Milkweed

$8.00

Milkweeds are herbaceous perennials celebrated for their ability to attract swarms of pollinators, including butterflies, moths, bees and wasps. More famously, milkweed is the food plant of the monarch butterfly larva. The flowers of these plants can be white, pink or orange depending on the variety. This sweater design depicts the milkweed plant that is native to Alabama—often referred to as butterfly weed. In the humid summers of the South, these orange flowers can be seen dotting patches of brush and skirting the pine and deciduous forests. They are always a pleasing sight!

Milkweed is a pullover design featuring a stranded colorwork yoke using light fingering or fingering weight yarn. The construction is entirely top down and in the round. Choose from a rolled edge for the neckband and cuffs or a simple ribbed style. The pattern also includes optional side seams and waist shaping.

Description

SIZING

1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

To fit bust circumference of 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) (48, 52, 56, 60, 64) in/70 (80, 90, 100, 110) (120, 130, 140, 150, 160) cm

Finished bust circumference: 32.25 (36.25, 41, 45, 49) (53, 57, 61, 65, 69) in/80.5 (90.5, 102.5, 112.5, 122.5) (132.5, 142.5, 152.5, 162.5, 172.5) cm

Intended to fit with approximately 4.25-5 in/10.5-12.5 cm of positive ease. White/orange sample is size 3 on a 38 in/96.5 cm bust. Gray/green sample is a size 8 on a 58 in/147 cm bust. When choosing a size, please review the Schematic on Page 10 of the pattern PDF or in the photo gallery.

BLOCKED GAUGE

Colorwork: 26 sts and 36 rnds = 4 in/10 cm

Stockinette: 26 sts and 38 rnds = 4 in/10 cm

NEEDLES

Ribbing: Size US 2/2.75 mm circulars, 16 in/40 cm for neckband and 32 in/80 cm or longer for hem and cuffs; DPNs or small circumference circulars if not using magic loop for cuffs

Main: Size US 4/3.5 mm circulars, 24 in/60 cm for the upper yoke and 32 in/80 cm or longer for the yoke, body and sleeves; DPNs or small circumference circulars if not using magic loop for sleeves

Optional: Size US 3/3.25 mm circulars, 24-47 in/60-120 cm to maintain stockinette gauge, if needed

NOTIONS

1 unique BOR marker, scrap yarn for sleeves and darning needle for weaving in ends

Optional: 4 markers for side seams and waist shaping

YARN

The Farmer’s Daughter Soka’pii (100% MT & WY Rambouillet 248 yards/227 meters per 50 g skein, light fingering) or any light fingering or fingering weight yarn. Soka’pii is a subtle thick and thin light single ply that is amazingly soft and cloudlike. For more drape, a sock yarn or single ply merino is recommended. Choose yarns with plenty of contrast. Yardage for either fingering or light fingering is provided. Please note that while row gauge may be difficult to achieve with fingering weight, there is some leeway built into the yoke depth of the pattern.

YARDAGE

Light fingering

MC: 1265 (1438, 1657, 1830, 2083) (2327, 2517, 2753, 2940, 3122) yards / 1156 (1314, 1515, 1673, 1904) (2127, 2301, 2517, 2688, 2854) meters

CC: 174 (198, 228, 252, 287) (321, 347, 380, 406, 431) yards / 159 (181, 208, 230, 262) (293, 317, 347, 371, 394) meters

Fingering

MC: 1012 (1150, 1326, 1464, 1666) (1862, 2139, 2340, 2499, 2654) yards / 925 (1051, 1212, 1338, 1523) (1702, 1956, 2139, 2285, 2426) meters

CC: 139 (158, 182, 202, 230) (257, 295, 323, 345, 366) yards / 127 (145, 166, 184, 210) (234, 269, 295, 315, 335) meters