is Wild Orange but the mesh is Chamois, which Brown Sheep doesn't make anymore, and I don't have enough for a whole shawl.

I think there are a lot of color possibilities for this pattern. One could make all the butterflies different colors, for instance, and do the mesh in green or blue or tan. Or you could mix it up within the butterfly, with the four strands held together by using four shades of the same color or four different colors or for one or more strands use variegated thread or metallic thread. When I was first thinking about what yarn to use, I thought about using both white and natural bedspread cotton. That could be interesting.

Right now, though, I'm still going with the white. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2006 03:08:57 PM »

I ordered my yarn today! I debated a long time (all weekend) over the "white" versus the "antique white" and finally decided the antique was more what I had in mind for the project. Of course, when I called, they told me it was backordered. Only for two weeks, though. That's the Cotten Fleece that is backordered. The Cotton Fine will be sent right out. Which doesn't help so much....
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« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2006 09:55:18 PM »

I just picked up the issue tonight, and noticed this thread. I'm pretty new at crochet, but my mom's been doing it for most of her life, so if I get stuck I'll have her walk me through it. Anyway, I'd love to participate in this one =D Ill go get me thread and needle as soon as I get more cash. I'm excited. My first pure crochet project!
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« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2006 10:27:53 PM »

I still haven't had the moola to get the crochet thread for this... but mark my words (my momma's fave expression) I will soon!

Emms  Grin
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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2006 08:03:43 AM »

I'm in! I have a question. How much of the yarn called for is needed for the butterflies, and how much for the mesh? How much fingering weight yarn will I need, and how much worsted? I'm trying to figure out if I have anything that will work, or if I am going to have to wait until I can buy yarn.
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« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2006 03:30:20 PM »

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.  Undecided

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.

First wing
Ch 7, sc to top of st at row 1 of body...(Same st as base of ch 7). 
Second wing
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!
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« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2006 11:34:18 AM »

Sorry for the superlong post.

Don't apologize! That was a really helpful post! Thank You!!! Grin

Emms
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« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2006 10:31:02 PM »

You know....I'm pretty pissed at how long it took them to post corrections. I emailed them 2x a month ago, and only received the email with the corrections in it today(no other word. just today!)! I hate my shawl now and want to toss it in the trash! I spent SO much time on it and feel like I was the "Guinea pig" test crocheter! Who want's it? cuz I'm about to rip it to shreds and toss it in the trash!



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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2006 10:36:55 PM »

cuz I'm about to rip it to shreds and toss it in the trash!

Its gorgeous butterlite, why would you want to do that Huh

You inspired so many others to make this pattern with your shawl! Don't toss it! It looks fine to me!

Emms Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2006 10:56:17 PM »

hey there.  i started making this shawl a couple weeks ago i think and i just saw this thread.  i understand about the mistakes in the pattern; i was so confused!  thankfully i hadn't gotten too far in when i realized that the final round in *some* of the squares are the joining round.  i had to rip out the last round of a couple of them to fix mine.  if it helps...

1.  do the mesh for 12 of the square butterflies then lay them out with the others so it makes sort of a checkerboard pattern (i dunno if that makes sense, think of the meshed ones as the 'white squares' and the un-meshed ones as the black)

2.  then start doing the mesh for the other ones and the final rounds for these will join to the squares (or triangles) adjacent to them.

good luck everyone!  i'm not finished yet, but so far i think the work has been worth it.   Grin
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« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2006 03:43:03 PM »

I'm about to rip it to shreds and toss it in the trash!





DON'T DO IT!

Your shawl is gorgeous; for real.
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« Reply #29 on: June 26, 2006 09:05:11 AM »

You know....I'm pretty pissed at how long it took them to post corrections. I emailed them 2x a month ago, and only received the email with the corrections in it today(no other word. just today!)! I hate my shawl now and want to toss it in the trash! I spent SO much time on it and feel like I was the "Guinea pig" test crocheter! Who want's it? cuz I'm about to rip it to shreds and toss it in the trash!


While I understand your frustation with not getting the corrections in a timely manner, your shawl is beautiful and it would be a shame to destroy it in a fit of anger.   Your shawl is the reason I decided to buy the  mag and make it at some future date, and I imagine many others feel the same.  It's still stunning and it's still handmade by you.  I think you should keep it.   
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« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2006 08:29:06 AM »

whatever you do,  don't shred it!  YOUR WORK IS BEAUTIFUL, I'M JEALOUS!
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« Reply #31 on: July 20, 2006 08:47:28 AM »

 Is this issue of Knit 1 still available?HuhHuhHuh? if not, were can I get the pattern for this shawl, I am dieing to do it and I am having problems with finding the magazine issue.. thank you..
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« Reply #32 on: July 20, 2006 10:17:34 AM »

Is this issue of Knit 1 still available?HuhHuhHuh? if not, were can I get the pattern for this shawl, I am dieing to do it and I am having problems with finding the magazine issue.. thank you..

Yaup! It's the new issue, so it's still out there.
You could probably order it from them directly www.knit1mag.com but it should be at a local yarn shop. . . do you have a barnes and noble near by? or a borders?
They should have it
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« Reply #33 on: July 20, 2006 03:21:19 PM »

Hobby Lobby and Michael's also sell it. I believe Wal-mart does, too... I know I have seen it at our local store.
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« Reply #34 on: July 21, 2006 03:28:06 PM »

Well I bought my issue of Knit1 today at wal-mart...ya.. I really love this magazine and think I will buy the subcription to it, alot of really nice articals in the piece. thank you everyone that helped me out with finding this... Robin.
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« Reply #35 on: July 21, 2006 04:32:32 PM »

Well I bought my issue of Knit1 today at wal-mart...ya.. I really love this magazine and think I will buy the subcription to it, alot of really nice articals in the piece. thank you everyone that helped me out with finding this... Robin.

Are you going to make the Butterfly Shawl? I still haven't started although I have all the yarn. Too many things calling for my attention. I want to get started soon, though.
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« Reply #36 on: August 07, 2006 09:12:15 AM »

I had planned on making this shaw but I can not decided of what yarn to use and what colors..lol... and the cost of yarn is really going up so I need to make a choice soon.. Have you started yours yet? Robin
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