As my Tiling Fish and On the Shore designs, this patchwork blanket is featuring one of Dutch grafic artist M. C. Eschers awe-inspiring famous tessellations (tessellation 70).
The butterflies are knit separately and then sewn together. Finally the edges are cut straight and embellished with an attached I-cord edging. Amazingly, when cutting, there wont be any body parts of the butterflies wasted. Instead, you will find that top and bottom can be joined to a tube. That tube will be cut length-wise. Repeat for both sides and there it is: the blanket is perfectly rectangular!
The butterflies are shaped using different increases and decreases as well as short rows and several knitting atterns (linen stitch, stocking stitch, garter ribs and bobbles). The pattern is charted, so you need to be familiar with working from a chart to knit this blanket. The techniques used are explained in a detailed illustrated appendix. So dont you worry. This pattern might look difficult - but it really is not. And each step is explained in the tutorials. This includes the seams and cutting/steeking.
For every 6th butterfly, you will hold a thin strand of metallic thread with the yarn for some extra sparkle.
As always please check before printing if you want to have all the information of the 21 pages on paper.
41 sts and 78 rows = 10 cm (4 in)
- in linen st
Rs rows: *K1, sl1 wyif; rep from * to end.
Ws rows: *P1, sl1 wyib; rep from * to end.
- US#1.5/2.5 mm needles
You may use a different gauge as long as you have the same st-row ratio.
3082 yards of Lace 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. ;)