What color is a PST tube

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As my Tiling Fish and On the Shore designs, this patchwork blanket is featuring one of Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher's 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 won’t 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 don't 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.

Gauge is not crucial. You might even decide to use, for example, worsted weight yarn or any yarn of your choice.

The materials you´ll need at one glance:
Yarn

  • heavy lace weight yarn, shown in:

Holst yarn, super soft uld; 2-ply; 100% pure wool; 575 m (627 yd) / 100 g

Color A - sloe: 36 m (40 yd) /6.25 g for each butterfly
230 m (252 yd) / 40 g for the edging
1057 m (1156 yd) / 184 g in total

Color B - burnt orange: 36 m (40 yd) /6.25 g for each butterfly
863 m (943 yd) / 150 g in total

Color C - sunrise: 36 m (40 yd) /6.25 g for each butterfly
863 m (943 yd) / 150 g in total

Contrasting color: pidgeon: 36 m (40 yd) /6.25 g for one butterfly

  • Metallic thread, gold; 1000 m (1094 yards) / cone; you will need enough metallic thread for 12 butterflies, i.e. approximately 432 m (472 yards)

Needles

  • US # 1.5 / 2.5 mm circular, 30 cm (12 in) or longer for the butterflies
  • 2 dpns US # 6/4 mm for the edging

Notions

  • 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 color 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

Gauge
41 sts and 78 rows = 10 cm (4 in)
- linen st
Rs rows: K1, sl1 wyif; rep.
Ws rows: P1, sl1 wyib; rep.
- US # 1.5 / 2.5 mm needles
You may use a different gauge as long as you have the same st-row ratio.

Finished size
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.
The blanket contains 72 butterflies in total.
The blanket is made up of 4 rows and each row is made up of 3 hexagons.
Each hexagon is made up of 6 butterflies.

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The design for the butterflies, like the fish and the animals on the bank, goes back to one of M. C. Escher's famous tessellations (Tessellation 70).

The butterflies are worked individually and then sewn together. Finally, the edges have to be straightened. And although a sewing machine and scissors are used for this, there are no leftovers. Because the top and bottom edges of the ceiling fit together. When both are sewn together, a tube is created. This tube is cut lengthways - after the stitches have been secured on both sides of the cut edge, of course. And the sides are straightened out. The same works for the side edges. This creates a rectangular ceiling.

The butterflies are formed by different patterns (weave pattern, straight and garter knitted fabric as well as knobs), by increases and decreases and by shortened rows. Each butterfly is completely summarized in a three-part chart. So it is a prerequisite to be familiar with working from knitting scripts in order to knit this pattern. All other techniques used - including sewing and cutting - are explained step by step in an illustrated appendix.

With every 6th butterfly a golden thread is carried along.

The pattern looks more complicated than it is. Even those who have never cut or “punched” will have no problems understanding the instructions.

As always, it makes sense to take a close look before printing to decide which information from the 20-page pattern you would like to have on paper.

A Color scheme blank helps to test the effect of different color combinations on the pattern on the computer or with colored pencils.

The required material at a glance:
Wool

  • Holst Yarn - Supersoft Uld; 2-fold; 100% virgin wool; 575 m / 100 g

Fb A - sloe (sloe): 36 m / 6.25 g per butterfly
230 m / 40 g for the edge
1057 m / 183.75 g in total
Fb B - burnt orange:
36 m / 6.25 g per butterfly
863 m / 150 g in total
Fb C - sunrise:
36 m / 6.25 g per butterfly
863 m / 150 g in total
Contrast color: Pidgeon (pigeon):
36 m / 6.25 g for a butterfly

Wool for a larger needle size is also well suited, see "Tension Sample".
The consumption information per butterfly also includes the amount of wool required for sewing.

  • Filler thread metallic - gold; 1000 m / spool; Consumption: thread for 12 butterflies, approx. 432 m

Needles

  • Circular knitting needle size 2.5; 60 cm or longer (for the butterflies)
  • 2 rows of double pointed needles size 4 (for the edge)

Miscellaneous:

  • if necessary some stitch markers (for working the knitting scripts)
  • 1 darning needle and pins (for sewing and tensioning)
  • 1 sewing machine, 1 darning needle, 1 scissors, sewing thread in the darkest of the colors used, 1 auxiliary thread in a contrasting color (for cutting)
  • 1 crochet hook no.2 (for the crochet cast-on and the edge)

Knitting sample
41 sts x 78 rows = 10 cm x 10 cm in a woven pattern with Nd. No. 2.5
Weave pattern:
Hinr: (K 1, P 1 st - thread in front); Repeat the information in brackets continuously.
Back row: (P 1 st, P 1 st - back thread); Repeat the information in brackets continuously.

You can work with a different gauge. Then it is important to keep the stitches to rows ratio.

size
The blanket is 97.5 cm long and 84 cm wide.
A butterfly has a wingspan of 15.5 cm and is 9 cm long.
The blanket consists of a total of 72 butterflies, of which 24 are in color B, 24 in color C, 23 in color A and 1 in a contrasting color.
It consists of 4 rows with 3 hexagons each.
Each hexagon contains 6 butterflies.

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