Summer Butterflies and Dreamy Lace

Monarch By Paulina P in Eden Cottage Theseus Lace. Loop, London.

Delicate and airy, Monarch Butterfly is a shawl perfect for summer. Light to knit and wear, this new Paulina P design shows off the soft glow of the silky Theseus Lace. Team this with the fantastic new blocking spray Flatter and you have your next holiday accessory (or project) ready to go.

Monarch by Paulina P and Eden Cottage Theseus Lace in Driftwood.Loop, London.

The gossamer like stitches create a butterfly lace motif that frame the edge of this crescent shaped shawl. Knit sideways, the clever design means you can use up every scrap of yarn by weighing what you have and when you have half a skein left then you have the first half of your shawl! Of course, always leave a few extra grams just in case. The pattern lends itself to beading to give some sparkle and weight, but we think it would be just as pretty without.

Monarch By Paulina P in Eden Cottage Theseus Lace. Loop, London - visit us at -

The distinct colours of Eden Cottages’ Titus 4ply and Bowland DK have already been admired by many of you on our shelves and now we have the gorgeous Theseus Lace to swoon over. A base of 25% silk with 75% merino that has been superwash treated means a yarn that is smooth and soft with a subtle sheen. One skein is enough to make this beautiful shawl, shown here in the colour Driftwood. However, as butterflies come in a myriad of shades, what colour will your butterfly be?

L-R Harvest Gold and Coppice.

L-R Harvest Gold and Coppice.

L-R Hazel and Ice

L-R Hazel and Ice

L-R Clematis and Fuchsia

L-R Clematis and Fuchsia

L-R Oak and Black Magic Rose

L-R Oak and Black Magic Rose

Steel (unwound skein), Charcoal (top) and Coal (below)

Steel (unwound skein), Charcoal (top) and Coal (below)

Lacey knits such as Monarch need blocking to show the beauty of such a delicate pattern, but sometimes you might not want to wet and soak something so fine. Flatter by Soak is a new blocking spray, like starch but not as stiff to give subtle definition and shape to your knits. Simply spray a fine mist over your shawl and then pin as you normally would and leave to dry. Flatter is made from plant derived and renewable ingredients, therefore lessening the impact on the environment and leaving no nasty residue on precious knits.

Image courtesy of Soak.

Image courtesy of Soak.

Intrigued at how Flatter could revolutionise your blocking? Well you could be the lucky reader who wins a bottle in the scent of your choice. We have the classic unscented, yummy fig and citrus-y Yuzu. Simply leave a comment letting us know which one would you like and we will draw a name out of the hat next week. This competition closes on Wednesday 23rd July at midnight.

Good luck and Happy knitting!


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50 comments on “Summer Butterflies and Dreamy Lace
  1. Anne Marie says:

    Ooh. I’d love to try this. Fig sounds interesting.

  2. Merry Fenton says:

    I’d go for the citrus one – Yuzu.

  3. Kirsten says:

    I should very much like to try this. My choice would be the classic scentless one.

  4. Andrea B says:

    I’d want to try Yuzu.

  5. Dorota DF says:

    what a gr8 idea
    I love figs :) I’d love the fig one please

  6. Sarah says:

    Ooh, I’ve heard so much praise for the yummy Fig that it would have to be that, please! Can’t wait to try it, win or not!

  7. Amy says:

    Ooh I would love to try the classic one, and congratulations!

  8. Malin says:

    I’d like to try Yuzu please.

  9. Nathalie says:

    Citrus fresh yuzu fingers crossed

  10. Nathalie says:

    citrus fresh yuzu, fingers crossed

  11. sandra mathieux says:

    Unscented for me.

  12. Lynn says:

    Citrus-y Yuzu sounds delightful! I’d love to try that along with this gorgeous lace shawl.

  13. Angela says:

    I would like to try the unscented.

