This patchwork blanket is featuring one of M.C. Eschers great tessellations: http://escher.epfl.ch/iphone/images/escher3.gif
The animals are shaped by various stitch patterns (rib pattern, seed stitch, stocking stitch, twice turned ribbing, garter stitch) and short rows. The tortoises, fish and ducks are completely charted out. So you need to be familiar with reading from a chart to work this blanket. The techniques used are explained in a detailed illustrated appendix. So dont you worry. This pattern might look complicated, but it really is not. And each step is explained in the tutorials. This includes the seams and cutting/steeking.
As always please check before printing if you want to have all the information of the 29 pages on paper as well.
Btw - gauge is not crucial. You might even decide to use worsted weight yarn or any yarn of your choice.
After working the animals separately they are then sewn together and the edges are cut to produce straight edges. There is this miracle about this tessellation that there still wont be any body parts of the animals wasted. Instead you will find that both sides as well as bottom and top can be joined to a tube. That tube will be cut length-wise, and voil, the blanket is perfectly rectangular!
And as a bonus I have included the pattern for all three coastal cushions as well (see pictures).
And you will find the tutorial for sewing in the zipper here: http://justblocked.blogspot.de/2011/10/second-cushion-and-zip.html
Stocking Stitch (knit on rs, purl on ws):
24 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10 cm
Garter Stitch (knit all rows):
24 sts and 24 ridges* = 4 inches/10 cm
* 1 ridge is made up of 2 rows
3871 yards of Fingering weight
My name is Jana Huck. I live in Luebeck, Germany. I started knitting when I searched for something that I still could do while being sick and it has become a passion. I almost started designing right ...
My name is Jana Huck. I live in Luebeck, Germany. I started knitting when I searched for something that I still could do while being sick and it has become a passion. I almost started designing right from the beginning as I had no patience for following directions. I always need a challenge when I knit. I love to have an idea and to think: Yes, this would be nice but it is impossible to do. Then I find a way to do it. Whenever I see hand-knitted items, I try to figure out in my head how they were knit. Of course, there are many, many knitwear designers that I admire and to relax, I now love to work from their patterns.
I feel that it is very fulfilling to write down my ideas and share them with other knitters. Hooray for the internet which is making this so easy!
I have been knitting for a few years now. I am still in awe by the many possibilities. I definitely do not knit fast enough. ;)