Fritillary

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Fritillary Shawl by Aparna Rolfe

by Aparna Rolfe

Model: Aparna Rolfe
Photos: Alex and Aparna Rolfe

Difficulty: Intermediate

The Pearl-bordered Fritillary is a butterfly whose orange wings are adorned with black spots and rows of pearly markings along the edges. The delicate lace and iridescent beads of this triangular shawl capture the spirit of a Fritillary butterfly’s wingspread. As fall sets in, carry this reminder of summer on your shoulders for a bit of warmth on chilly evenings.


Size: One size (adjustable)

Finished Measurements: 56″ x 29″ inches as shown.

Materials:

  • Filatura Di Crosa Nirvana [100% Extrafine merino; 372yd/340m per 25g skein]; color: 27; 3 skeins
  • E/4 3.50 mm hook
  • Beads: 8/0 Czech Dark Bronze 6 Strands Seed Beads; 9 16″ strands or 2067 8/0 beads to match yarn
  • Beading wire or crochet hook to place beads on yarn
  • Needle to weave in ends

Gauge: First 11 rows are 6″ x 3″ after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project.

Fritillary Shawl by Aparna Rolfe

Special Stitches
Place Bead (pb): remove loop currently on hook, place bead onto loop, replace on hook.

V: (dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated st.

Fan: 3 dc in indicated ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp.

Superfan: 4 dc in indicated ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, 4 dc in next ch-1 sp.

Beaded Picot (bpct): (pb&sc, ch 1, pb&ch 1, ch 1, pb&sc) in indicated sp.

Shell (sh): dc 9 times in indicated st.

2 dc cluster (cl2): (yo, pull up loop through indicated stitch, yo and pull through 2 of the loops on the hook) twice, yo and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

3 dc cluster (cl3): (yo, pull up loop through indicated stitch, yo and pull through 2 of the loops on the hook) 3 times, yo and pull through all 4 loops on the hook.

Double Shell (dsh): [cl2 in next dc] 9 times.

Triple Shell (tsh): cl3 in next dc, [pb, cl3 in next dc] 3 times, cl3 in next dc, [pb, cl3 in next dc] 3 times, cl3 in next dc.

Expanded Triple Shell (etsh): cl3 in next dc, [ch1, pb, cl3 in next dc] 3 times, ch1, cl3 in next dc, [ch1, pb, cl3 in next dc] 3 times, ch1, cl3 in next dc.

Full Triple Shell (ftsh): pb, cl3 in next dc, [ch1, pb, cl3 in next dc] 8 times.

Directions:

Setup: Ch 4, turn.

Row 1: In 4th ch from hook, [dc, ch 1, V] twice. Dc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout). [Dc in next dc, make fan starting in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc] twice. Dc in last dc, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in same dc. [Sc in next dc, ch 3, sk 2 dc, (sc in next dc) three times, ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc] twice. Sc in last dc, turn.

Row 4: Ch 3. [V in next sc, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next(middle) sc, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, V in next sc] twice. Dc in last sc, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3. [Dc in next dc, make fan starting in next ch-1 sp, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, sk next sc, make fan starting in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc] twice. Dc in last dc, turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in same dc. [Sc in next dc, ch 3, sk 2 dc, (sc in next dc) three times, ch 4, sk 2 dc and next sc, bpct in next ch-3 sp, ch 4, sk next sc and 2 dc, (sc in next dc) three times, ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc] twice. Sc in last dc, turn.

Row 7: Ch 3. [V in next sc, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next(middle) sc, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, sk bpct, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next(middle) sc, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, V in next sc] twice. Dc in last sc, turn.

Row 8: Ch 3. [Dc in next dc, make fan starting in next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, sh in next ch-4 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, make fan starting in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc] twice. Dc in last dc, turn.

Fritillary Shawl by Aparna Rolfe

Lace pattern repeat:

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in same dc. [Sc in next dc, ch 3, sk 2 dc, (sc in next dc) three times, ch 4, sk 2 dc and next sc, bpct in next ch-3 sp, ch 4, *sk next sc and 3 dc, (sc in next dc) three times, ch 4, sk 3 dc and next sc, bpct in next ch-3 sp, ch 4. Repeat from * until you reach a fan, sk next sc and 2 dc, (sc in next dc) three times, ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc] twice. Sc in last dc, turn.

Row 10: Ch 3. [V in next sc, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next(middle) sc. *Ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, sk bpct, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next(middle) sc. Repeat from * until you have worked the middle sc on a fan, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, V in next sc] twice. Dc in last sc, turn.

Row 11: Ch 3. [Dc in next dc, make fan starting in next ch-1 sp, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, sk next sc, *sh in next ch-4 sp, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, sk next sc. Repeat from * until you reach a ch-1 sp before a V, make fan starting in next 1ch sp, dc in next dc] twice. Dc in last dc, turn.

Repeat Rows 9-11 until shawl body is desired size. End with a Row 9 that has an odd number of bpcts on each edge of the triangle. Sample has 21 bpcts along each edge.

