Nachtfalter (German for ‘moth’ or ‘nightflying butterfly’) is a fun color block top with a bold lace pattern, ribbed and cabled bottom and cute, short cap sleeves. The lace always reminds me more of moths than its namesake honey bees – hence the tongue-breaking name. (I’m glad to wear a nachtfalter, but a moth? I don’t want to even think of moths in connection with my knitwear. Shoo! Bad moth!)
In this top you have everything you can ask for in your knitting. Cables? Check. Ribbing? Check? In the round? Check. Worked flat? Check. Lace? Check.
There is virtually no shaping and almost no finishing to be done, while you’re allowed to play around with different yarns and to combine your favourite colors, Nachtfalter is a perfect summer knit. Wear it over tank top, flirty skirt and heels for a night on the town. Or head out to the beach in slim capris and flip flops.
Finished Size S (M, L, XL, XXL): Bust circumference 32 (35, 38, 41, 46)’’ – 80 (88, 96, 104, 116) cm. Actual garment size: 42.75 (49.5, 51.75, 56.25, 63)’’ – 108.5 (125.5, 131.5, 143, 160) cm bust circumference. Top shown in Knit Picks in size 35”, in Masi Knits in size 32”.
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Sport (MC), 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 136yds/50g: #2138 Pomegranate, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3) balls. Knit Picks CotLin (CC), 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen; 123yds/50g: #U070 Surf, 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) balls.
Yarn: masi|knits Bottoms Up, 100% Organic Wool; 293yds/90g: Caipirinha, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins.
Needles: Size 6 (4 mm): 16’’ cir or straight; Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16’’ cir. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers, tapestry needle, large stitch holder or waste yarn.
Gauge 36 sts and 29 rows = 4’’ / 10 cm in relaxed Baby Cable Ribbing on smaller needles with MC.
21 sts and 24 rows = 4’’ / 10 cm in Honey Bee Lace pattern on larger needles with CC.
Note The top is knit in the round from the bottom up. When you start the lace pattern, front and back are separated and worked flat. Attention size L girls! To get the stitch counts to behave I had to rearrange the lace pattern for your size, so please follow the revised instructions below the regular Honey Bee Lace pattern.
The Designer Stefanie Pollmeier works, knits and designs in Münster, Germany. You can read about her knitting and designing adventures and constant battles against cat hair, stash growth, and WIP overload on rewolluzza.wordpress.com or find her as chaoscat on Ravelry. For questions about this pattern please contact Stefanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.