The Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, is perhaps the most famous butterfly in North America or even the world. These amazing creatures migrate northward up to 3000 miles each spring after spending their winters in Mexico or California.
Great clusters of them can be seen during the migration period, entire trees can be covered with their cinnamon, orange, and gold wings providing a most amazing sight. There are many unknowns about the Monarch’s migration process because the individuals never make the full round trip. It is their children’s grandchildren that return.
This shawl’s pattern was influenced by the Monarch’s wings. Should the completed shawl be worn by you for awhile and then passed on to a child or grandchild, well, that would seem appropriate, too.
Original Design was knit in Lost City Knits Llama Bamboo Sport, natural colorway. A second has been knit (but not yet photographed) in Lost City Knits Llama Bamboo Red Dirt Roads, and Extra Virgin colorway.
Materials Needed: 220 yards/201 meters of sport weight yarn. Size 7 US/ 4.5 mm circular needle. Four Stitch markers.
Happy Knitting and Happy Butterfly Watching!