Edging:

Row 1: Ch 3. [V in next sc, ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next(middle) sc, *ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 4, sk bpct, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next(middle) sc. Repeat from * until you have worked the middle sc on a fan, ch 3, sk next sc, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, V in next sc] twice. Dc in last sc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in next dc, make superfan starting in next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp. *Sh in next ch-4 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp. ** Repeat from * until you reach the ch-1 sp before a center V, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, sk next dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 2 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, sk next dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp (center-fan of 12dc made), sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp. Repeat from * to ** until you reach the ch-1 sp before last V, make superfan starting in next ch-1 sp, [dc in next dc] twice, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next dc, *make dsh starting in next dc, sc in next ch-3 sp, [sc in next dc] 9 times, sc in next ch-3 sp, ** rep from * until you reach center-fan, [cl2 in next dc] 6 times, cl3 in next ch-1 sp, [cl2 in next dc] 6 times, sc in next ch-3 sp, [sc in next dc] 9 times, sc in next ch-3 sp, rep from * to ** until last ch-3 sp is worked, make dsh starting in next dc, [dc in next dc] twice, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in same dc, sc in next dc. *Sc in first st of the next dsh, ch 5, sk 3 sts, bpct in center st of dsh, ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in the last st of the dsh, sk next sc, [dc in next sc] 9 times, sk next sc. ** Repeat from * until you reach center-fan, sc in next cl2, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next cl2, ch 3, sk 2 sts, bpct in (center) cl3, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next cl2, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next(last) cl2, sk next sc, [dc in next sc] 9 times, sk next sc. Repeat from * to ** until you reach last dsh, sc in first cl2, ch 5, bpct in center cl2, ch 5, sc in last cl2, [sc in next dc] twice, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in next sc. *Sc in ch-5 sp, ch 5, sk bpct, sc in next ch-5 sp, make tsh starting in next dc.** Repeat from * until you reach ch-3 sp of center-fan, sc in ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 7, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, make tsh starting in next dc. Repeat from * to ** until you reach the next-to-last ch-5 sp, sc in ch-5 sp, ch 5, sk bpct, sc in next ch-5 sp, sk next sc, [dc in next sc] twice, turn.

Row 6: ch 3, dc in next dc, *sh in next 5ch sp, sc in first st of next tsh, ch 5, sk 3 sts, bpct in center st of tsh, ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in last st of tsh,** rep from * until you reach 3ch sp of center-fan, cl3 3 times in 3ch sp, cl3 7 times in next 7ch sp, cl3 3 times in next 3ch sp, sc in next cl3, ch 5, sk 3 sts, bpct in next(center) cl3, ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in next(last) cl3, rep from * to ** until you reach last 5ch sp, sh in last 5ch sp, [dc in next dc] twice, turn.

Row 7: Ch 3, dc in next dc. *Make etsh starting in next dc, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sk bpct, sc in next ch-5 sp.** Repeat from * until you reach center-fan, cl3 in next cl3, ch 3, sk next cl3, sc in next cl3, bpct in next cl3, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, bpct in center cl3, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, bpct in next cl3, sc in next cl3, ch3, sk next cl3, cl3 in next cl3, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sk bpct, sc in next ch-5 sp. Repeat from * to ** until you reach last sh, make etsh starting in next dc, [dc in next dc] twice, turn.

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in same dc, sc in next dc. *Sc in the first st of next etsh, ch 6, sk 7 sts, sc in center cl3 of etsh, ch 6, sk 7 sts, sc in last cl3 of the etsh, sh in next ch-5 sp. ** Repeat from * until the last ch-5 sp before center is worked, sc in next cl3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, dc in ch-1 sp between first and second beads of the center bpct, ch 3, dc in ch-1 sp between second and third beads of the center bpct, ch 2, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-3 sp. Repeat from * to ** until last ch-5 sp is worked, sc in next cl3, ch 6, sk 7 sts, sc in next (center) cl3, ch 6, sk 7 sts, sc in next (last) cl3, [sc in next dc] twice, turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in same sc, sc in next 2 sc. *Sc 9 times in next ch-6 sp, bpct in cl3 one row below the next sc, sc 9 times in next ch-6 sp, sc in next sc, make ftsh starting in next dc, sc in next sc.** Repeat from * until you reach ch-5 sp at center, 3 sc in ch-5 sp, (pb, dc) 3 times in next sc, sk 2ch sp and sc in next dc, (sc, bpct, sc) in next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, sk ch-2 sp and (pb, dc) 3 times in next sc, 3 sc in ch-5 sp, sc in next sc, make ftsh starting in next dc, sc in next sc. Repeat from * to ** until last 2 sts, [sc in next sc] 2 times.

Last Row: Pb, ch 1, turn and start working along the top edge of the shawl. Sc in each sc and sc twice in each dc along the edge until reaching the center st of the shawl. Bpct in center st, resume working sc in each sc and sc twice in each dc until the last st, pb, ch 1, sl st in first st of Row 8 of the edging, bind off.

Finishing: Wet block to final dimensions, pinning the beaded picots of the edging out to form points. Weave in ends.

About the Designer
Aparna RolfeAparna Rolfe finds it hard to write about herself in third person. She has been crocheting since 2008 and is enjoying working through increasingly complicated projects, her latest endeavor being designing patterns. She hopes you enjoy making Fritillary as much as she enjoyed designing it!

Pattern & images © Aparna Rolfe. All rights reserved.

12 responses

  1. I am unfortunately completely confused, starting with row 3, on this pattern! I’ve tried interpreting it a couple of different ways, and each time it’s coming out uneven. I tried to “work through” to the next row, to see if I can figure it out, but it just ends up more confusing. Is it just me?? I’m afraid I may be interpreting the brackets and parentheses incorrectly… :(

  2. Hi! This is a weird question, I know… but can you recommend any yarns for this pattern that are NOT animal based? I’m allergic to all animal fibers.

    Thanks!

    • The first one that came to mind was “Bamboo” or “Rayon”, both are plant based.
      The only problem I can think of is the yarn may have a little too much drape, more so the rayon v. the bamboo as it is generally a heavier yarn than bamboo.
      But I think either one would make this pattern beautifully.
      Hope this helps! :-)

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