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. 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!

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

  3. 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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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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