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When beginning to swatch for my latest shawl design, I wanted something simple that would showcase a beautiful skein of yarn - something that was easy, looked beautiful, but was still interesting to make - and of course, I wanted my traditional "any weight, any gauge" style. I think this design fits the bill nicely. I used Knit Picks Swish Tonal, a worsted weight yarn, for a quick crochet project, but my testers used yarn from lace to bulky.

I named this shawl the “Julia Heliconian Shawl” because the shape of the shawl reminds me of a butterfly, and the colors remind me of a Julia Heliconian butterfly. There are two versions of this shawl: a straight edged, more “traditional” shaped shawl, or a “batwing” shape, which wraps around your shoulders easily and will stay in place.

And thanks to Tracie Barrett ( for her tech editing skills.

Many thanks to my testers, StarStrong, marjos, Blacky67, CollieGrl64, Ariaya, purlingkitten, debspugs, dtf1

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Anastacia Zittel
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