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Knitting for me is all about experimenting, trying new things, re-discovering old stuff and mixing everything together.

I also like a challenge when I knit. I enjoy immensely to have an idea and ...

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Tiling Butterfly

from janukke Strickdesign
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Tiling Butterfly
Tiling Butterfly
Tiling Butterfly
Tiling Butterfly
Tiling Butterfly

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • you will learn (there are illustrated tutorials):
  • crochet cast-on
  • backwards loop cast-on
  • increases
  • decreses
  • short rows
  • bobble
  • basic knit bind-off
  • attached i-cord edging
  • sewing
  • cutting

Pattern Description:

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.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 97.5 cm (38.5 in) long and 84 cm (33 in) wide; each butterfly is approx. 9 cm (3.5 in) long and 15.5 cm (6 in) wide.


  • US#1.5/2.5 mm circular, 60 cm (24 in) or longer [for the butterflies]
  • 2 dpns US#6/4 mm [for the edging]

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers [to mark prominent parts of the charts]
  • 1 tapestry needle, pins [for sewing and blocking]
  • 1 sewing machine, 1 tapestry needle, 1 pair of scissors, sewing thread matching the colour of the darkest yarn, contrasting waste yarn [for cutting]
  • 1 crochet hook US#B-1/2 mm [for the crochet cast-on and the edging]

Suggested yarn:

3082 yards of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Holst yarn, supersoft uld


sloe, burnt orange, sunrise