Posted on January 8, 2015 at 11:28 pm

I’m a little crazy about the butterfly tessellation I made for the Folly Cove collection. I was inspired by a textile printed by Elizabeth Iarrobino that looks like this:


The Folly Cove Designers organized their print repeats in the six basic ways Virginia Lee Burton taught them: in stripes, in a progression, as circles, triangles, or squares, and finally as an all-over pattern. Butterflies, by Elizabeth Iarrobino, is characteristic of an all-over Folly Cove pattern; each repeat fits neatly into the spaces of its neighboring repeat. I was smitten not only with the charming subject matter but also with the strong diagonals, and knew this was the trick to rendering an effective knit interpretation. Of all the inspirations that informed the patterns in the book, this is the most recognizable from its source. I used this pattern twice in the collection, once as an all over repeat (like the original) in the stranded cowl


and again as a stripe (heeding the lesson, VLB) in the Iarrobino Butterfly Vest


As much as I love both garments, I didn’t feel like I was finished yet. So I kept going.

I took December to knit myself a sweater. It’s been over a year and a half since I’ve had the chance, and wouldn’t you know it, it had to have butterflies. I documented the process in my Instagram feed, and if you follow me there you’ve likely seen this picture already, but here it is, with an unfinished shawl collar and needing a slight blocking.


The beige and the grey yarns are Classic Elite’s Mohawk, and the blue is their delicious Fresco. I highly recommend both yarns for their friendliness and beautiful colors. Mohawk, a 100% American wool, only comes in sheepy shades, but Fresco, as you might know, comes in the whole turbo-charged crayon box.

I’m likely to live in this for the rest of the winter. Unless I figure out a way to knit those butterflies into a circular yoked cardigan (which you know I will).