Milkweed & Monarch

Both Milkweed and Monarch patterns are automatically 20% off in my web shop, on Ravelry and on Payhip through January 17!

Milkweed/Monarch is the first sweater pattern duo that I’ve ever released. The design started as a milkweed sweater with a column of monarch butterflies inserted into the yoke over the heart area. As I tried to make this happen, the math wasn’t working out, and it was getting too complicated. While the two different motifs complemented each other on paper, they proved incompatible for a single design, so I realized I needed to break it into two separate designs.

Both patterns were designed with The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Soka’pii yarn, which is a light fingering single ply. It has a subtle thick and thin texture and reminds me of handspun. The overall fabric is cloudlike and divine! The colorways are Natural (white), Flower Point (red-orange) and Paul Newman (dark gray).

Front view of a purple Monarch sweater

However, most testers knit their projects with a fingering weight yarn, and both fingering and light fingering weight yardage is provided on the pattern pages and within the pattern itself. For Monarch, a third colorway can be shown to work the specks in the butterflies’ wings (shown in yellow above) via stranded colorwork or duplicate stitch, or they can be worked with the MC color instead. Some testers even worked the specks with beads!

The Monarch sample above was knit by Sara Aviles using Neighborhood Fiber Co Rustic Fingering. The Milkweed sample below was knit by Gabriella Roberts using Malabrigo Mechita.

A Black woman facing the camera is wearing a gray handknit sweater with rainbow milkweed motifs in the yokee

Check out these amazing Milkweed projects knit by some of the testers! Click the links on the pictures to visit their Instagram pages. Some worked various mods, such as butterfly sleeve detail or a different sleeve style. Details on these mods can be viewed in their project pages on Ravelry.

And here are some of the Monarch testers’ projects! One popular mod included working beads in place of the optional CC2 color. Others worked the colorwork with 3 colors throughout. The child size below was worked as a mod. Because I’ve had several requests for child’s sizes for the Monarch pattern, I will be working on releasing that later this year.

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