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Lightning Bugs

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    • Knitting pattern for shallow shawl featuring elliptical firefly pattern
    • Photo tutorial included
    • Suitable for intermediate knitters

    Pattern measurements: only inches
    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    As summer came on at our old farm in rural Virginia, lightning bugs would blink lazily against the darkening trees as the day slipped off elsewhere. Inspired by their elliptical arcs, Lightning Bugs is knit from the top down in garter stitch. Gathered elongated stitches make the ‘bugs,’ and slipped stitches form the dots.

    Skills required: increasing, slipping stitches, yarn overs, short rows. A photo tutorial is included for the ‘bug’ stitches.

    Finished measurements: approximately 213.5 cm across and 38 cm deep

    Gauge: 20 stitches to 10 cm in blocked garter stitch

    Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.

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    Materials you need at home:

    • Approximately 905 m of fingering weight yarn: 630 m of the main (background) color and 275 m of the contrasting (bug) color. Sample was knit in Skeinny Dipping Merino Single (100% superwash single-ply wool)
    • 3.75 mm/US 5 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. Because of the number of stitches, a circular works best
    • Stitch markers
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends