Carenada Mariposa/ Beaded Butterfly Cowl/ Plums

Price: $27.50 $23.38
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A lovely new creation, designed by Susan Sarabasha, this gorgeous butterfly cowl combines glowing beads with a stunning yarn and a really neat pattern as well!

Here is how Susan describes her Carenada Mariposa:

Part neckerchief. Part cowl. Made in one piece from the tippy point as flat knitting to the neck where round knitting completes this stylish cowl.

Stylish, warm and sparkly.

Beaded butterfly plus beaded lacey neck with charted instructions.

This cowlerchief will dress up any top. Quite striking indeed.

And for those who are somewhat scared of charts -- fear not! Every return row in the flat section is purled and every other round is knit, so the whole gives you lots of rests. Not hard at all.

The Yarn

The yarn which Susan used in her piece is the exact same as we offer in this kit.

Cash Fine is a heavy lace weight or a light fingering weight yarn, depending on how you use it. With 355 yards (325m) per 1.75 oz (50g) skein, and composed of 70% extrafine merino wool/ 30% cashmere, this yarn is perfect!

It is a really delightful yarn for next-to-skin wear -- it truly is soft and delicious.

The Colorway

The colorway that Susan used in her original is called Plums and it is that a deep and rich purple, once reserved only for high aristocracy.

The Beads

About 40 grams/ 480 size 6/0 beads are needed to make this beauty. Susan used Silver Lined Dark Smoky Amethyst. Other amethyst/purple beads also look great. Or alternatively, we could go with beads that will really hold forth and sing! Perhaps Silver Lined Crystal as tiny stars on the firmament. Or maybe golden beads to add another level of richness.

Your kit will come with more than enough beads to make the full cowl. If you have a preference on color, let me know. Otherwise I will choose for you.

Each kit will include one skein of yarn plus the beads as described above. And perhaps the pattern (see next paragraph).

The Pattern


Note also that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Susan via her Ravelry web page. In that case, make sure the drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed." Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, then the "Pattern" drop-down menu should be set to that. We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and usually do it right before I ship your kit).


This feels absolutely marvelous. And looks amazing too. Perfect for yourself or as a gift (if you could bear to give it away)!