Monarch

$8.00

Without a doubt, monarchs are the most iconic butterfly in the United States. They are most famous for their annual migration, which takes place each spring and late summer/fall. Some journey as far as 3,000 miles to their winter homes in the south!

This pullover design features a stranded colorwork yoke using fingering weight yarn. The construction is entirely top down and in the round, and the pattern includes optional side seams and waist shaping. The monarch motifs represent an attempt to capture these magnificent butterflies in flight, perhaps on their migratory trek across the continent.

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: 35 (39, 43.5, 47.5, 51.5) (55.5, 59.5, 63.5, 67.5, 71.5) in / 87.5 (97.5, 109, 119, 129) (139, 149, 159, 169, 179) cm

Intended to fit with approximately 7-7.5 in / 17.5-19 cm of positive ease. Orange/gray sample is knit with Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Soka’pii and is size 3 on a 37 in / 94 cm bust. Purple sample is knit with Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering and is size 6 on a 55 in / 140 cm bust.

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 stitch markers for side seams and waist shaping; beads in lieu of the white stitches

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. Yardage for either yarn weight is provided below. Soka’pii is a subtle thick and thin single ply that is amazingly soft and cloudlike. MC colorway is Paul Newman, CC1 is Flower Point and CC2 is Natural. For more drape, a sock yarn or single ply merino is recommended. Choose yarns with plenty of contrast.

YARDAGE

The yardage below is broken into fingering or light fingering. Follow the yardage for the yarn weight you plan to use. 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.

Please Note: CC2 is optional and can be worked with MC, or as some testers did, with beads.

Light fingering

MC: 1204 (1336, 1543, 1695, 1940) (2125, 2292, 2526, 2674, 2834) yards / 1101 (1222, 1411, 1550, 1774) (1943, 2096, 2310, 2445, 2591) meters

CC1: 248 (275, 318, 349, 399) (437, 471, 519, 549, 582) yards / 227 (251, 291, 319, 365) (400, 431, 475, 502, 532) meters

CC2: 8 (9, 10, 11, 13) 1(4, 15, 17, 18, 19) yards / 7 (8, 9, 10, 12) (13, 14, 16, 16, 17) meters

Fingering

MC: 963 (1069, 11234, 1356, 1552) (1700, 1948, 2147, 2273, 2409) yards / 881 (977, 1128, 1240, 1419) (1554, 1781, 1963, 2078, 2203) meters

CC1: 198 (220, 254, 279, 319) (350, 400, 441, 467, 495) yards / 181 (201, 232, 255, 292) (320, 366, 403, 427, 453) yards

CC2: 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) (13, 14, 15, 16) yards / 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) (10, 12, 13, 14, 15) meters