“You have to get out in the prairie to understand it,” said Jane Koger, a fifth generation Kansas rancher during my visit to her land, which stretches almost as far as the eye can see. That’s saying a lot in the Flint Hills of Kansas, where Jane’s ranch lies.
To prove her point, Jane mentioned that a survey of flora and fauna on her land turned up 56 species of butterflies, which was far more than she would have guessed. To her, that diversity of species of butterflies told her that she was doing something right by her land; that she had created not a pasture full of one type of life, but a prairie full of abundance and diversity.
Jane’s outlook on her land and her work are an inspiration. Because of my time with her I designed the 56 Butterflies Poncho, which is an easy piece to knit. It’s worked in the round with each of the four panels depicting fourteen butterflies as small cables.
Four panels of fourteen butterflies equals fifty-six butterflies.
This simple top down poncho requires approx 1230 yds / 1125 meters of fingering weight wool. (10 balls of J&S jumper is ideal)
This is a single pattern from the book Deep Roots – Patterns Inspired by the Tallgrass Prairie.