Monarch Season Shawl by Lavanya Patricella

Monarch Season Shawl

March 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in 2 color brioche stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
780 - 800 yards (713 - 732 m)
79” wingspan, 19” at center point
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I knit this shawl in honor of a little creature I love a lot, the monarch butterfly. It uses 2 skeins of fingering weight yarn (1 of each color), with brioche increases and decreases to make a pattern inspired by monarch wings. The monarch population has been struggling for many years and is critically endangered. Butterflies and bees are an integral part of our survival as a species. You can help when possible by not using pesticides, supporting organic agriculture, planting a pollinator garden, and letting milkweed (their only food source) grow.

US 4 40” circular needles
4 stitch markers
380 yards of Fingering weight yarn (RS foreground, Color A in pattern - Barnyard Knits - Monarch Meadow)
400 yards of Fingering weight yarn (RS background, Color B in pattern - Barnyard Knits - Blackboard)

79” wingspan, 19” at center point

13 1⁄2 stitches and 33 rows = 4” in two color brioche stitch (after blocking) on US 4 needles.