POW: Monarch Shawl

I’m in a filet state of mind as we prepare our Summer 2017 issue of Interweave Crochet. I love filet crochet and the intricate patterns it can make. If you want to get a jump on the summer filet trend, try Kathryn White’s Monarch Shawl from Interweave Crochet Spring 2017.

Kathryn White is known for creating excellent filet crochet designs, and she takes it to a new level with this project. Not only does she use the classic filet technique to incorporate the delicate wing surface patterning of a butterfly, she also uses increase and decrease stitches to make the entire project into a butterfly shape. Lacet stitches incorporated into the design give it some added shaping beyond the standard open mesh and closed block stitches typically found in filet. Overstitching in black completes the butterfly design.

This wrap also lays perfectly on the neck and shoulders. The top fastening allows the shawl to drape beautifully across the shoulders with the wings draping down the back. I truly can’t wait to make this shawl as it is both very wearable and completely one of a kind. Nazli Gelin’s incredible cotton has an especially nice drape for this project. The shawl is made in size 3 thread, a pretty common size—so could easily be made in a wide range of incredible colors. Or, you might repeat our choice of caramel yarn to replicate the monarch butterfly’s distinctive color patterning.
Monarch Shawl

Pattern Details

Finished Size: 50″ wide and 22″ long.

Yarn: Nazli Gelin Garden 3 (distributed by Universal Yarn) (100% mercerized Egyptian Giza cotton; 136 yd [124 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]; #300-20 caramel (A), 6 balls; #300-25 black (B), 1 ball.

Hook: Size E/4 (3.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle.

Gauge: 8 blocks =4½”; 9 rows=4″.

Do you think you’ll try out the pattern for this fabulous shawl? Let us know in the comments!

-Sara Dudek
Associate Editor, Interweave Crochet

Nature-Inspired, Just for You


  1. susanne w at 10:47 am April 6, 2017

    I would like to try this pattern. Where is it located? Thanks

  2. Jan B at 6:18 pm April 6, 2017

    I would love to try the Monarch Butterfly Shawl. How can I get the pattern?
    Jan B

  3. Karen E at 4:05 am April 29, 2017

    Showed this to a lover of Monarchs, she asked if I would crochet it for her. Is there anything that says the difficulty level, or challenges to this pattern? I’m trying to find out if I am good enough to tackle this for an acquaintance. Any pros or cons? Caveats? Average length of time to completion? Thank you.

  4. sara d at 10:52 am May 10, 2017

    Hi Karen E! Awesome! For difficulty level, we have ranked this as Intermediate – projects with a variety of stitches with mid-level shaping and finishing and requiring a fair amount of focus. It uses the filet crochet technique, which can be a little confusing if you haven’t done it before. We do have an article on filet crochet written by the designer of this pattern in our Summer issue releasing at the end of this month, so that could be an excellent resource for you! The project uses crochet thread and a smaller hook, so it is a bit more of a time commitment. The time it takes to complete is widely variable from person to person. I hope you do try to make this project! It is one of my favorites.

  5. Amanda H at 9:13 pm June 6, 2017

    I have a subscription to Interweave Crochet and I am interested in making the Monarch Shawl. I can’t seem to find the pattern anywhere though. Suggestions? When I go to the link above, I’m prompted to buy the magazine online, but I already have it in print as it arrived in the mail today. Am I missing something? 🙂


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