A few weeks ago I posted about a pattern that I was excited to try. After a few hiccups with some unexpected color pooling I was able to finish this wrap and I’m so happy with how it came out!
The Dancing Butterflies Wrap was a nice repeat lace pattern using a variation of a shell/fan stitch which is one of my favorite stitch patterns. The instructions were clear and easy to read. I was a little confused (just for a minute) about how the rows end. For shell style stitches I was used to ending/starting rows with half shells. This pattern used a different row end and though I was skeptical it ended up working out fine.
This is a rectangle shawl that works well with most yarn choices. I had posted previously about how using a variegated yarn I ended up with a color pattern that just didn’t work. Some minor pattern tweaking corrected that. The detail in the stitches would work great with solid colors as well as variegated and self striping yarns.
I used a lighter weight yarn than what the pattern was designed for. I wanted a flowing/wispy shawl that a bulky weight yarn doesn’t really create.
I can’t go into too much detail about the pattern since it is a paid pattern published on Ravelry. I will tell you the minor changes I made to the pattern for the lighter weight yarn.
- I made the wrap longer and wider than the original pattern specifications
- I replaced all DC stitches with TRC and SC stitches with HDC
The lacy shell pattern was getting a little lost with the lighter weight yarn so I just made the stitches taller. This created the light and airy effect I was going for.
I am in the process of making another Dancing Butterflies Wrap with bulky weight yarn and following the pattern as written. The wrap builds up pretty quick, but because it is a little heavier it may end up being set aside in my WIP pile until the weather is a little cooler.
My overall opinion of the pattern – it’s a lovely variation of shell/fan stitch which is one of my favorite stitch patterns. The repeat pattern is easy enough to be classified as a project that can be done while watching TV or having a conversation, but it is involved enough that I didn’t become bored with it after a few rows. As I had previously mentioned the row ends were not what I expected but it worked fine and was much easier than doing half shells. I will be tucking that into my mental crochet technique library for future shell/fan designs that I do.
This is a very pretty design that can be easily modified to create a custom wrap for any occasion. I could see this being a lovely shawl for a bride to wear, or as a fun accessory for an evening out, or a smart stylish wrap for work. Very versatile pattern.
Thanks for reading!
***** This is the wrap that I donated as a sponsor for Kelleysdiy blog anniversary giveaway prize! *****
Here are some photos from the original pattern available on Ravelry – Dancing Butterflies Wrap designed by Erica Thomas.