Finished Object – Noro Butterfly


I figured I would end the FO parade with a bang or maybe a flutter with the debut of the long awaited (or maybe not) Noro Butterfly sweater. I loved this sweater since I saw one of my knit group members sporting it. I knew I had to have it but due to yarn cost I postponed until the time was right (i.e. the yarn was on sale). This sweater knit up extremely fast and I have been finished for almost a month before today’s final reveal (eek!) Anyhoo on to the details…

Yarn: Noro Kureyon
Inspiration: Noro Butterfly
Size 8
Yardage: 13 balls
Modifications: Reduced the sleeve length to 17.5″ instead of 20.75″
Enjoyment Factor: 9

Knit Time: 5/24/07 – 7/1/07

The Good:

  • Can’t beat sale yarn! Got the yarn for a steal so it made the knitting that much more enjoyable
  • I kept saying that this knit itself and it really did! This is one of the fastest and most addictive sweaters I have knit. Too bad it is 80+ degrees outside. But I just couldn’t stop!
  • This thing is warm but not heavy. It floats like a butterfly and the colors sting like a bee. Ok the colors are not that much of a zinger but the Muhammed Ali reference had to be through in there somewhere.
  • I was worried about fit, because the sweater, if knit in the wrong size looked like it would swallow you whole, but my size proved be the right size after all. Sleeves were another story….
  • Kureyon, although not soft in nature, does soften up with a good wash in Soak or other woolwash. Plus I don’t mind a little scratchiness and for me this is not really scratchy at all.
  • Damn, my finishing skills are improving immensely. I used to be afraid of the finishing on sweaters but now its not so bad, even looks kinda good in the end.


The Bad:

  • I had some collar issues. Also, despite my pinning and steaming, it still tends to roll a little bit unless I wear it with a little bit of a high collar in the back. I don’t think that will ever go away.


  • Matching those stripes. I was not obsessive about it, but it was a concern so I at least made an effort at getting them to match. I did pretty good all around. The sleeves were a little off, but nothing that you would immediately notice. In the end I was left with some of the uglier color bits, which if spit spliced together, equals about 3/4 of a ball of Kureyon. Hmmm….guys like ugly colors right πŸ™‚

The Ugly:

  • What the hell type of monkey arms does the models at Noro have that they would suggest a 20.75″ sleeve on this!! I reduced the length to 17.5″, that is a 3.25″ reduction, and it still came out on the long side. Long is what I wanted, but Noro was going for octopus extensions with those measurements.
  • Trying not to follow the painful odyssey of other Butterfly knitters, I seamed the fronts and backs and then safety pinning the sleeve in to try it on. Good thing, because I ended up having to reknit the sleeve cap on the second one to match my new 17.5″ measurements. All in all I got some really cuddly and beautiful sleeves out of the deal but I repeat, what was Noro thinking!


46 thoughts on “Finished Object – Noro Butterfly

  1. VERY nice!!! You did a great job and you know make me want to add this to my knitting que b/c I LOVE NORO!! :oD
    Where did you get it on sale? Online? LYS?

  2. I commented on craftster, but I wanted to say again how much I love this sweater. I second the “where did you get the yarn on sale?” question.

  3. Holy, cow! What a lot of sewing and knitting FO’s! The bag, skirt, and sun hat are all lovely. Orangina (flamingo-ina?) looks fabulous, and Noro Butterfly is completely amazing (great job on the stripe matching)! Gorgeous stuff!

  4. It turned out great, and it looks great on you! Been enjoying all your modeling of your handmade clothing and accessories. You’re an inspiration.

  5. I think you did an awesome job on this! Love the Butterfly and it really looks good on you. You picked a great color for the Noro and it looks wonderful on you. Good job on the finishing too. Depending on who wrote the pattern (I think Jane Ellison), that is usually the fault of the designer how long the arm length is. Typically they use their own measurments or some standardized measurement which may account for the monkey arm lengths!

  6. I found your blog by accident when I was stalking the craftster site. I am so jealous. I am trying to learn how to knit, but it’s worse than learning calculus. I loved your wit and talent, but now my jealousy has overtaken me and I am green with envy. I am beggining to raise my fist to the sky and proclaim, “death to the knitters!!!!” but I love your projects! (it’s an inner conflict) Great job!

  7. You are just a machine! This sweater is beautiful!! I know you say this has been done for a while, but seriously, do you sleep?? This is probably the best FO parade I’ve ever seen!

  8. Oh man, I love this sweater, it looks perfect for fall. That yarn looks amazing too! Very nice, although, what the hell on the sleeves? That’s ridiculous!

  9. I saw your sweater on Crafster, and I just had to come get all the details! This sweater is just beautiful, what a great job! I’m impressed by the stripe matching–I know that can be a pain with Noro. This is another one I’ll have to add to my list:)

  10. This sweater is wonderful! I have worked with Noro yarn before, but I had a hard time keeping the stripe colors even. This yarn is too expensive to waste any of it. Your striping is even and looks great! Maybe I will give this yarn another try.

  11. Hello! the Noro sweater is gorgeous. I have to tell you, I have JUST discovered your blog via the craftster link. What a treasure trove! I am having the BEST time oohing and aaahing over all your amazing finished objects! One after another after another…. I’m dizzy!!
    signed, your newest reader….

  12. I think that’s the nicest Butterfly I’ve seen! It fits so well, and the colors are just lovely on you. I’m not sure what Ellison was thinking with a 20+-inch sleeve. That’s nutso!

  13. Well that thing is gorgeous! You did a splendid job on fit and finish. Feather and Fan does such a great job with self-striping yarn. You should be very proud of this, it’s quite lovely.

  14. This is gorgeous. I like your “good, bad and ugly” style comments (on the Oraniana, too). I tend to have to add length to sweater arms…could this be one that’s just right for my orangutan limbs?

    both recent FOs are awesome and I’m glad you shared both photos and comments! Keep up the great work.

  15. Wow, wow, wow! I found your site through Ashley of Dogged Knits, and I’m SO impressed with all your FOs. They are all beautiful! I’m especially impressed with the lovely Amy Butler skirt and the Noro Butterfly–they look so flattering on you. Wow!

  16. Beautiful! Again, I’m in awe at your matchiness, this time with the Noro stripes. It’s truly a feat, given the number of knots in those little balls…

  17. wow – that is fabulous and looks beautiful on you. I had heard of this pattern but had yet to see one on a real person. Congratulations on a great sweater! Enjoy. . .

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