New Pattern: Menhir

When it rains it pours (literally and figuratively)! I have yet another new pattern to share today – Menhir.

Menhir was released this past weekend at A Verb for Keeping Warm‘s booth at Stitches West, and is part of part of an ongoing collaboration I have with Andrea Mowry of dreareneeknits, Naturally Straight Forward! The idea behind this collection is to showcase natural colours, feature patterns that are simple but engaging, and to incorporate some play on ‘stripes’ within the design.

The inspiration behind Menhir is taken from one of my most favourite sweaters. It’s one I found at a thrift store long ago, and I must wear it multiple times a week. In this hand knit version I kept the comfy drop shoulders, wide neckline and generously long sleeves, but added an all over texture for dimension and interest. The result is a luxuriously simple, elegantly comfortable sweater.

Enjoy 15% using code MENHIRLOVE at checkout, until end of day 3/1!

4 (4, 4, 5)(5, 6) skeins, A Verb for Keeping Warm Annapurna; 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 385 yds, 4 oz, shown in “Topological”
4 (4, 4, 5)(5, 6) skeins, A Verb for Keeping Warm Dress Circle; 70% US Merino, 30% Silk; 390 yds, 4 oz
or 1200 (1330, 1500, 1640)(1800 1950)yds/1098 (1217, 1372, 1500)(1646, 1784)m in sport weight yarn

Needles & Notion
US 6/4 mm circular needle
US 3/3.25 mm circular and straight needle
1 set US 6/4 mm DPN
1 set US 3/3.25mm DPN
or size needed to obtain gauge
Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle

24 stitches x 34 rows = 4”/10cm in Extended Broken Rib

35 (39, 43, 47)(51, 55)”/ 89 (99, 109.5, 119.5)(129.5, 140)cm chest
Sample size is 43”/109cm, worn with 7”/18cm positive ease

Last year Andrea and I spent some time at Stitches West and came home with some gorgeous naturally dyed skeins from AVFKW. Fast forward a year later and we have a shawl and a sweater to add to our ongoing Naturally Straight Forward collection. Boho Blush is Andrea’s design and calls for their Entwined yarn in the colour way Mesa (I think we fought for that colour, haha!)

You can find kits for both shawl and pullover on AVFKW’s site here: Menhir Kit. Boho Blush Kit


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