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Flying Geese Blanket

Knitting
March 2006
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 39 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm

Pattern description from Mason-Dixon Knitting: “This Flying Geese pattern kicks the notion of knitting a quilt up a notch. The pattern adds a new shape, the triangle, to your repertory, but you use the familiar Log Cabin technique of joining the pieces together by picking up stitches along an edge. In this design, Ann Buechner deftly combines the more complex geese shapes with simple blocks in a subtly variegated yarn. If you use contrasting shades of a self-striping yarn for the triangles of the geese motif, you’ll create constantly shifting waves of color. This blanket is pieces together in much the same way as a fabric quilt. The strips of triangles, or ‘geese,’ which are made separately, are the ideal small project to carry around with you. The large squares are picked up and knitted onto the edges of the triangles strips (fewer seams to sew!). The small corner squares are miters that are picked up from the ends of the triangle strips, eliminating even more seams. Note: If you don’t mind weaving in ends, you can cut the yarn every time you finish a triangle. If you want to simplify, you can carry the yarn not in use up the side of the triangle, as you do when making stripes. On the left small triangle, you will have to ‘purl up’ the stitches (pick them up from the wrong side) to be able to carry up the yarn. You can also just cut the yarn and pick up stitches like a normal person.”

Size: Approx 29” x 41” (74 cm x 105 cm)

Materials:

  • Harris yarns with Rowan DK 1.75 oz (50 g) balls, each approx 123 yds (113 m), wool A: apple green (A), 2 balls; B: moss green, 2 balls; C: lobster red, 4 balls; D: tomato red, 2 balls; E: brown, 1 ball
  • Size 6 (4 mm) needles or size needed to achieve gauge.

This pattern may be found on pages 84-85 of Mason-Dixon Knitting.