Nymphalidea is a beautiful shawl designed by Melinda Vermeer. It 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 is reminiscent 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 designer had use approximately half each of a skein of Malabrigo Sock and a ball of Zauberball. We are going to change it up a bit; our kit includes one skein of a charcoal black fingering weight yarn by Knitologie and one ball of Zauberball (colorway varies) to provide for a beautiful contrasting pattern.
Download the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nymphalidea