  14. Dodie Smith says:

    Would love the citrusy one– yuzu!, thanx

  15. Celebration for me please. Love the colour and Ican press the shawl for my daughter in law to be!

  16. Celebration for me please. Love the colour and I would love to knit the butterfly shawl

  17. Citrus-y Yuzu please -refreshing in this beautiful sunny weather!

  18. Sarah says:

    Lovely pattern. I’d like to try out Yup please

  19. Tracy says:

    Looks fantastic – I’d love to try the fig.

  20. Sue Collins says:

    Oh I would love to try the classic scentless

  21. Sylvia says:

    Fig or celebration! Love the celebrate name!

  22. charlotte says:

    beautiful pattern . I would love to try the Yuzu scent

  23. i would love to try fig when i finally finish my Swoon card.

  24. Sally Fox says:

    I’d love to try the fig – I’m near to finishing a shawl, so this would be perfect!

  25. Rowan Watts says:

    Yuzu sounds just perfect for summer blocking. Yes please.

  26. Andre says:

    The smell of figs would be quite wonderful. It is a beautiful shawl.
    Congratulations is called for on winning a coveted title…

  27. Mit says:

    Fig for me! Subtle and warm. Perfect.

  28. Bordergirl says:

    Scentless for me please. I’ve been admiring Paula’s Butterfly. Knitting with lace weight yarn is sooo intimidating for me. But the Monarch Butterfly shawl would be worth the plunge. I live in Pacific Grove, California – where over 25,000 Monarch Butterflies winter every year. Pacific Grove is nicknamed “Butterfly Town, U.S.A.” I think this was meant to be.

    Cheers from across the pond,

    Bordergirl on Ravelry

  29. Elaine says:

    I would love the citrus-y yuzu it sounds delicious

  30. Nyree Dawn Dowell says:

    I’d love to try fig! Huge soak fan but the Flatter would be ideal for the shawl I’m currently knitting.

  31. Jules says:

    Would love to try fig. What a gorgeous shawl!

  32. Imabizzybee says:

    This is stunning, and I can’t imagine what a blocking spray would be like. I’d love to try fig.

  33. Angie Ross says:

    I would absolutely love to try out the fig!

  34. RENE WALKIN says:

    I would love to have Yuzu-the smell of citrus is so invigorating! What a brilliant idea.

  35. Rhoda says:

    Scentless, I think, a good yarn has a yummy smell of its own! Sounds like a useful product.

  36. Susan says:

    I love the sound of Fig – sounds warm so should go with the shawl. Tk you

  37. Estela says:

    nice giveway! the yarn looks so soft and cloudy!

  38. Allison says:

    Fig please. Hate seeing the shawl pegged up like that!!

  39. Fiona says:

    What a great idea. I love the smell of Fig in perfumes and scented candles so I would plump for this scent.

  40. Sarah young says:

    I have just ordered shawl pattern & yarn- looking forward to knitting it so citrus spray will be very welcome !

  41. Anne says:

    I love fig.The patern is also beautiful ..May be a french girl could win..I hope so

  42. Linda Rumsey says:

    What a great idea! I’d love to try the citrus-y Yuzu please.

  43. Jan says:

    Oooh fig would be lovely, warm and comforting, like this gorgeous shawl.

  44. Pam Muir says:

    Yuzu for me. What a brilliant idea – I just hate blocking so anything to make the task quicker would be worth a try!

  45. Johanna says:

    Yuzu would be great to try!

  46. Karen says:

    Fig sounds wonderful as is the shawl!!

  47. So excited to start knitting the Monarch Butterfly shawl and just placed my order on Loops online shop for the Eden Cottage Theseus in Ice! Looking forward to it arriving from across the pond! Currently knitting another one of Paulina P’s patterns – Josephine, which is just as stunning!! Love these patterns!

    They will definitely need some SOAK Flatter for blocking, so I’m tossing my scent of choice into the hat! Fig sounds yummy!! Good luck, everyone… and happy knitting!! xox

  48. valerie says:

    inodore me plairait bien…. Il faut que je termine mon schawl rapidement !!!

  49. Janet Chappell says:

    Yuzu would be great to try. Thanks for the opportunity!

  50. Sue says:

    Congratulations on winning and the best of luck in the national vote! If I win, I should like the un-scented Flatter please.

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