From the legends of the Ojibwe people, this beautiful Butterfly Dreamcatcher shawl, is representative of the dreamcatcher tradition. Created with love, to watch over a friend and remove any bad feelings, allowing only the good to enter her life. This shawl is like a warm and nurturing hug, there when you need it most, when the struggle seems too much, and you just need something positive to focus on.
While this shawl started out as a project for my store, it quickly changed into something I decided to give to a friend of mine who has been struggling for a few months now. It has not been an easy road for her, but she’s traveling it with such courage that I thought this would be a nice surprise, to give her encouragement when she’s down, and to let her know that she has people who care. The whole time I was knitting this shawl, I kept thinking that it would be something she’d enjoy. That the colors are perfect for her. Funny how projects speak to us like that. This shawl doesn’t want to go to my store. This shawl wants to go to Laura, if she’ll have it.
Notes on Project
I’ve several thoughts on the Butterfly Dreamcatcher Shawl pattern itself. It’s complicated. It’s time-consuming. It’s a challenge. Yes. It is all of that and more, but OMGosh does it ever come out amazingly beautiful. Even if I began with the right amount of yarn and didn’t try to mix two colors, it would have been complicated. Leave it to me to complicate it even more. I ended 10 rows short of the finished large size. Modified the pattern to work with the two color yarns, and crocheted a finished edge to give the selvage more structure and I’m very pleased with the results. If I make this pattern again, I know now what I’d need to change, but I doubt it will be that often because of how challenging it was to knit.
The yarn was an unusual mix of Merino and Tencel© which I’d never used before and while I like the look and feel of the completed project, the actual knitting with this yarn was challenging. To put it mildly, it was way to splitty for me to ever buy again, even if the colors were beautiful and end product is soft and gorgeous. I’ll stick to my BFL and silk, or Merino and silk, or even VFA’s Lux Tencel. I’m such a yarn snob these days.
Color: Aquas and lavenders
Size: One size (S – XL), Measures 64″ wide by 28″ long.
Material: 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Tencel® yarn
Gently hand wash – Lay flat or dry clean.
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This shawl is not for sale. 🙂
*Special thanks to Lily Go (Butterfly Dreamcatcher Shawl) for creating such a beautiful pattern and to Moonlight Yarns for dyeing such beautiful yarn.